Hai-Dang Phan Wins NER Award for Emerging Writers

hdphan-atlIt is with great pleasure that New England Review and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference announce the selection of Hai-Dang Phan as the recipient of the second annual New England Review Award for Emerging Writers.

Hai-Dang Phan is a poet, translator, and assistant professor at Grinnell College. In addition to New England Review, his poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, the New Yorker, Best American Poetry 2016, jubilat, Prelude, and Bennington Review, and a chapbook of poems, Small Wars, will be out this spring from Convulsive Editions. His translations of work by the contemporary Vietnamese poet Phan Nhiên Hạo have been published in Asymptote, Waxwing, Anomalous, and Cerise Press, and were recognized with a fellowship from the American Literary Translators Association. A graduate of the University of Florida’s MFA program in creative writing, he currently lives in Des Moines and is working on his first poetry book.

Phan will attend the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as the New England Review Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholar. His poem “Are Those F-16s?” appears in NER 36.4. Please join us in wishing Hai-Dang Phan a hearty congratulations.

2016 PEN Literary Awards Shortlist

PEN American recently announced the shortlists for the 2016 PEN Literary Awards. Congratulations to all the writers recognized, and in particular to NER Poetry Editor Rick Barot, and NER contributors Reginald Dwayne Betts and Philip Metres.

51XONuBnJHL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Rick Barot has published three books of poetry: The Darker Fall (2002) received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and Want (2008) won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. His most recent book, Chord (2015), is on the shortlist for PEN’s Open Book Award, a recognition for a book-length work by an author of color. He has worked as the Poetry Editor at NER since fall 2014.



Reginald Dwayne Betts is author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (2009), and Shahid Reads His Own Palm (2010), which won the 2010 Beatrice Hawley Award. His newest collection, Bastards of the Reagan Era, is on the shortlist for PEN’s Open Book Award. Betts’s poetry has appeared in NER 31.4, 34.1, and 35.3.


thumbnailPhilip Metres is on the shortlist for the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his co-translated book I Burned at the Feast: Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovksy. He is the author of several books of original poetry as well as poetry in translation, including Sand Opera (2015), To See the Earth (2008), and Behind the Lines (2002). His work appeared in NER 34.3-4, 25.423.4, and 22.3 and is forthcoming in 2016.

New England Review Award for Emerging Writers

Finalists announced for 2016

New England Review announces, with enormous pleasure, the finalists for the second annual New England Review Award for Emerging Writers.

DSC_3006Please join us in congratulating our six finalists for 2016:

Kelly Grey Carlisle  (35.4)
Francine Conley  (36.3)
Rav Grewal-Kök  (36.4)
Hai-Dang Phan  (36.4)
Vincent Poturica  (36.4)
Lisa Taddeo  (36.1)

The winner, to be announced later this month, will receive a scholarship to the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Congratulations to them all—we are proud to have published such strong work from emerging writers in all three genres.

NER poems selected for Best American

best-american-poetry-2016-9781501127557_lgIt’s official! Two poems published in our pages during 2015 have been selected to appear in next year’s Best American Poetry, guest edited by Edward Hirsch. The winners are Patrick Rosal’s “At the Tribunals” (35.4) and Cate Marvin’s “High School in Suzhou” (36.1).

We’re also pleased to note that our poetry editor Rick Barot will also have a poem in that anthology: “Whitman, 1841,” originally published in Waxwing.

Announcing NER 36.4

NER- front cover-36-4Our new issue has just shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. Order your copy today!

  • Michael Fallon follows the sound of silence, from John Cage to Muzak, from the isolation tank to the supermax prison
  • Emily Geminder in Cambodia, seized by the ghost of collective memory
  • Kate Lebo hears hope in an ear surgeon’s scalpel
  • Laurence de Looze encounters the grace of friendship, the limitations of charity, and an abundance of art in Rome
  • Philip F. Gura, saved by the birds
  • Lisa Mullenneaux rediscovers the poetry of Hilda Morley, whose lines filter, devour, and capture light
  • John Addington Symonds notes the appetite and eccentricity behind some early Italian art
  • Plus twenty-two writers make their NER debut

FICTION by Penelope Cray, Emma Duffy-Comparone, David Ebenbach, Mateal Lovaas Ishihara, Rav Grewal-Kök, Vincent Poturica, Antonio Tabucchi (trans. Elizabeth Harris)

POETRY by J. Camp Brown, Lauren Camp, Edgar Kunz, Lisa Lewis, Tod Marshall, Owen McLeod, Giovanni Pascoli (trans. Taije Silverman & Marina Della Putta Johnston), Hai-Dang Phan, Sasha Pimentel, Diane Seuss, Brenda Shaughnessy

NONFICTION by Laurence de Looze, Michael Fallon, Emily Geminder, Philip F. Gura, Kate Lebo, Lisa Mullenneaux, John Addington Symonds

NER Receives NEA Support for 2016

PrintNew England Review is delighted to announce the support of the National Endowment for the Arts through 2016, with our third annual Art Works grant.

