Contributors to NER’s “Focus on Germany” issue gather in Berlin for a drink and conversation, and to pick up a few extra copies of the new issue. Photos by Joseph Pearson and Ellen Hinsey (not pictured). At Hackbarth’s in Mitte, October 26, 2016.
This past week we lost two beloved poets, Brigit Pegeen Kelly (b. 1951) and Lucia Perillo (b. 1958). Over the decades both these writers have come to mean a lot to us at NER. Brigit Kelly’s poetry appeared in our pages frequently, as early as 1986 and as recently as 2014. Lucia Perillo’s most recent contribution was the title poem from her new collection, Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones, just last year. We also published her fiction and poetry beginning in 1997.
We’d like to acknowledge their enormous influence and inspiration with these poems.
“The Dragon” (35.3) by Brigit Pegeen Kelly, was first published in NER in 2002 and then reprinted in C. Dale Young’s last issue as poetry editor.
“Time Will Clean the Carcass Bones,” by Lucia Perillo, from NER 36.3.
The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Fall Conference runs November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh, NC. More information: www.ncwriters.org.
Here is is reading his poem “Junk Drawer” at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was the 2015 Louis Untermeyer Scholar in Poetry. His work has also been featured in NER’s Vol. 34.2.
Ross White is the author of How We Came Upon the Colony and The Polite Society, both from Unicorn Press. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2012, New England Review, Poetry Daily, and Southern Review, among others. He is the executive director of Bull City Press and teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
All Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference readings are available for online. Want to hear more? Visit the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Website.
The book is out! In this season of Best Americans, we’re happy to say that two poems published in our pages during 2015 appear in Best American Poetry 2016, guest edited by Edward Hirsch with series editor David Lehman.
We’re also pleased to note that our poetry editor Rick Barot also has a poem in that anthology: “Whitman, 1841,” originally published in Waxwing.
As Edward Hirsch says in his introduction, “In our era, poetry has been radically wrenched and questioned, reframed, reformed, hybridized, ecologized, politicized, erased—its difficulties are notorious—and yet it continues to speak from the margins, to move and tell stories, to disturb and console us. It engages our interior lives, social experiences, planetary woes.”
Congratulations to Jill Sisson Quinn, whose essay “Big Night” (NER 36.1) was selected by Jonathan Franzen and Robert Atwan for Best American Essays 2016!
We’re also thrilled to see “Permutations of X” (35.4) by Kelly Grey Carlisle and “I’m Searching for a Home for Unwed Girls” (36.3) by Ursula Hegi listed among the “Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2015.”
As Franzen says in his introduction, “Writing or reading an essay isn’t the only way to stop and ask yourself who you really are and what your life might mean, but it is one good way.” Read on.
NER 37.3 is here with its array of German translations and original works of poetry, essays, stories, and plays. Whether you marvel at what is not lost in translation or lose yourself in the language of a poem, this issue brings the world home with a focus on Germany then and now, and a delicious slice of American baseball (just in time for the post-season).
FOCUS on GERMANY
♦ Twelve German poets in translation, from Andreas Altmann to Uljana Wolf
♦ Playwright Marius von Mayenburg releases the hive mind, in one act
♦ Marie Luise Knott takes a close look at the empty spaces in Hannah Arendt’s notebooks
♦ Durs Grünbein recalls a childhood at play among the Russian soldiers in Dresden
♦ Impressions of three German cities once in ruins, by Joseph Pearson
Walter Bagehot • Peter Chilson • Lia Purpura
Ron Carlson • Tamas Dobozy • Leah McCormack • Chelika Yapa
Linda Bierds • James Allen Hall • Henry Kearney, IV • Jane Mead • David Mura
Ricardo Pau-Llosa • Stanley Plumly • Julie Marie Wade
POETRY IN TRANSLATION
Andreas Altmann trans. Birgit Bunzel Linder • Daniela Danz trans. Harry Roddy
Durs Grünbein trans. Karen Leeder • Esther Kinsky trans. Iain Galbraith
Sarah Kirsch trans. Anne Stokes • Günter Kunert trans. Gerald Chapple
Christine Lavant trans. David Chorlton • Ulrike Almut Sandig trans. Karen Leeder
Lutz Seiler trans. Alexander Booth • Jan Wagner trans. Iain Galbraith
Peter Waterhouse trans. Iain Galbraith • Uljana Wolf trans. Sophie Seita
Congratulations to Sharon Solwitz, whose story “Gifted” (NER 36.2) was selected by Junot Díaz and Heidi Pitlor for Best American Short Stories 2016!
We’re also thrilled to see a handful of others recognized as “Other Distinguished Stories.”
Rav Grewal-Kök, “The Bolivian Navy” (36.4)
Mateal Lovaas Ishihara, “Crossing Harvard Yard” (36.4)
Carla Panciera, “The Kind of People Who Look at Art” (36.2)
Michael X. Wang, “Further News of the Defeat” (36.2)
As Díaz says in his introduction, a passionate fan letter to the short story itself, “I am as much in awe of the form’s surpassing beauty as I am bowled over by its extraordinary mutability and generativity… the short story’s colossal power extends from its brevity and restraint.” Indeed.
We are pleased to share the news that NER poet and assistant professor of African American Studies Dr. Natalie Graham has won the 2016 Cave Canem poetry prize for her manuscript “Begin with a Failed Body.” The Cave Canem poetry prize is given by the Cave Canem foundation, “a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.”
Dr. Graham will receive a cash prize, and her manuscript will be published by The University of Georgia Press in the fall of 2017.
A native of Gainesville, Florida, Dr. Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review and Southern Humanities Review; and her articles are forthcoming in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition. She is a Cave Canem fellow and assistant professor of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Her poems “The Temptation of Saint Anthony,” “Judas Kiss,” and “Last Lament for Judas” were published in NER 32.2.
The longlist for the 2016 National Book Award in Poetry includes four NER poets: Rita Dove, who appeared in our pages as early as 1984, and Jane Mead, who will make her first NER appearance in 37.3, out later this month. Also on the longlist are Kevin Young (28.4) and Monica Youn (most recently 37.1). Congratulations to all the poets on the NBA list this year!
Daniel Borzutzky, “The Performance of Becoming Human”
Brooklyn Arts Press
Rita Dove, “Collected Poems 1974–2004”
W. W. Norton & Company
Peter Gizzi, “Archeophonics”
Wesleyan University Press
Donald Hall, “The Selected Poems of Donald Hall”
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Jay Hopler, “The Abridged History of Rainfall”
Donika Kelly, “Bestiary”
Jean Mead, “World of Made and Unmade”
Alice James Books
Solmaz Sharif, “Look”
Monica Youn, “Blackacre”
Kevin Young, “Blue Laws”
Alfred A. Knopf
National Book Awards finalists will be announced on October 13th, and winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 16th.
We are delighted to announce that the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology—Pushcart Prize XLI—will include three stories from New England Review: “The Devil’s Triangle” by Emma Duffy-Comperone, “Forty-Two” by Lisa Taddeo, and “I Sing You for an Apple” by Eric Wilson.
New Stories from the Midwest 2015, to be published by New American Press, will include “Three Marriages” by Emily Mitchell among its 25 selected stories. Plus, listed among the anthology’s “Distinguished Stories” are “Sloth” by Charlie Baxter, The Couplehood Jubilee” by Christine Sneed, and “Clear Conscience” by Christine Sneed.
Look for both anthologies in fall 2016.