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New Staff and Promotions at NER

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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.

Announcing the new NER: Vol. 34, #1

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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!

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

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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.


Carolyn Kuebler to Become Editor of NER

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carolyn-kuebler-and-stephen-donadioFrom the Middlebury College News Room:

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury College has announced the appointment of Carolyn Kuebler as editor of the New England Review, a quarterly literary journal published by the college. She will assume her new responsibilities in January 2014, when Stephen Donadio steps down from his role as editor, a position he has held since 1994. Until the end of the year Kuebler will continue to serve in her current position as managing editor while preparing for the transition.

Since her arrival as managing editor in 2004, Kuebler has worked closely with Donadio to select fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translations for publication in the New England Review. She coordinates the production, marketing, fundraising and design of the literary quarterly, including its website. Kuebler initiated the NER Vermont Reading Series and NER’s internship program for Middlebury students, and also currently advises independent undergraduate projects in writing and publication.

“Carolyn was the obvious choice to take the reins at NER,” said Tim Spears, Middlebury College vice president for academic affairs. “In her work as managing editor, she has been open to new literary voices and enhanced the publication’s ability to provoke thoughtful discussion. She is ideally suited to maintain NER’s reputation as one of the nation’s most distinguished literary journals.”

Kuebler earned a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury in 1990, majoring in English with a concentration in Italian, and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Bard College in 2001. She was the founding editor and publisher of Rain Taxi, a quarterly book review publication based in Minneapolis, and subsequently served as associate editor at Library Journal in New York. She has published book reviews, critical essays, and short fiction in numerous journals and newspapers, and has recently completed a novel.


“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead NER into its next phase, responding to changes in reading habits and technology, but also continuing to offer readers a magazine that demands and rewards their full attention,” said Kuebler. “I look forward to further strengthening the journal’s connections to the college, the students and our broader community as well.”

Spears praised Donadio’s leadership over the last two decades. “Stephen’s careful editing has helped to bring out the best in NER’s writers,” said Spears. “His unique eye for contemporary literature has helped make NER one of the top literary magazines in the country.”

While at NER, Donadio has published the work of some of the best new poets and fiction writers, in addition to memorable translations, plays and nonfiction of all kinds, including letters from abroad, historical explorations, and cultural criticism. In just the past decade, 21 poems published in NER appeared in the Best American Poetry series, and 28 stories were selected or listed as notables in Best American Short Stories. The current poet laureate of the United States, Natasha Trethewey, published some of her early work in NER, and continues to publish with NER today. Donadio credits much of the magazine’s reputation for first-rate poetry to the efforts of C. Dale Young, NER’s longtime poetry editor.


Donadio said, “More than anything else I’ve wanted to do my best to insure that every issue of the New England Review could be picked up 20 or 30 years from now and still seem fresh and compelling, in keeping with Ezra Pound’s demanding dictum that ‘literature is news that stays news.’

“Carolyn Kuebler has shared this vision,” added Donadio. “She is also a highly respected professional in the literary world. There could be no one better qualified to lead NER into the next phase of its distinguished history.”

After taking academic leave in 2013, Donadio will resume teaching and advising students in his capacity as Fulton Professor of Humanities at Middlebury, also serving as director of the college’s Program in Literary Studies. He will maintain an association with the New England Review as editor at large.

Poets & Writers Magazine Recognizes NER

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janfeb_2013_coverThe Literary MagNet column in the January/February issue of Poets & Writers Magazine praises New England Review for its design and quality along with Cave Wall, 6×6, Big Fiction, and The Paris Review. Travis Kurowski writes: “For over thirty years, the New England Review, housed at Middlebury College in Vermont, has been producing elegant, intricately designed print magazine.” Poets & Writers also recently included NER in its online feature by Jamie FitzGerald on “Twenty-Five Literary Magazine Twitter Feeds to Follow.”

Read Kurowski’s article. | Read FitzGerald’s post.

Announcing the new print issue: NER Vol. 33, #3

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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 these pages, you’ll find new fiction by Norah Charles, David Guterson, Ihab Hassan, Stephen O’Connor, Leath Tonino, and Adrienne Sharp, appearing alongside new poems by Howard Altmann, Geri Doran, Robin Ekiss, Brendan Grady, Jennifer Grotz, Margaree Little, John Poch, Mark Rudman, and Jake Adam York.

In nonfiction, Sara Maitland uncovers the roots of our fairy tales in the forests of Europe; Anne Raeff reflects on the languages in which she writes her life; Craig Reinbold reports on his days in a classroom in a west side Chicago public school; and Myles Weber probes the life and reputation of Raymond Carver. Plus Isabel Fargo Cole‘s translation of fiction by midcentury German author Franz Fühmann and a brief philosophical investigation by George Santayana. This issue’s cover features artwork by the painter Caryn Friedlander. ORDER A COPY

How a Poem Ends

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Grace, Fallen from

“The End Inside It,” Marianne Boruch’s essay from the current issue, has been selected as a Prose Feature by Poetry Daily:

Or closure, as it’s called among poets, but not a “we need closure on this” sort of thing, certainly not that cheap and cheesy “because we have to get on with our lives,” though at the end of all poems is the return to the day as it was, its noon light or later, supper and whatever madness long over, reading in bed those few minutes, next to the little table lamp. But to come out of the poem’s tunnel of words—the best way is to be blinking slightly, released from some dark, eyes adjusting, what was ordinary seen differently now. Or not. At times the shift from reading to not reading is so graceful it’s transparent, the poem itself Robert Frost’s “piece of glass” skimmed from winter’s icy drinking trough and held up to melt and melt the real world into real dream, then back, his moment of clarity unto mystery returned to clarity again. Of course, that actual gesture comes early in his “After Apple Picking,” a poem full of what might “trouble” his dreams in the wake of such hard work. Its last line is one low-key gulp, his “Or just some human sleep” itself following something about exhaustion more wistful and weird: “Were he not gone,/The woodchuck could say whether it was like his/Long sleep, as I describe its coming on…” As in—hey! Let’s ask this woodchuck here, shall we?

