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Poetry, Translation and a “Stunning Debut”

mad farmer coverNER author Wendell Berry has reissued his collection of poetry, The Mad Farmer Poems, with Counterpoint Press.

“. . . Mindful of time and earth, of joy and love, Berry calls us to the hard work of a hope and peace and gratitude so incarnate that they rest ‘on the ground underfoot.’”—Christian Century

Wendell Berry is an essayist, novelist, and poet, and has been awarded the T. S. Eliot Award, the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, and the John Hay Award of the Orion Society. His poetry is featured in early issues of NER, and his essay “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer” was published in NER 10.1.


roget's illusion cover“surprising delicacy and . . . language rich with insight”

Acclaimed poet Linda Bierds has published Roget’s Illusion, with Marian Wood Books/Putnam.

“Bierds’s poems, with their constantly surprising delicacy and their language rich with insight and a sensuous music, radiate real power and authority and animal presence.”—W.S. Merwin (Poet Laureate, 2010-12)

Linda Bierds is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the PEN West Poetry Prize, and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker,  Atlantic,  Kenyon Review and many others. Five of her poems were published in NER 24.4 and 31.1.


Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 10.13.13 AM“disquieting, beautiful, upsetting, and exacting”

NER author Rebecca Cook has published a new book of poems, I Will Not Give Over, with Aldrich Press.

“The greatest quality of the prose poems in I Will Not Give Over is the one quality a writer can’t beg, borrow, or steal: they are genuine. They are disquieting, beautiful, upsetting, and exacting. Here, ‘Love shows up first dressed in fear.’ These are poems playing for keeps.”—Sue William Silverman, author of Hieroglyphics in Neon

Rebecca Cook is a 2009 Bread Loaf Scholar and her essay “Flame” was a notable essay in the 2013 Best American Essays. She is the author of The Terrible Baby, and her poems have been featured in numerous journals, including Antioch Review and Massachusetts Review. Her story “You Girls Have the Loveliest Legs” was published in NER 29.2.


9781936747559“A stunning debut”

Joanne Dominique Dwyer‘s first collection of poetry, Belle Laide, has been published by Sarabande Books.

From Dana Levin, author of Sky Burial: “Harems, mechanical bulls, Christina the Astonishing: Dwyer’s first book, Belle Laide, is a tour de force of verse; you never know where the next turn will take you. A vivid amalgamation of dream, association, and researched material, the poems sacrifice no depth of feeling in their wild meditations on the phenomenal world; or what it means to be a person—and a woman—in our contemporary moment. A stunning debut.”

Dwyer is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a Bread Loaf Scholar award. Her poetry has been featured in NER several times, most recently in NER 34.1.


beans“Richly textured and wonderfully evocative … Undeniably original”

NER translator Bill Johnston has published a new book by Wiesław Myśliwski, translated from the Polish, with Archipelago Books. Johnston’s translation of Witold Gombrawicz’s story “The Rat” appeared in NER 25.1-2.

“Like a more agrarian Beckett, a less gothic Faulkner, a slightly warmer Laxness . . . Richly textured and wonderfully evocative . . . Undeniably original.” Publishers Weekly

“Sweeping . . . irreverent . . With winning candor . . . Pietruszka chronicles the modernization of rural Poland and celebrates the persistence of desire.” —The New Yorker

Bill Johnston’s previous translation of Wiesław Myśliwski’s book, Stone Upon Stone, won the PEN Translation Prize, 2012, the Best Translated Book Award 2012: Fiction, and the AATSEEL Translatino Award, 2012. He has translated numerous books and stories from the Polish.

Books can be ordered from Powell’s Books or your independent bookseller.  



New Books from NER Authors: Rachel Cantor

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“Rife with deadpan humor and memorable characters”

Rachel Cantor’s new novel, A Highly Unlikely Scenario, has been published by Melville House.

A Highly Unlikely Scenario cover photoFrom the New York Times: “By layering the ridiculous inventions of her mind with the ridiculous facts of the world, Cantor creates a novel about being incredulous and certain at the same time, about listening without judgment, about acting on faith . . . A dystopian satire; a story about ­storytelling, believing and listening—A Highly Unlikely Scenario is ultimately a history of our own strange world.”

