Mid-Week Break | Ursula Hegi reads at Bread Loaf

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Ursula Hegi reads the first chapter from her novel in-progress at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Ursula%20Hegi%20photo%20#4%20-%20Children%20and%20FireUrsula Hegi is a bi-cultural writer who has published 12 books. Her Bulgdorf Cycle encompasses Stones from the River, Floating in My Mother’s PalmThe Vision of Emma Blau, and Children and Fire. Hegi’s work has been translated into many languages. Awards include the Italian Grinzane Cavour, NEA, and PEN/Faulkner. She is MFA faculty at Stony Brook Southampton, and has also taught at Barnard and Irvine. She has served as a juror for the National Book Awards and the National Book Critics Circle.

Her new work will appear in NER 36.3, fall 2015.

All Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference readings are available for free on iTunesU. Want to hear more? Visit the the Bread Loaf website.

NER Classics | Friedrich Torberg: An Introduction | Scott Denham

Categories: NER Classics

Scott Denham’s essay, Friedrich Torberg: An Introduction appeared in NER 20.4:

Friedrich Torberg (1908—1979) was very much a part of the Prague and Viennese literary café scenes in the 1920s and 1930s. He wrote a wicked schoolboy novel, Der Schüler Gerber hat absolviert (Berlin, 1930) [The Examination (London, 1932)]—the only one of his works which appears to have been translated in English-which catapulted him into the limelight of the café Herrenhof scene of Max Brod, Ernst Polak, and Alfred Polgar; in Vienna he associated with Karl Kraus, Franz Werfel, Robert Musil, Hermann Broch, and others. Three more novels published before the war were all well-enough received, but did not succeed in getting the critics past their notion of him as a bad boy cynic and lampooner. 

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Adam Giannelli Reads at Bread Loaf 2014

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Adam Giannelli reads his poetry at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference:

“Fern and Shadow” (published in Kenyon Review, 35.1)

Adam Giannelli

Adam Giannelli’s poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Yale Review, FIELD, Colorado Review, and elsewhere. He is the translator of a selection of prose poems by Marosa di Giorgio, Diadem (BOA Editions, 2012), which was shortlisted for the 2013 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, and the editor of High Lonesome (Oberlin College Press, 2006), a collection of essays on Charles Wright. He currently studies at the University of Utah, where he is a doctoral student in literature and creative writing, and a poetry editor for Quarterly West.

All Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference readings are available for free on iTunesU. Want to hear more? Visit the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Website.

New Books by NER Authors for April

Categories: NER Authors' Books

Series-India-front-cover “Gray possesses a fine poetic intelligence, as humble and compassionate as it is keen.” 

NER congratulates Elizabeth T. Gray, Jr. on the publication of her book of poetry Series | India (Four Way Books).

From her publisher: “The poems in Series | India explore the rich borderlands between the familiar and the foreign, illumination and opacity, gods and charlatans, through the braided, sometimes unstable narratives of young Westerners in India.”

Poems and translations of Ms. Gray’s have been published or are forthcoming in Little Star, Kenyon Review Online, Poetry International, Harvard Review, New Orleans Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and other publications. She is a translator of Persian and Tibetan literature, and has published her translations in several publications including Iran: Poems of Dissent (2013) and King Kesar of Ling (2012). Gray has also published a book of her translations called The Green Sea of Heaven: Fifty Ghazals from the Diwan-i Hafiz-i Shirazi (1995).

Series | India can be purchased from Four Way Books and independent booksellers.



 “His territory is [where] passion and eloquence collide and fuse.”
—The New York Times

New England Review is pleased to announce the publication of 51c--Jy36qL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_NER contributor Richard Siken‘s newest book of poetry, War of the Foxes (Copper Canyon 2015). This collection of poems features careful meditations that lead to questions of being, knowing, and power.

Siken’s work appears in NER 35.4. His debut collection, Crush, was the winner of the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize and a Lambda Literary Award.

Find War of the Foxes at Copper Canyon Press or at independent booksellers.