Beginning in 2014, New England Review was able to double its payment to writers appearing in the print journal—the first increase in 20 years. Thanks to this $10,000 grant, we will continue paying this higher rate through our next volume, in 2016, as well as continuing to pay contributors to NER Digital, our original writing feature for the web.

The only arts funder in the nation to award grants to recipients in every state, the NEA awards total more than $27.6 million. We are grateful to the NEA for their help in supporting writers at every level.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov. Congratulations to all the award recipients.

"Best American" News

Congratulations to all from NER


Congratulations to all who have been recognized in
Best American Essays 2015, including
Kate Lebo for her essay “The Loudproof Room” (NER 35.2)

Notable selections in this year’s list include:
“Village Bakery” by Ben Miller (NER 35.2)
“The Haircut” by Larry I. Palmer (NER 35.1)
“Kindle 451” by Jeff Staiger (NER 34.3-4)

to all those recognized in
Best American Short Stories 2015,
including Laura Lee Smith for her story “Unsafe at Any Speed” (NER 35.1)

Other Distinguished Stories selections include:
“Sloth” by Charles Baxter (NER 34.3-4)
“Studies in Composition” by Leslie Bazzett (NER 34.3-4)
“At the Bedside” by Ricardo Nuila (NER 35.1)
“Clear Conscience” by Christine Sneed (NER 35.3)

Congratulations to all featured in
Best American Mystery Stories 2015, including
Steven Heighton for his story “Shared Room on Union” (NER 35.1)

NER Authors

Updates, Awards, and Selections

We are always excited to celebrate our NER authors. Here are our most recent reasons to applaud them:


Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 10.44.10 AMJenny Johnson was selected as a 2015 Whiting Award recipient in poetry, given annually to ten superb emerging writers. The selection committee said of Johnson’s work: “There’s a sinuous, shape-shifting quality to this work that makes her poetic explorations of sex and selfhood all the more resonant.” Johnson’s poetry appeared in NER 34.3-4.



Anne Raeff was honored as a 2015 recipient of the Flannery Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 11.23.42 AM
O’Connor Award for Short Fiction for her collection The Jungle Around Us. Nancy Zafris praises these stories for their “ultimate simplicity and intimacy even as they weave together numerous global threads.” Two of the stories appearing in the collection were first published in NER 26.2 and 32.3. Her nonfiction work also appeared in NER 33.3 and NER Digital.



Screen Shot 2015-10-06 at 11.07.12 AMNER author Ellen Bryant Voigt has been awarded the distinct honor of a 2015 MacArthur Genius Grant. Voigt is one of 24 fellows selected in 2015 to receive $625,000 over five years. Voigt’s poetry has appeared in several NER issues including 35.3, 25.3, and 14.3. Voigt also served as a 2015 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Faculty member.


Announcing NER 36.3

New Issue New AuthorsNew Website


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 Three first-time-ever publications from new names in fiction.
Six new-to-NER authors in nonfiction.
Four new-to-NER poets.
And a brand new NER website 


New England Review 36.3







explores how the tiger hunt inspired an empire and decimated a species

URSUAL HEGI borrows from the present to imagine her way into the past

ROBERT HAHN hears the voice of Nick Carraway in the novels of our time

PAULA SCHWARTZ considers the strength and resilience of Fanny Dutet, Resistance fighter, Holocaust survivor, and friend

MAXIMILIAN VOLOSHIN‘s literary hijinks end in a duel
 (translated by Alex Cigale)

JOHN MILTON EDWARDS remembers the “fiction factory” in the days before the MFA

Announcing NER 36.2

With its focus on China, NER 36.2 brings us up close to an old, new world of art and history, nature and poetry. Also in this issue, we traverse our own country from the Atlantic to the Pacific with authors as they remember collective pasts, brave their own presents, and escort the most foreign of foreigners from our halls of ivy to our backroads theaters. The new issue of NER has just shipped from the printer and a preview is available on our website. Order a print or digital copy today!


Kazim Ali • David Baker • Christopher Bakken • Joshua Bennett • Bruce Bond • Luisa A. Igloria • Vandana Khanna • Rickey Laurentiis • Katrina Roberts • Ed Skoog • Xiao Kaiyu (translated by Christopher Lukpe) • Ya Shi (translated by Nick Admussen) • Yin Lichuan (translated by Fiona Sze-Lorrain)


Steve De Jarnatt • Joann Kobin • Carla Panciera • Sharon Solwitz • Michael X. Wang.


Wei An’s ruminations on nature just north of Beijing (translated by Thomas Moran)
Wendy Willis on Ai Weiwei’s blockbuster show at Alcatraz
Marianne Boruch discovers the diagnostic value of poetry
• Interpreter Eric Wilson relives the encounters of a Faeroese poet with American activists, academics, and alcohol
• James Naremore considers the considerable Orson Welles at 100, looking beyond Citizen Kane
• Jeff Staiger makes a case for how The Pale King was to have trumped Infinite Jest
• Camille T. Dungy is more than welcomed to Presque Isle as she finds herself in Maine’s early history
• “The Gloomy Dean” William Ralph Inge revisits Rome under the Caesars

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