NER Congratulates 2014 Guggenheim Fellows

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!

NER in Best American 2013

BAMS13We’ve just been informed that that “The Ring of Kerry” by Dennis McFadden, which appeared in NER 33.2, has been selected for Best American Mystery Stories 2013, edited by Otto Penzler and Lisa Scottoline. The book will come out this fall.

BAP13And three poems from NER have been chosen for Best American Poetry 2013, guest edited by Denise Duhamel (series editor David Lehman). We can’t tell you which poems, but we can congratulate the authors: Laura Kasischke, Adrienne Su, and Paisley Rekdal. The book will be released in September.

Birthday Poem

Image c. 1610 via Wikimedia

From Paisley Rekdal’s “Birthday Poem,” in the current issue:

It is important to remember that you will die,
lifting the fork with the sheep’s brain
lovingly speared on it to the mouth, the little
piece smooth on the one side as a baby
mouse pickled in wine; on the other, blood-
plush and intestinal atop
its bed of lentils.

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New Books from NER Authors

Sarah Manguso 

The Guardians

“Manguso’s writing manages, in carefully honed bursts of pointed, poetic observation, to transcend the darkness and turn it into something beautiful.”—Heller McAlpin, Barnes and Noble




Traci Brimhall

Our Lady of the Ruins

Winner of the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, Our Lady of the Ruins tracks a group of women through their pilgrimage in a mid-apocalyptic world.  Exploring war, plagues, and the search for a new God in exile, these poems create a chorus of wanderers haunted by empire, God, and personal trauma.

“…part Dylan Thomas, part saint’s legend and part Tolkien.” —Publishers Weekly Review


Lucia Perillo

Happiness Is a Chemical in the Brain: Stories

“Lucia Perillo isn’t just a strikingly original poet; she’s a top-notch fiction writer as well. The stories in this bleakly funny and harrowing collection are reminiscent of both Raymond Carver and Denis Johnson, but the vision than animates them is Perillo’s own, unique and unmistakable.” —Tom Perrotta



On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths

“Perillo’s poetic persona is funny, tough, bold, smart, and righteous. A spellbinding storyteller and a poet who makes the demands of the form seem as natural as a handshake, she pulls readers into the beat and whirl of her slyly devastating descriptions.”—Booklist



Ira Sadoff

True Faith

“Nowhere else in American poetry do I come across a passion, a cunning, and a joy greater than his. And a deadly accuracy. I see him as one of the supreme poets of his generation.”–Gerald Stern




Charles Holdefer

Back in the Game

“(Holdefer’s) funny novel describes a maturing pro athlete’s often bumpy transition from youthful dreams to mainstream American life.” —Publisher’s Weekly



Paisley Rekdal

Animal Eye

“Paisley Rekdal’s quiet virtuosity with rhyme and cadence, her syntactic fidelity to thought and sensation, her analytical intelligence that keeps homing in and in, her ambitious sentences and larger formal structures that try to embody with absolute accuracy the difference between what we ought to feel and what we really do feel—all these make her unique in her generation . . .”—Tom Sleigh


Michael Heller

This Constellation Is a Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010

From his early spare poems written in Spain to the recent ruminative work exploring language, tradition (often Jewish and diasporic) and the self, this book collects four decades of Michael Heller’s “tone perfect poems” as George Oppen described them. Enriched with the detailed landscapes of the phenomenal world and mind, This Constellation Is a Name confirms Michael Heller’s place at the forefront of contemporary American poetry.