“Graham is one of our great poets. Her words will long outlast all of this chatter” —The New York Times

NER commends Jorie Graham on the publication of her second volume of selected poems From the New World: Poems 1976–2014 (Ecco 2015). y450-293

From the New York Times: “Graham’s great body of work, summarized in “From the New World,” her new career-spanning selected poems (one can understand why active poets resist the tombstone of a “collected” volume), has so much in it, more of life and of the world than that of almost any other poet now writing.”

Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Hybrids of Plants and Ghosts (1980), Erosion (1983), The End of Beauty (1987), Region of Unlikeness (1991), Never (2002), Sea Change (2008), and Place (2012), among others. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for her first volume of selected poems, The Dream of the Unified Field: Selected Poems 1974-1992.

From the New World is available at Ecco Press or at independent booksellers.



“A dazzling collection of essays on how the best poems work, from the master poet and essayist”

NER is pleased to announce to publication of New England Review contributor Jane Hirshfield’s collection of essays Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (Knopf 2015).

From the publisher: “‘Poetry,’ Jane Hirshfield has said, ‘is language that foments coverrevolutions of being.’ In ten eloquent and highly original explorations, she unfolds and explores some of the ways this is done—by the inclusion of hiddenness, paradox, and surprise; by a perennial awareness of the place of uncertainty in our lives; by language’s own acts of discovery.”

Hirshfield’s work has appeared in several issues of New England Review including NER 21.2 and NER 25.4. Poems of Hirshfield’s have also been published in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the Times Literary Supplement, the Nation, New Republic, Harper’s, Orion, and American Poetry Review, among others. She is the author of seven previous collections of poetry, two books of essays, and four books collecting and co-translating the work of poets from the past.

Purchase Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World from Knopf or at independent booksellers.



“Hirshfield’s riddling recipes for that world offer a profoundly altered understanding of our lives’ losses and additions, and of the small and larger beauties we so often miss.”

It is also our pleasure to announce the publication of The Beauty (Knopf 2015), the latest collection of poetry from NER author Jane Hirshfield.

cover-2From Publishers Weekly (starred review): “The book pleads itself to remember the past; the moments where days drifted by and doors could open or close. It pleads not to be forgotten. If Hirshfield’s previous work could be accused of lacking duende, this one surely cannot; it is a book of late-midlife koans that finally only want one thing, for ‘fate to be human'”

Purchase The Beauty from Knopf or at independent booksellers. 

NER Congratulates 2015 Guggenheim Fellows

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We are pleased to announce that NER contributors Cate Marvin and Maud Casey are among the 175 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship recipients chosen from an applicant pool of almost 3,000 individuals.

Cate Marvin has received numerous honors for her poetry, including the Whiting Award and a Kathryn A. Morton Prize. She has published three books of poetry and currently teaches creative writing at Columbia University’s MFA Program, the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and in the low-residency MFA program at Lesley University. She has contributed to six issues of NER (19.2, 20.2, 21.1, 22.2, 34.3-4, 36.1).

Maud Casey is the author of three novels, including most recently The Man Who Walked Away, and a collection of stories, Drastic. Her essays and criticism have appeared in A Public SpaceLiterary Imagination, the New York Times Book ReviewOxford American, and Salon. She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, and has received numerous international residency fellowships for her work in fiction. She is a Professor of English at Maryland University. Her essay on the photography and mystery of Vivian Maier appears in NER Digital.

Congratulations to Maud, Cate, and all of the 2015 Guggenheim recipients!




Mid-Week Break | Maud Casey Reads at Bread Loaf 2014

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Maud Casey reads her fiction at the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference:

An excerpt from her new novel, The Man Who Walked Away: 

Maud CaseMaud Caseyy is the author of The Man Who Walked Away, just released in paperback by Bloomsbury Publishing. She has also penned two previous novels: The Shape of Things to Come, a New York Times Notable Book, and Genealogy; as well as a collection of stories, Drastic. She is the recipient of the Calvino Prize and has received fellowships from the Fundación Valparaiso, Hawthornden International Writers Retreat, Château de Lavigny, Dora Maar, and the Passa Porta residency at Villa Hellebosch. Casey teaches at the University of Maryland and lives in Washington, D.C.

All Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference readings are available for free on iTunesU. Want to hear more? Visit the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Website.

NER Classics | The Marburg Sisters | Andrea Barrett

Categories: NER Classics


grapevineThe girls’ mother told them stories: how their grandfather Leo had grafted French vines onto North American roots with his German-Russian hands, finding the western New York winters easy to manage after Ukraine. At the head of the lake the Couperins, who ran a rival winery, had laughed at Leo’s cultivation practices, but in 1957, when Bianca was born, Leo had his revenge. That winter’s violent cold spell left the Marburgs’ earth-shrouded vines untouched when everyone else’s were killed, and Walter Couperin lost all his hybrid vines and switched back to Concords in a fury. 

Leo smiled and kept his secrets and established acres of gewurztraminer, which Couperin couldn’t grow, and rkaziteli, a Russian grape temperamental for everyone but him. The girls grew up hearing words like these: foxy, oaky, tannic, thin. Like all children, they knew more than they knew that they knew. 

In the fall the cold air slipping down from the hills hung white and even below the trellises. Leo’s winery thrived, and his oldest son—Theo, the girls’ father—threw himself into the business with a great and happy passion. Peter Couperin, Walter’s heir, field-grafted Seyvals onto half his Concord stock, and still Theo outdid him. 

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 Andrea Barrett‘s story, “the Marburg Sisters,” appeared in NER 16.4 (1994).

New Fiction from Mario J. Gonzales | NER 36.1

Categories: Fiction

Malditos | Mario J. Gonzales

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http://www.morguefile.com/archive/display/578044Before Cabezon’s mom OD’d there, me and my cousins Tug and Tweety would go to the hill and hang with Manny, an older guy from the Projects. Long time ago, the hill was where the mojados lived in small houses built by farmers to keep their illegals near work. Now the place is torn up, the rooms tagged, walls falling down. Piss-stained mattresses and bent cooking spoons litter the place. I mean, bums and junkies have hustled their way through, no doubt. In fact, some tweakers had a lab here and it blew up in their faces. You could see the smoke for miles. One dude, Palo, burned himself good and wore a mask like that Phantom of the Opera guy for a while.

But that’s not why they say the hill is haunted or cursed. It’s really cause some farmer, Gandangi or Gandansky, shot himself here, when all the wets were getting off work. Tug and Tweety’s stepmom, who was the farmer’s maid, said she heard he had went gay for a mojado. Who knows? Maybe the Mexican laughed or fucked him up when the farmer tried to put the moves on. But for sure he died bloody on the hill.

Haunted or not, the hill was the place to kick it. It was where I’d smoke a bowl and watch the sun burn down without no one bugging. Things got crazy, though. It started with this game Manny made up: seeing who could hold a lit M-16 firecracker the longest. Tweety always won, until one day Manny offered Cabezon twenty bucks to hold the cuete until it exploded. Cabezon did and ended up shredding his middle finger.

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Mario J. Gonzales currently lives and works in Santa Fe. He was raised in Parlier, California, a farm-worker community outside of Fresno. His short fiction has appeared in Drunken Boat, Cossack Review, Rio Grande Review, and other literary publications. He has finished a collection of short stories entitled The Importance of Being Elsewhere, which he hopes to be published soon.

New Poetry from Ocean Vuong | NER 36.1

Categories: Poetry

To My Father / To My Unborn Son | Ocean Vuong

“The stars are not hereditary.”—Emily Dickinson

There was a door & then a door
surrounded by a forest.
Look, my eyes are not
your eyes.
You move through me like rain heard
from another country.
Yes, you have a country.
Someday, they will find it
while searching for lost ships . . .
Once, I fell in love
during a slow-motion car crash.
We looked so peaceful, the cigarette floating from his lips
as our heads whip-lashed back
into the dream & all
was forgiven.

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Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from Kundiman, Poets House, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Academy of American Poets, as well as a 2014 Pushcart Prize. His poems appear in the New Yorker, Poetry, the Nation, Boston Review, Best New Poets 2014, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2012 Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. He lives in Queens, New York.