"Best American" News

Congratulations to all from NER


Congratulations to all who have been recognized in
Best American Essays 2015, including
Kate Lebo for her essay “The Loudproof Room” (NER 35.2)

Notable selections in this year’s list include:
“Village Bakery” by Ben Miller (NER 35.2)
“The Haircut” by Larry I. Palmer (NER 35.1)
“Kindle 451” by Jeff Staiger (NER 34.3-4)

to all those recognized in
Best American Short Stories 2015,
including Laura Lee Smith for her story “Unsafe at Any Speed” (NER 35.1)

Other Distinguished Stories selections include:
“Sloth” by Charles Baxter (NER 34.3-4)
“Studies in Composition” by Leslie Bazzett (NER 34.3-4)
“At the Bedside” by Ricardo Nuila (NER 35.1)
“Clear Conscience” by Christine Sneed (NER 35.3)

Congratulations to all featured in
Best American Mystery Stories 2015, including
Steven Heighton for his story “Shared Room on Union” (NER 35.1)

NER Authors

Updates, Awards, and Selections

We are always excited to celebrate our NER authors. Here are our most recent reasons to applaud them:


Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.44.10 AMJenny Johnson was selected as a 2015 Whiting Award recipient in poetry, given annually to ten superb emerging writers. The selection committee said of Johnson’s work: “There’s a sinuous, shape-shifting quality to this work that makes her poetic explorations of sex and selfhood all the more resonant.” Johnson’s poetry appeared in NER 34.3-4.



Anne Raeff was honored as a 2015 recipient of the Flannery Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 11.23.42 AM
O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her collection The Jungle Around Us. Nancy Zafris praises these stories for their “ultimate simplicity and intimacy even as they weave together numerous global threads.” Two of the stories appearing in the collection were first published in NER 26.2 and 32.3. Her nonfiction work also appeared in NER 33.3 and NER Digital.



Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 11.07.12 AMNER author Ellen Bryant Voigt has been awarded the distinct honor of a 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant. Voigt is one of 24 fellows selected in 2015 to receive $625,000 over five years. Voigt’s poetry has appeared in several NER issues including 35.3, 25.3, and 14.3. Voigt also served as a 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Faculty member.


Announcing NER 36.3

New Issue New AuthorsNew Website


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 Three first-time-ever publications from new names in fiction.
Six new-to-NER authors in nonfiction.
Four new-to-NER poets.
And a brand new NER website 


New England Review 36.3







explores how the tiger hunt inspired an empire and decimated a species

URSUAL HEGI borrows from the present to imagine her way into the past

ROBERT HAHN hears the voice of Nick Carraway in the novels of our time

PAULA SCHWARTZ considers the strength and resilience of Fanny Dutet, Resistance fighter, Holocaust survivor, and friend

MAXIMILIAN VOLOSHIN‘s literary hijinks end in a duel
 (translated by Alex Cigale)

JOHN MILTON EDWARDS remembers the “fiction factory” in the days before the MFA

Announcing NER 36.2

With its focus on China, NER 36.2 brings us up close to an old, new world of art and history, nature and poetry. Also in this issue, we traverse our own country from the Atlantic to the Pacific with authors as they remember collective pasts, brave their own presents, and escort the most foreign of foreigners from our halls of ivy to our backroads theaters. The new issue of NER has just shipped from the printer and a preview is available on our website. Order a print or digital copy today!


Kazim Ali • David Baker • Christopher Bakken • Joshua Bennett • Bruce Bond • Luisa A. Igloria • Vandana Khanna • Rickey Laurentiis • Katrina Roberts • Ed Skoog • Xiao Kaiyu (translated by Christopher Lukpe) • Ya Shi (translated by Nick Admussen) • Yin Lichuan (translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain)


Steve De Jarnatt • Joann Kobin • Carla Panciera • Sharon Solwitz • Michael X. Wang.


