As many of our online readers already know, at the end of this summer NER’s poetry editor C. Dale Young will be leaving his post after nineteen years on our masthead. His last issue as poetry editor, due out in October, will feature 20 poems he selected over the years and highlight the range of work and joy of discovery he brought to the magazine. C. Dale began reading poetry for NER as a medical student in the mid-nineties, continued on as associate editor, and then became poetry editor in 2000. We have been incredibly fortunate to have had such a passionate and discerning editor selecting work for our pages for so many years, and we salute C. Dale for his versatility, reliability, and dedication. We will miss him in ways we can’t yet imagine!
But we are equally fortunate to be able to announce that our new poetry editor will be Rick Barot. Rick is not only an accomplished poet but he is also a devoted reader and teacher of poetry with wide-ranging taste and vision. He served as a reader for NER for a number of years, in between publishing his poetry and essays in our pages. (Read his most recent essay, The Image Factory.) He begins as poetry editor in September.
Rick has published two books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), which received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review. He lives in Tacoma, Washington, and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is also the director of The Rainier Writing Workshop, PLU’s low-residency MFA in creative writing. Sarabande will publish his third book of poems, Chord, in 2015.
We look forward to working with Rick in his new role, and to bringing our readers an ambitious and exciting selection of poetry in the issues to come.
We are pleased to congratulate NER contributor Victoria Chang on being awarded a silver medal in the California Book Awards. The California Book Awards are among the oldest literary awards in the United States, and were one of the first to recognize the talent of John Steinbeck, who received three Gold Medals between 1935 and 1939.
Chang was recognized for her new collection, The Boss (McSweeney’s Poetry Series), and is the first Asian-American poet to win an award in the organization’s long history. She is the author of two other books of poetry: Salvinia Molesta (2008) and Circle (2005), which won the Crab Orchard Review Open Competition Award. She has been featured in several issues of NER, most recently in 33.1.
Congratulations to Victoria!
The new issue of NER has just been shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. A startling array of new voices is accompanied by new works from established authors, in this first issue from editor Carolyn Kuebler.
New poems by Elizabeth Spires, William Fargason, Troy Jollimore, David Hernandez, Kelli Russell Agodon, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Elizabeth T. Gray Jr., Carl Phillips, Rachel Richardson, Campbell McGrath, and Melissa Stein appear alongside new fiction from Glen Pourciau, Ricardo Nuila, Laura Lee Smith, David Guterson, Polly Rosenwaike, and Steven Heighton.
In essays, Jehanne Dubrow walks with Phillip Larkin, Francis-Noël Thomas examines Flemish painting, Rüdiger Safranski writes of Richard Wagner’s work to create a revolutionary “mythos,” Joshua Harmon takes us for a spin with the Cocteau Twins, Kathryn Kramer learns from her father in and out of the classroom, and Larry I. Palmer integrates the Phillips Exeter barbershop of the 1950s. Translations of prose by Valeria Luiselli, Juan José Saer, and Esther Tusquets reveal three very different Spanish-language authors from three countries, and cover artist Raïssa Venables contributes a photograph that disorients even as it invites readers inside.
Dr. C. Dale Young, Poetry Editor of New England Review, is the recipient of the 2014 Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Literary Editing. This award is presented by the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University to someone who has labored to uphold the highest literary standards in a magazine or small press. It is given in honor of the late Stanley Lindberg, a well-known man of letters who brought The Georgia Review to national eminence. The award will be conferred at the annual residency of the Program in August.
Young works full-time as a physician and has been editing poetry at the New England Review for 19 years. A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, he is the author of four collections of poetry, including Torn (2011) and The Halo (Four Way Books, 2016).
Young teaches part-time in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and lives in San Francisco. Poets published by Young very early in their careers include: Nick Flynn, Jennifer Grotz, Cate Marvin, Patrick Phillips, and the Poet Laureate of the United States Natasha Trethewey.
We are pleased to announce that NER contributor, Paisley Rekdal, has been awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship!
Rekdal is among 178 fellows chosen from an applicant pool of almost 3,000 individuals, and has previously received numerous honors for her poetic work including an NEA Fellowship and two Pushcart Prizes. She has published four books of poetry, appeared in Best American Poetry, and contributed to five issues of NER (26.4, 28.1, 29.4, 33.2, & 34.3-4).
Congratulations to Paisley and all of the other 2014 Guggenheim recipients!
From the poetry of Derrick Austin, Paisley Rekdal, and more than a dozen others, to the memorable stories of writers such as Leslie Bazzett and Charles Baxter, the new double issue of NER presents nearly 400 pages of new writing and translations that span two centuries.
In nonfiction, Rick Barot tells of becoming a poet in the years between undergraduate and graduate school in “The Image Factory” (“My poems could think, I was beginning to see…”), Steven Poole calls out deplorable office jargon in “The Favored Language of the Appararatchik: A Contemporary Sampler,” Jeff Staiger takes a long look at the impact of e-readers in “Kindle 451,” and much more.
Special Feature: The Russian Presence. With this rich offering of poetry and fiction, much of it in English for the first time, we are pleased to present twenty translations from Russian, including major Soviet era poets and contemporary poets, stories by Russian Booker Prize winners, and works by Dostoevsky and Chekhov. In addition: a reconsideration of an article written by Andrey Platonov during the Moscow Show Trials; a new, annotated translation of the transcript of the trial of poet Joseph Brodsky on the 50th anniversary of that event; an account of Lee Harvey Oswald’s pilgrimage to the USSR; Tomas Venclova’s memories of Anna Akhmatova; a detailed analysis of Andrey Tarkovsky’s film The Mirror; and playwright David Edgar’s reflections on language in eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Congratulations 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!
The new issue of New England Review has just shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. The issue features new poems by Mark Bibbins, Cody Heartz, Laura Kasischke, Dana Levin, Ross White, and David Wojahn, as well as new fiction by Stephen Dixon, Amanda Haag, Caitlin Hayes, Lindsay Hill, T. L. Khleif, Norman Lock, Emily Mitchell, and Megan Staffel.
Also, Seamus Heaney translates a sonnet on Rome by Joachim du Bellay, with comments by Paul Muldoon. Ellen Hinsey examines Putin’s crackdown on freedom of the press and political opposition in Russia, and Marian Crotty spends New Year’s Eve in Dubai with Flo-Rida. George Monteiro almost meets Elizabeth Bishop; Peter Plagens takes a look at Eric Fischl’s recent art world memoir; Richard Tillinghast compares architectural clues from Tipperary and Venice; and Greg Vitercik listens closely to Britten’s last major work. In “Rediscoveries,” the personal valet of Napoleon Bonaparte recalls one of his master’s most vivid nightmares. On the cover is a painting by Margaret Withers.
We dedicate this issue to long-time NER contributor F. D. Reeve (1928–2013), poet, fiction writer, and cultural interpreter.
New 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.