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Renegade Writers’ Collective Inaugural Event, July 27

Categories: NER Community, Readings

RRS Poster PhotoWe are pleased to join with ArtsRiot and Fiddleback literary magazine to support Vermont’s newest literary force—the Renegade Writers’ Collective.

Please join us at the inaugural event of their Renegade Reading Series on Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the JDK Gallery, 47 Maple Street, Burlington ($5 suggested donation).

The reading features NER Vermont Reading Series coordinator Christopher Ross, as well as authors Kim MacQueen, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Dave Patterson, and Andrew F. Sullivan, with special musical guest The High Spirits.

Announcing the new NER: Vol. 34, #1

Categories: News & Notes

The new issue of New England Review has just shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. In this issue, Joseph McElroy turns his mind to the ways of wetlands and the costs of human intervention; Kathleen Chaplin listens for the death knock through generations of her Irish family; Ashley Hope Pérez assesses Anne Sexton’s difficult ambitions as a poet and teacher; Joanne Jacobson follows her mother into a garden that grows smaller with time; and in a selection of letters spanning his productive career, Italo Calvino reveals his life as a writer conditioned by history.

Also in these pages you’ll find new poems by Aaron Baker, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Joanne Dominique Dwyer, Tarfia Faizullah, Debora Greger, Benjamin S. Grossberg, Joshua R. Helms, James Hoch, Maria Hummel, Eric Pankey, Melissa Range, and Andres Rojas; new fiction from Michael Coffey, Kathryn Davis, Steve De Jarnatt, Lisa Van Orman Hadley, and Christine Sneed; and a translation of Yves Bonnefoy by Hoyt Rogers. On the cover is Schroon River #2 by Irma Cerese. We dedicate this issue to NER contributor A. J. Sherman (1934–2013): distinguished author, generous friend, unfailing observer.

Get a copy of the beautiful new issue here — or better yet, subscribe!

NER presents Middlebury alumni authors: June 8

Categories: NER Community, Readings

New England Review is pleased to present a gathering of alumni authors during Middlebury’s reunion weekend on Saturday, June 8, at 2:30 p.m. Dan Elish ’83, Lucas Farrell ’03, John Kolvenbach ’88 (with Alex Draper ’88 and Alec Strum ’08), Maria Padian ’83, and S. S. Taylor (Sarah Stewart Taylor) ’93 will read from their work in Middlebury College’s Axinn Center, Room 229.

ElishDan Elish ’83 co-wrote the book for the Broadway musical 13, which initially played at the Mark Taper Forum and won the 2007 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for best production. His new musical Nine Wives (book and lyrics), written with Douglas J. Cohen (music and lyrics), was part of the Goodspeed new works festival in January 2013. In 2010, he was commissioned by Theater Aspen to write The Gifted and Talented, a play about bullying. Dan is also the author of ten novels, including The School for the Insanely Gifted, Nine Wives, and Born Too Short. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children where he also teaches piano.

FarrellLucas Farrell ’03 is the author of two books of poetry: The Many Woods of Grief (University of Massachusetts Press) and Bird Any Damn Kind (Caketrain Press). He and his wife, Louisa Conrad (’04), run Big Picture Farm, a small goat dairy and farmstead confectionery located in southern Vermont.

kolvenbachJohn Kolvenbach ’88 is the author of the plays Goldfish, Mrs. Whitney, Love Song, on an average day, Gizmo Love, Fabuloso, and Marriage Play (or Half ‘n Half ‘n Half), which premiered in 2012 at Merrimack Repertory. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory in spring 2009 and was then produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. The Magic also premiered Mrs. Whitney in fall 2009, under Kolvenbach’s direction. Love Song premiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago in spring 2006 and went on to the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award, best new comedy. Kolvenbach’s plays are published by Methuen and licensed by DPS. Kolvenbach’s first screenplay, Clear Winter Noon was selected for the Black List in 2008. His short film, Gray Dog will be shot in New York in June 2013. Bank Job is his latest play. Actor and theater professor Alex Draper ’88 will read a part in Bank Job.

PadianMaria Padian ’83 received her Masters in English from the University of Virginia, and has worked as a news reporter, press secretary to a U.S. Congressman, freelance writer, and essayist before returning to her first love: fiction. She currently lives with her family in Brunswick, Maine, where she writes young adult novels. Her published work includes Brett McCarthy: Work in Progress (Knopf, 2008), Jersey Tomatoes Are the Best (Knopf, 2011), and Out of Nowhere (Knopf, 2013).

StewartS. S. Taylor (Sarah Stewart Taylor) ’93 is a writer and teacher living with her husband and three children in Vermont. She is the author of a series of mysteries for adults, a graphic novel about Amelia Earhart for younger readers, and, most recently, the first installment in a series of adventure novels for kids aged eight to fourteen, entitled The Expeditioners and the Treasure of Drowned Man’s Canyon. Her website is www.SSTaylorBooks.com.

Matthew Vollmer Selected for Best American Essays

Categories: NER Community

BAE 20132We’re pleased to announce that Matthew Vollmer’s “Keeper of the Flame” from NER 33.1 was selected for Best American Essays 2013. This year’s guest editor is Cheryl Strayed, and the series editor is Robert Atwan. The anthology will be out next fall from Houghton Mifflin.

Vollmer contributed a short piece to our NER Digital series last fall, entitled Epitaph IX, which is included in his book Inscriptions for Headstones.He is the author of Future Missionaries of America, a collection of stories and co-editor, with David Shields, of Fakes: An Anthology of Psuedo-Interviews, Faux Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts.