Wei An’s ruminations on nature just north of Beijing (translated by Thomas Moran)
Wendy Willis on Ai Weiwei’s blockbuster show at Alcatraz
Marianne Boruch discovers the diagnostic value of poetry
• Interpreter Eric Wilson relives the encounters of a Faeroese poet with American activists, academics, and alcohol
• James Naremore considers the considerable Orson Welles at 100, looking beyond Citizen Kane
• Jeff Staiger makes a case for how The Pale King was to have trumped Infinite Jest
• Camille T. Dungy is more than welcomed to Presque Isle as she finds herself in Maine’s early history
• “The Gloomy Dean” William Ralph Inge revisits Rome under the Caesars

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Best American Series Gives Three Cheers to NER

11164839_697846580326266_7587790925888781084_nWe are thrilled to share the news—Best American has chosen three pieces from New England Review, in a range of genres, for publication in the forthcoming 2015 series.

We congratulate Laura Lee Smith for “Unsafe at Any Speed,” chosen for Best American Short Stories, Steven Heighton for “Shared Room on Union,” slated for Best American Mysteries, and Kate Lebo for “The Loudproof Room,” which will appear in Best American Essays.

New Books for May from NER Authors


The most moving and expansive poet to come out of the American Midwest since 9780393246124_198James Wright.”

New England Review congratulates David Baker on the publication of his new book of poetry, Scavenger Loop (W. W. Norton & Company). Baker is an NER author with poetry forthcoming in NER 36.2.

Baker’s latest work layers the natural history of his beloved Midwest and traces the “complex history of human habitation, from family and village life to the evolving nature of work and the mysterious habitats of the heart.”

David Baker is the author of Never-Ending Birds and several other collections, and has won awards from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Poetry Society of America, Society of Midland Authors, and the Pushcart Foundation. He is editor of the Kenyon Review and teaches at Denison University.

 Purchase this book at W.W. Norton & Company or at independent booksellers.


riverhouseCongratulations to NER contributor Sally Keith on the publication of her newest collection, River House (Milkweed Editions, 2015), which features poems of absence written after the loss of her mother. Keith is the author of The Fact of the Matter and two previous collections of poetry, Design and Dwelling Song. She is a faculty member of the MFA program at George Mason University and lives in Washington, DC. Keith’s poem “Song from the Rain” appeared in NER 24.4, and two  poems, “In the Desert Near . . .” and “What heavenward gesture . . . ” in NER 33.2. In addition, her essay “The Spirit of the Beehive” appeared as an original New England Review Digital piece in our ongoing series, Confluences.

“. . . when you’re finished reading, your dream comes true: you can read the poems again.  I do not know of a book of poems that embodies more heartbreakingly or more intelligently the experience of irreconcilable loss.” —James Longenbach, author of The Iron Key

Purchase River House at Milkweed Editions or at independent booksellers. 


testament_bookstore“Waldrep offers us his most necessary book, one that asks us that question we fear ourselves to ask: how is this real, any of it, all of it, faith, language, light, history, and that cipher that collects them all, the human heart?” —Dan Beachy-Quick

We are pleased to announce the publication of G. C. Waldrep‘s latest work, Testament (BOA Editions, 2015). From the publisher: A book-length poem, Testament addresses matters as diverse as Mormonism, cymatics, race, Dolly the cloned sheep, and his own life and faith. Drafted over twelve trance-like days while in residence at Hawthornden Castle, Waldrep . . . tackles the question of whether gender can be a lyric form. Intimately autobiographical, Waldrep’s fifth book masterly takes its own place in the American tradition of the long poem.

Waldrep’s most recent poems in New England Review include “What David Taught and Where He Taught It” (NER 34.3-4) and “Their Faces Shall Be As Flames” (NER 35.3). The recipient of multiple awards, Waldrep teaches at Bucknell University, is editor for the literary journal West Branch, and editor-at-large for Kenyon Review.

Purchase Testament at BOA Editions, Ltd. or at independent booksellers. 


Russian_Poetry“An enchanting collection of the very best of Russian poetry.” — Penguin Classics

NER congratulates Robert Chandler and Boris Dralyuk on their new anthology The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry (edited with poet Irina Mashinski, Penguin Classics, 2015). From the publisher: This anthology traces Russian poetry from its Golden Age to the modern era, including work by several great poets—Georgy Ivanov and Varlam Shalamov among them—in captivating modern translations.

