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Announcing the new NER: Vol. 35, No. 1

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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.

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C. Dale Young Receives Award for Literary Editing

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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.

NER Congratulates 2014 Guggenheim Fellows

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We are pleased to announce that NER contributor, Paisley Rekdal, has been awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship!

paisley-rekdalRekdal 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!

New England Review Announces Double Issue

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Double Issue
Volume 34, Numbers 3–4

From the poetry of Derrick AustinPaisley 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.

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NER Congratulates NEA Fellowship Winners

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NEA-logo-color-e1320093807889Congratulations 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!

Announcing the new NER: Vol. 34, #2

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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. 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.

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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.

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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.