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Rife with deadpan humor and memorable characters mixed with time travel and supernatural powers, Cantor suspends disbelief and creates a loony world entirely of her own, which is terrifically funny and effortlessly enjoyable.”

Rachel Cantor’s stories have appeared in Paris ReviewKenyon ReviewFence, and other publications. Her fiction has been featured in several issues of NER (20.4, 23.3, 24.4, and 29.4).

A Highly Unlikely Scenario is available from Melville House and other independent booksellers.

NER Classics | Pimone Triplett

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Pimone Triplett’s poem, “Bird of Paradise Aubade
With Bangkok Etching Over the Bed,” appeared in NER 22.2.

“. . . your body’s parse of sweat and salt . . .”

               Woke to hear you refuse
to stop working in heavy rain, shoveling the mud
that beggars our part
                             of the yard. After a while, I heard the rasp of iron’s
rake on gravel, wet earth, your bending for the gaps
to get the seedlings right. Then for hours from the window

               I watched all your muscles connecting up, your body’s parse
of sweat and salt, hollows
between the ribs appearing, then not, around your
                              breath’s steady reed and thrum. Watched,
you see, until I knew, for once, I wouldn’t try to leave.
Though I did want to walk out and say something else 

              about moving through the myth
of ask and answer once. 

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New Titles from NER Authors: Robert Pack

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to-love-that-well-new-selected-1954-2013Robert Pack, a former DIrector of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (1973–95), Middlebury College Professor (1964–96), and Consulting Editor for NER (1982–83), celebrates six decades of his work with the publication of New & Selected Poems • 1954–2013. “One finds a poignancy and a sorrow, laced always with a profound sense of humor, on page after
page . . .”—Paul Mariani

Pack continues to explore his major themes of family and friendship, the natural world, and art and music. “Pack, as always, exhibits a technical mastery that has all but disappeared from recent poetry. His meters are relaxed, creating an unusual suppleness and ease in his anecdotal narratives. This is an exceptionally readable book. The story poems are deeply moving, filled with great tenderness, charm, and wit.”—Mark Strand

Robert Pack held the Chair of Distinguished Faculty Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Middlebury College where he taught for over thirty years, served as the Director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference from l973 to 1994, and also taught at Middlebury’s graduate school of English, The Bread Loaf School, for over three decades. He the the author of numerous books of poetry, most recently Laughter Before Sleep (University of Chicago Press, 2011), Still Here, Still Now (University of Chicago Press, 2009), and a book of essays, Willing to Choose (Lost Horse Press, 2007).

To Love That Well (Lost Horse Press, 2013) can be ordered through or your independent bookseller.

NER Congratulates NEA Fellowship Winners

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NEA-logo-color-e1320093807889Congratulations to the 38 writers who were awarded Creative Writing Fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts this year, each receiving an award of $25,000.

Two of these writers recently published stories in NER: Rebecca Makkai’s story “The Briefcase” was featured in 29.2, and Melinda Moustakis published “What You Can Endure” in 32.1. The Fellowships will give these writers an opportunity to “set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.” Congratulations!

NER Vermont Winter Reading: Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 pm

Categories: NER Community, NER VT Reading Series

New England Review is pleased to present Ryan Kim, April Ossmann, Jay Parini, and Ryan Walsh, who will read from recent work as part of the NER Vermont Reading Series, this Thursday (Jan. 16, 7 p.m.) at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe, 24 Merchants Row, in Middlebury.

RyamKim3Ryan Kim (Middlebury) is a native of Newport Beach, California, a graduate of the Putney School, and a senior economics major at Middlebury. He wrote for Middlebury Magazine and gave a TEDx talk about the Amtrak trip he took around America. His industrial design photography is currently on exhibit at the Burlington Airport. After graduation, Ryan will head west to seek employment on a dude ranch before moving to Mexico to write and teach English.

OssmannApril Ossmann (West Windsor) is the author of Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and the recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council creation grant. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as the Colorado Review and the Harvard Review, and in anthologies. The executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 to 2008, she is Editor-in-Residence for the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and an editing and publishing consultant (

PariniJay Parini (Weybridge) is a novelist, poet, biographer, and critic. His seven novels include The Last Station, Benjamin’s Crossing, and The Passages of H. M. His poetry includes The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner. His nonfiction includes such books as The Art of Teaching, Why Poetry Matters, and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. His latest book is Jesus: The Human Face of God. He is Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College.

