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New Staff and Promotions at NER

Categories: News & Notes

NER_cover_blackNew England Review is pleased to announce some recent staff changes and promotions, in light of the approaching editorial transition in January 2014. Marcia Parlow has recently joined us as managing editor; she will oversee production, distribution, digital strategies, and more, working in the NER offices. In addition, Jennifer Bates, Janice Obuchowski, and J. M. Tyree will be promoted to associate editors. Each of them brings years of experience in evaluating manuscripts for NER, and as associate editors they will assume a greater role in the selection of prose for the magazine. As previously announced, Stephen Donadio will return to full-time teaching after 20 years as editor of NER, and current managing editor Carolyn Kuebler will be promoted to editor. C. Dale Young will continue as poetry editor, entering his 20th year with the magazine.

Marcia Parlow began her editorial career at William Morrow and Houghton Mifflin, and has gathered production and design experience from her years in desktop publishing. Marcy is a graduate of Middlebury College and has studied literature at the Bread Loaf School of English. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and most recently she has been hard at work writing creative nonfiction at Boston’s Grub Street. She is a former reviewer for Publishers Weekly and has been a reader for NER.

Jennifer Bates and Janice Obuchowski will serve as associate editors in fiction. Jennifer Bates received her B.A. from Princeton and her M.F.A. from Emerson College. Her poetry collection, The First Night Out of Eden, appeared in the University of Central Florida Contemporary Poetry Series. In addition to working at the Vermont Book Shop, she has taught writing at the Community College of Vermont and Middlebury College and serves as a writing tutor at the Middlebury College Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research. She has worked for NER since 2004 as a reader and more recently on the editorial panel.

Janice Obuchowski has her B.A. in English from Cornell University and her M.A. in English from the University of Virginia. She also received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where she was the recipient of the Elaine and Martin Weinberg Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction. Her fiction has appeared in the Seattle Review and Slice Magazine. In addition to serving on the admissions board of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she’s currently a lecturer at the University of Vermont and has been a member of the NER editorial panel and a reader since 2011.

J. M. Tyree will serve as an associate editor in nonfiction. He is the author of the book BFI Film Classics: Salesman and the co-author (with Ben Walters) of the book BFI Film Classics: The Big Lebowski (from British Film Institute publishing). He has taught at Stanford University, has spoken at London’s National Film Theatre, and contributed a critic’s ballot to Sight & Sound magazines 2012 Greatest Films Poll. His writing has appeared in Film Quarterly, the Believer, Lapham’s Quarterly, and other publications, including Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: Best of McSweeney’s Humor Category (Knopf/Vintage). He has worked for NER off and on since he was a student intern in 1995, most recently on the editorial panel as web editor, where he oversees the NER Digital series.

NER Vermont Reading Series: August 8, 2013

Categories: NER VT Reading Series

Please join us on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7 p.m., at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe for the summer reading in our quarterly series, with Patridge Boswell, Michael Collier, Cleopatra Mathis, and Angela Palm.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsPartridge Boswell is the author of the 2013 poetry collection Some Far Country. His poems have been featured recently in such publications as The American Poetry Review, Slice and The Literary Review. A longtime arts advocate, he has served as director of several regional performing arts organizations. Co-founder of Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words and managing editor of Harbor Mountain Press, Boswell lives with his family in Woodstock, VT.

michael-collier-448Michael Collier, director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, has published six books of poems, including The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, most recently, An Individual History. With Charles Baxter and Edward Hirsch, he edited A William Maxwell Portrait. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and Thomas Watson Foundation fellowships, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, he teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland and lives in Maryland and Cornwall, VT.

cleopatra.mathisCleopatra Mathis’s seventh collection of poems is Book of Dog. Her work has appeared widely in anthologies, textbooks, and magazines including the New Yorker, Poetry, and New England Review. Prizes for her work include two NEA fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost Award, a Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the May Sarton Award, and fellowships from the New Hampshire and New Jersey State Arts Councils. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and lives in Post Mills, VT.

angela.palmAngela Palm is an editor and writer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Midwestern GothicARDOR Literary Magazine, Little Fiction, Sundog LitPrick of the Spindle, and elsewhere. She is an associate nonfiction editor at The Fiddleback, a literary journal, and co-founder of the Renegade Writers’ Collective, a new writing center in Burlington. Angela is currently working on her first novel and editing a collection of work by Vermont writers, titled Please Do Not Remove. She lives and works in Burlington, VT.

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