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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.


Natasha Trethewey Named U.S. Poet Laureate

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Natasha Trethewey

Congratulations to Natasha Trethewey, newly named as Poet Laureate of the United States. She has been a frequent contributor to NER since 1999, including work in issues 20.2, 22.423.425.427.230.4, and 32.3. Her poems “Genus Narcissus” and “Elegy” are available in full on our website.

New issue of New England Review

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The new issue of New England Review has just shipped from the printer, and a sample is available here on our website. In these pages, you’ll find new stories by Brock Clarke, Castle Freeman Jr., William Gilson, Jane Ratcliffe, and Christine Sneed, appearing alongside new poems by Beverly BurchVictoria Chang, Caleb Curtiss, Jeff Friedman, Debora Greger, Shara Lessley, John Lundberg, Matthew Nienow, C. L. O’Dell, Carl Phillips, Adrienne Su, and Valerie Wohlfeld. In nonfiction, Joseph Fruscione examines the long-term rivalry of Faulkner and Hemingway, Francis-Noël Thomas reflects on tea and its implications, and Paul Plagens recalls his time in the L.A. County jail’s “ding tank.” Also in nonfiction, historian Richard J. Smith traces the westward movement of the I ChingMatthew Vollmer visits a collector of Nazi paraphernalia, Karen Holmberg muses about bird song and the human voice, and Goethe makes his way to Rome. Plus a translation, by Benjamin Ehrlich, of the Nobel Prize neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal‘s thoughts on death, glory, and the limits of the human condition. This issue’s updated design features cover art by Jennifer Riley. BUY THIS ISSUE

NER’s C. Dale Young selected for 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship

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C. Dale Young

Big congratulations to C. Dale Young, NER’s Poetry Editor, on his 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry!

NER contributor Christian Wiman, Editor of Poetry magazine, was also awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship this year.

Read more about this year’s Fellows at Jacket Copy.

Laura Kasischke wins NBCC Award in poetry

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Congratulations to the 2012 winners of the National Book Critics Circle Award, including NER contributor Laura Kasischke, who won in poetry for her book Space, in Chains (Copper Canyon). Laura Kasischke first appeared in NER in 1994 (16.1), and most recently in our current issue (32.4).

Here are three other poems by Kasischke published in NER and available in full online:

Miss Congeniality” (26.4), “Riddle” (29.2), and “They Say” (30.2).