WalshRyan Walsh (Johnson) is the author of The Sinks, winner of the 2010 Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest (Midwest Writing Center Press). His poems have appeared in Ecotone; FIELD; Forklift, Ohio; Green Mountains Review; Narrative; and elsewhere. He received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist in 2011. He is Writing Program Director at the Vermont Studio Center.

Samples from past readings are available at our YouTube channel and on Facebook. To sign up for the NER Vermont email list send your address to

New Books from NER Authors: Motherland by Maria Hummel

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41-5fNSwrDL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Congratulations to NER author Maria Hummel, whose novel Motherland will be published in January by Counterpoint Press. Inspired by her grandfather’s wartime letters, Motherland depicts one family’s struggle through the waning months of World War II.

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, writes, “Fear, grief and the will to survive fuse in this beautiful novel… Motherland occupies a relatively unexplored space in World War II literature, in which political sympathies and oppositions are vastly less important than finding enough tinder to keep the children warm… this book is a reminder of the reach of love, how it can blind, and how it can heal.”

Maria Hummel’s poetry and fiction have appeared numerous times in NER. You can find her most recent poem, “The First Turn Might Be the Right One Home,” in 34.1.

Motherland is available through Powell’s Books and other booksellers.

Make your year-end contribution to NER

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NER_cover_blackAs the year winds to a close, we hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible contribution to New England Review.

Your gift will directly support the creation of new literature, sustaining the writers, editors, and artists who make this journal “among the nation’s best,” according to the Boston Globe.

Recent NER contributors include U.S. and State Poet Laureates, Guggenheim and NEA Literature Fellows, and writers working towards their very first books. Work from New England Review appears every year in the Pushcart Prize anthologies, the Best American series, and the O Henry Prize anthology. Our print issues draw together established and new voices, and, between issues, the magazine’s web site presents new features and an original creative writing series.

We hope you will consider making a gift—of any size—that will help to support NER. We look forward to giving our readers another year of exceptional writing by authors whose work really matters.

You can give online, by phone at 888.367.6433, or by mail to 5 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. All gifts are tax deductible.

Thank you, and happy holidays!

NER + NEA = Support for Writers in 2014

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nea-lockup-ANew England Review, a publication of Middlebury College, has received a $10,000
Art Works grant from National Endowment for the Arts to support the publication and promotion of the quarterly literary journal in print and digital formats.

Carolyn Kuebler, who will assume the role of Editor of New England Review during the 2014 funding period, said, “We are thrilled to receive the support of the NEA, which will allow us to increase payments to authors for the first time in twenty years, and will support our ongoing efforts to make great new writing available to a wider audience.”

During the grant period (January through December 2014), New England Review will publish four issues of the journal in print and digital editions; contribute new audio, video, and original writing to its website; and continue building an audience of readers. Funds requested from the NEA will be used to support publishing expenses, including increased writers’ fees, as well as digital outreach and marketing.

New England Review Receives National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant

New Books from Vermont Authors: If Only You People Could Follow Directions

Categories: NER Authors' Books, NER Community, NER VT Reading Series

hendry bookVermont writer Jessica Hendry Nelson’s debut book, a memoir of linked essays from Counterpoint Press, will be published in January 2014. Nelson is the cofounder of the Renegade Writers’ Collective in Burlington, Vermont, and is the senior nonfiction editor of Fiddleback. Her work has appeared in Threepenny ReviewPANKCarolina QuarterlyBest American Essays 2012, and elsewhere.

From Josh Cook of Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA: “Memory doesn’t move in a straight line. It is chaotic, digressive, and imperfect. While most memoirs force life into the restrictions of straight lines, Nelson embraces the chaos by moving back and forth in time, free associating among memories, and organizing her life into a series of essays. What could be just another memoir of a family disintegrated by substance abuse becomes a vibrant and challenging exploration of abuse, obsession, coping, family, friendship, and self-discovery.”

Nelson will appear as a featured author at the upcoming Vermont Reading Series event on November 21st.

If Only You People Could Follow Directions will be available from Powell’s Books and from  local independent booksellers.