NER Vermont Reading Series: Summer and Fall Events

Categories: NER VT Reading Series

vermont-antiqueWe are thrilled to announce the next two readings in our Vermont Reading Series. The summer reading, Thursday, August 8, 2013 (7 p.m.), will feature Vermont poets and fiction writers Michael Collier, Cleopatra Mathis, Partridge Boswell, and Angela Palm.

The autumn reading, Thursday, November 21, 2013 (7 p.m.), presents Vermont authors Julia Alvarez, John Elder, Christopher Shaw, and Jessica Nelson reading from their recent nonfiction.

More information about these authors will be posted closer to the reading dates.

Samples from past readings are available at our YouTube channel and on Facebook.

NER congratulates winners of Pulitzer Prize

Categories: NER Community
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NER 2.2 (1979), Sharon Olds, “Eggs”

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Pulitzer Prize in journalism, letters, drama, and music. The winners in poetry and fiction this year both published their early work in the New England Review.

Sharon Olds, winner in poetry for her new collection, Stag’s Leap, first appeared in NER 2.2, in 1979, with the poem “Eggs.”

Adam Johnson, winner in fiction for The Orphan Master’s Son, published the story “The Cassini Satellite” in NER 19.3 (1998).

Announcing the new print issue: NER Vol. 33, #4

Categories: News & Notes

The new issue of New England Review is on its way from the printer, and a sample of the contents is available here on our website, both in WordPress and PDF formats. The full issue can be ordered online right here for only $10, including shipping.

In this issue, A. J. Sherman evokes a childhood summer in 1939, with family friends who would soon be among the earliest casualties of World War II. Michael R. Katz presents the first English translation of a recently discovered “counterstory” written in response to Leo Tolstoy’s Kreutzer Sonata by his wife Sophia Tolstoy. Another first English translation is Nancy O’Connor’s rendering of a startlingly contemporary essay on Flaubert by 19th-century critic Paul Bourget. NER co-founder Sydney Lea considers the effect of his immediate environment on his most intense early reading experiences, and Christopher Shaw follows the trail of William James through the Adirondacks, and along the way explores the relation of wild places to the nature of human consciousness. Emma Lieber takes a close look at how housewives figure in the realist tradition, from Middlemarch to Real Housewives, and Philip F. Gura uncovers an unexpected influence on Emily Dickinson in a long-forgotten American bestseller, Reveries of a Bachelor. On the cover is a painting by Virginia artist Michael Mewborn.

In these pages, you’ll also find new fiction by Kelly Kathleen Ferguson, David Heronry, Reed Johnson, Robert Oldshue, Jan Pendleton, Glen Pourciau, and Chaz Reetz-Laiolo, appearing alongside new poems by Debra Allbery, David Barber, Justin Bigos, Larry Bradley, Traci Brimhall, Mary-Alice Daniel, Ted Genoways, Richie Hofmann, Wayne Johns, Courtney Kampa, William Logan, and Theodore Worozbyt.

We dedicate this issue to longtime contributor Jonathan Levy (1935-2013), playwright, scholar, gentleman, friend: The human voice was music to his ears.

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New England Review in Boston

Categories: NER Community, Readings

AWP logoMarch 6 through March 9

8:30 am. to 6 p.m.
AWP Book Fair
New England Review, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf School of English, New England Young Writers’ Conference, Middlebury College Program in Creative Writing: Tables C5-C7
(for AWP conference registrants; free to the public Saturday, March 9)

Friday, March 8: 9:00–10:15 a.m.
New England Review Celebrates Vermont Writers:
Kellam Ayres, Robert Cohen, Castle Freeman Jr., Sydney Lea, Cleopatra Mathis
Vermont is home to more writers per capita than any other state in the nation, and Vermont authors work in a wide variety of aesthetics and styles—some with no particular ties to place and others decidedly rooted. Founded in 1978, New England Review publishes authors from all over the world, but in this reading, we’re proud to present five outstanding writers who live and work in our home state, and whose writing has recently appeared in our pages.
Hynes Convention Center, Room 303
(for AWP conference registrants only)

Saturday, March 9, 3 p.m.
The Teaching Press: Literary Magazines and Learning. (Travis Kurowski, Jay Baron Nicorvo, Carolyn Kuebler, Ben George, Jodee Stanley) Editors from leading literary magazines New England Review, Ecotone, Ninth Letter, and Third Coast discuss the educational benefits of literary magazines on today’s campuses. Topics will include the teaching press, experiential learning environments, learning-based outcomes, and how campus literary magazines are changing 21st-century publishing.
(for AWP conference registrants only)
Hynes Convention Center, Room 313

NER in Best American 2013

Categories: NER Community

BAMS13We’ve just been informed that that “The Ring of Kerry” by Dennis McFadden, which appeared in NER 33.2, has been selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline. The book will come out this fall.

BAP13And three poems from NER have been chosen for Best American Poetry 2013, guest edited by Denise Duhamel (series editor David Lehman). We can’t tell you which poems, but we can congratulate the authors: Laura Kasischke, Adrienne Su, and Paisley Rekdal. The book will be released in September.

NER now available for iPad and iPhone

Categories: NER Community

LitraggerSubscriptions and single copies of New England Review are now available through the new Litragger app at iTunes, so you can read NER on your iPad, iPhone, and other devices.

Here’s a preview of the new free app, which “gathers the best small press literature has to offer into one convenient space for people who love great fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.”