Chandler and Dralyuk’s translations and writings have appeared in the special section “The Russian Presence” of New England Review‘s double issue 34.3-4. Chandler is a poet and translator of many works of Russian literature and teaches part time at Queen Mary, University of London. Dralyuk is a lecturer in Russian at the University of St. Andrews and translator of many books from Russian.

Purchase The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry from Penguin Classics or an independent bookseller. 

  “A new book of poems—or of anything—by Mark Doty is good news in a dark time. The precision, daring, scope, elegance of his compassion and of the language in which he embodies it are a reassuring pleasure.” —W. S. Merwin


9780224099837-1-edition.default.original-1We are pleased to announce the publication of NER contributor Mark Doty‘s newest collection of poems Deep Lane (Norton 2015). From Publisher’s Weekly: “Having gained renown for his self-consciously beautiful, heart-on-sleeve elegies, Doty remains elegiac and continues to attend to beauty. He also does some of his best work yet as a nature poet.”

Mark Doty’s work appears in NER volumes 13.3-4, 31.2, and 32.1. He has published eight volumes of poetry, and his collection Fire to Fire won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. Doty’s work has also received numerous honors including the National Book Critics Circle Award and fellowships from the Guggenheim and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a professor and writer-in-residence at Rutgers University.

Purchase Deep Lane at W. W. Norton & Company or at independent booksellers.


New England Review congratulates contributor Lauren Acampora on her debut novel, The Wonder Garden (Grove, 2015). Acampora creates a portrait of a Connecticut suburb through a collection of linked stories that wonder garden coverPublisher’s Weekly calls “intelligent, unnerving, and very often strange.”

From the publisher: “A keen and brilliant observer of the strangeness that is American suburbia. Acampora joins the ranks of writers like John Cheever and Tom Perrotta in her incisive portrait of lives intersecting in one Connecticut town . . . Deliciously creepy and masterfully choreographed, The Wonder Garden heralds the arrival of a phenomenal new talent in American fiction.”

Lauren Acampora’s fiction has appeared in NER 27.3 as well as NER Digital, Paris ReviewMissouri ReviewPrairie Schooner, and Antioch Review. 

Purchase The Wonder Garden from Grove Atlantic or at independent booksellers.


“A brace and necessary set of early flares of the literary imagination into the Panopticon we all find ourselves living inside these days.” — Jonathan Lethem

We are excited to announce the publication of Watchlist (OR Books 2015), a collection of short stories about surveillance society edited by NER contributor Bryan Hurt.

Hurt’s work appears in NER 33.2 as well as in American Reader, Kenyon Review, and Tin House, and many others. He has published a novel, Everyone Wants to Be Ambassador to France, and is the winner of the Starcherone Prize for Innovative Fiction.

Purchase Watchlist at OR Books or at independent booksellers.

NER Congratulates 2015 Guggenheim Fellows

We are pleased to announce that NER contributors Cate Marvin and Maud Casey are among the 175 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship recipients chosen from an applicant pool of almost 3,000 individuals.

Cate Marvin has received numerous honors for her poetry, including the Whiting Award and a Kathryn A. Morton Prize. She has published three books of poetry and currently teaches creative writing at Columbia University’s MFA Program, the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University. She has contributed to six issues of NER (19.2, 20.2, 21.1, 22.2, 34.3-4, 36.1).

Maud Casey is the author of three novels, including most recently The Man Who Walked Away, and a collection of stories, Drastic. Her essays and criticism have appeared in A Public SpaceLiterary Imagination, the New York Times Book ReviewOxford American, and Salon. She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and has received numerous international residency fellowships for her work in fiction. She is a Professor of English at Maryland University. Her essay on the photography and mystery of Vivian Maier appears in NER Digital.

Congratulations to Maud, Cate, and all of the 2015 Guggenheim recipients!




Announcing NER 36.1

The New Issue of NER Has Arrived

Welcome to the first issue of New England Review’s volume 36, the first volume of NER available in print and digital formats for all devices.