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Announcing the New NER: Vol. 33, #2

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The new issue of New England Review has just arrived from the printer, and a sample is available at 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 these pages, you’ll find new fiction by Matthew Baker, Breyten Breytenbach, Karl Harshbarger, Hannah Holtzman, Bryan Hurt, Dennis McFadden, and Maura Stanton, appearing alongside new poems by Rebecca Black, Joanne Dominique Dwyer, Jonathan Fink, John Gallaher, Sally Keith, Aditi Machado, Jamaal May, Tomás Q. Morín, Darren Morris, Alison Pelegrin, Patrick Phillips, Paisley Rekdal, and Steven D. Schroeder.

In nonfiction, Marianne Boruch takes a close look at the way poems end; Ellen Hinsey reports on recent challenges to free expression and democracy in the new Hungary; and Elizabeth O’Brien recounts her personal history of zines. Plus two memorable scenes from Greg Pierce‘s play Slowgirl and translations of poems by Dominican author Frank Baez (by Hoyt Rogers) and a poem by Charles Baudelaire (by John Kinsella). This issue’s cover features artwork by Tammy Lynne Stoner. ORDER A COPY

Thrall: New Poetry by Natasha Trethewey

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Thrall by Natasha Trethewey

NER congratulates U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey on the publication of a new poetry collection, Thrall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Included in the book is the poem “Elegy,” which originally appeared in this magazine’s pages in 2010. “Elegy” has been frequently republished (including in The New York TImes and The Guardian), and was the subject of a recent essay on its origins and composition at The Atlantic. More excerpts from Thrall, including “Elegy,” “Mano Prieta,” and “Mythology,” may be found online at the book’s ordering pages at Barnes & Noble and Powell’s. As the magazine noted in June, Trethewey began contributing to NER in 1999, and has published poems in issues 20.2, 22.4 (“The Southern Crescent”), 23.4 (“Translation,” “After Your Death”), 25.4 (“Genus Narcissus,” “Myth”), 27.2 (“from Taxonomy”), 30.4 (“Elegy,” “Knowledge”), and 32.3 (“Dr. Samuel Adolphus Cartwright on Dissecting the White Negro, 1851″).

Read Trethewey’s NER poems “Elegy” and “Genus Narcissus.”


Potomac Theatre Project Tribute Event for NER

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Potomac Theatre Project will host a tribute event for New England Review in New York City on July 16, 2012, 7:30 p.m., at the Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenues). This evening features readings from five outstanding NER and Middlebury alumni authors—David Gilbert ’90, Cate Marvin, Emily Mitchell ’97, Greg Pierce, and Patrick Phillips—with a reception to follow.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Tickets are currently sold out but seats may be available on a first-come first-served basis the night of the event. Because seating was limited, we issued tickets for this event via Ticket Central.

David Gilbert has had his short stories published in the New Yorker, Harper’s, GQ, Bomb, and other magazines. His short story collection, Remote Feed, was published by Scribner in 1998, and his novel, The Normals, was published by Bloomsbury in 2004. His new novel, & Sons, will be published by Random House in May 2013. His screenplay for Joshua was made into a film starring Sam Rockwell and Vera Farmiga, which Fox Searchlight released in 2007. Various other movie projects are in existential stages of being and non-being. David lives in New York City with his wife and three children.

Cate Marvin is the author of two poetry collections, World’s Tallest Disaster (2001) and Fragment of the Head of a Queen (2007), both published by Sarabande. Her third book of poems is forthcoming from Norton in 2013. Her poems have recently appeared in New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Tin House. She teaches creative writing at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Lesley University.

Emily Mitchell‘s first novel, The Last Summer of the World (Norton) was a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. Her stories have appeared in New England Review, Ploughshares, and TriQuarterly, and is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review. Her reviews have been published in the New York Times and the New Statesman. She received her BA from Middlebury College and her MFA from Brooklyn College. She recently joined the creative writing faculty at The University of Maryland.

Greg Pierce‘s plays include Slowgirl (Lincoln Center Theater), The Landing, written with composer John Kander (Vineyard Theatre), and The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, written with director Stephen Earnhart, based on the novel by Haruki Murakami (Ohio Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, Singapore Arts Festival).  His stories have appeared in Avery, Berkeley Fiction Review, Confrontation, New England Review, and Web Conjunctions. He has received fellowships from the Edward F. Albee Foundation, The Djerassi Institute, the New York Public Library, and the Baryshnikov Arts Center.

Patrick Phillips is a long-time contributor to New England Review and a recent Guggenheim and NEA Fellow. He is author of the poetry collections Chattahoochee, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize, and Boy, and translator of When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems of Henrik Nordbrandt. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Drew University.