Sixteen poems by contemporary writers both new and renowned:

Anders Carlson-Wee • Jennifer Chang • Steven Cramer • Jehanne Dubrow • Daisy Fried • Nick Lantz • William Logan • Erin Lynch • Cate Marvin • Emilia Phillips • John Poch • Kevin Prufer • Ocean Vuong • C. K. Williams


Fiction writers—all new to the pages of NERMario J. Gonzales, Brendan McKennedy, Carolyn Page, J. T. Price, Lore Segal, and Lisa Taddeo bring us stories from the poorest to the most privileged corners of life in the city, and share tales of the power of music and the power of words, of memories planted along a dusty road, and of a world too watery for anything but the ark of Noah himself.


  • Rob Hardy on the shape-changing, gender-switching imagination of Naomi Mitchison.
  • Luis S. Krausz’s novel of Austro-Hungarian obsession in Brazil, translated from the Portuguese by Ana Fletcher.
  • Rachel Hadas negotiates the space between the living and the dead.
  • Lorraine Hanlon Comanor figure skates to independence.
  • Roger Strittmater, Mark K. Anderson, and Elliott Stone document nineteenth-century American writers’ tussles with Shakespeare.
  • John Kinsella translates a little-known French poet of the sublime.
  • Jill Sisson Quinn unravels the child wish.
  • We revisit Henry Reed Stiles who divulges what we talk about when we talk about bundling.

See the full table of contents, read select pieces, and order a copy today. Or better yet, subscribe!

New Books for March from NER Authors

Dubrow. . . a story so compelling that we put down our tasks and turn to her voice. ––Hilda Raz, author of All Odd and Splendid

We congratulate NER author Jehanne Dubrow on the publication of her fifth book of poems, The Arranged Marriage (University of New Mexico).

Dubrow’s previous poetry collections include Stateside and Red Army RedFrom the Fever-World (2009) which won the Washington Writers’ Poetry Competition, and her first collection The Hardship Post (2009) winner of the Three Candles Press Open Book Award. She is the director of the Rose O’Neill Literary House and is an associate professor of English at Washington College. Dubrow’s poetry most recently appeared in NER 30.2 and her essay on Philip Larkin appeared in 35.1.


19781469619989NER congratulates Philip F. Gura on the publication of his latest book The Life of William Apess, Pequot (The University of North Carolina Press, 2015). The biography follows young America’s prejudice against Native Americans through the lens of William Apess, a Native American writer and activist of the 19th century. An excerpt of the book appears in NER 35.4.

Publishers Weekly: “In his engaging, insightful, and thoroughly detailed biography, Gura draws us into the fascinating life of a man who strove to claim a place for himself and his people in this new nation.”

Gura serves as William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he teaches English & Comparative Literature, Religious Studies, and American Studies. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including Truth’s Ragged Edge (2014), Jonathan Edwards: The Evangelical Writings (2005), and American Transcendentalism: A History (2007). He also serves as an editor for the Norton Anthology of American Literature.

“NER Out Loud” Brings the Page to the Stage

ner_35-2_front_cover-sqIn the tradition of Public Radio International’s “Selected Shorts,” Middlebury College students will read selections from the New England Review in a live performance entitled “NER Out Loud” at the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall on February 24, 7:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a “S’more Readings” reception with the readers and NER staff, along with representatives of several student literary magazines. Both events are free and open to the public. ASL interpreting provided.

Readers will include Kevin Benscheidt ’17, Brenna Christensen ’17, Caitlyn Duffy ’15.5, Cole Ellison ’17, Jabari Matthew ’17, Melissa MacDonald ’15, and Sally Seitz ’17, with Debanjan Roychoudhury ’16 as MC. Editors and contributors to the student literary magazines Sweatervest, Blackbird, and Room 404 will also be on hand at the post-show reception to discuss their publications and give sample readings from their pages. Attendees will be invited to enjoy s’mores while listening to the readings in the lobby.

NER Out Loud is the result of a new partnership between the Mahaney Center for the Arts, the Oratory Society, and the New England Review. NER Out Loud will take place on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at 7:30 P.M. in the Concert Hall of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts. The reception will take place in the downstairs lobby immediately following the performance. Admission is free and the public is welcome. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. For more information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to http://go.middlebury.edu/arts.