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Eduardo C. Corrall (30.4) was among the recipients of this year's Whiting Writers Awards, which are given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. The awards, of $50,000 each, are based on accomplishment and promise.
The National Book Foundation has named Melinda Moustakis (32.1) one of its 2011 “5 Under 35,” an honor that acknowledges notable young fiction writers under the age of 35. The writers will be honored Nov. 14 in New York at a celebration hosted by filmmaker and author John Waters.
David Phillip Mullins (29.2) was recently awarded the the Silver Pen Award, from the Friends of the University of Nevada (Reno) Library in recognition of his writing career in and about Nevada, as part of the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame's effort to recognize writers who are in mid-career and have shown substantial achievement.
The Vermont Arts Council, along with Governor Shumlin have awarded Julia Alvarez (21.1) the 2011 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. This award is Vermont's highest honor in the arts. (9/15/11)
On Sept. 9, 2011, New England Review co-founder and recent contributor Sydney Lea (32.2) was named the Vermont Poet Laureate.
The second quarterly event in the NER Vermont Reading Series took place on Aug. 3, with writers David Huddle, Gary Margolis, Janice Obuchowski, and Angela Patten. We filled the room at Carol's Hungry Mind Cafe in Middlebury. See our press release for details, and check out the photos by Jonathan Blake on our Facebook page.
Christine Sneed's story "The First Wife" has been chosen for the PEN/O. Henry Prize
Stories 2012, to be published in May by Anchor Books. This story first appeared in NER 31.4.
New England Review held its second annual Middlebury Faculty and Alumni Reading on Saturday, June 4, with David Bain, John Canaday, Sophia Healy, Eleanor Henderson, Michael Katz, and Emily Mitchell. See our Facebook page for photos.
Melinda Moustakis won the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction for her collection, Bear Down Bear North: Alaska Stories, which includes "What You Can Endure" (32.1).
"Spell Against the Gods" (31.2) by Patrick Phillips was chosen for a Pushcart Prize and will be published in the 2011 Pushcart Prize Anthology.
Karen Rigby (Vol. 24, #2) has received the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize. Chinosierie is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press in January, 2012.
C. Dale Young, NER's poetry editor, is featured for his short story "The Affliction" at the Emerging Writers Network for National Short Story Month.
Traci Brimhall's (32.1) Our Lady of the Ruins was selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize and will be published in 2012 by W. W. Norton.
Chase Twichell (30.2) won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award, sponsored by Claremont Graduate University, for her book Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been (Copper Canyon Press).
New England Review launched the Vermont Reading Series on Tuesday, April 19, 7.m. Four Vermont writers—Kellam Ayres, Castle Freeman Jr., Ted Gilley (29.3), and Kathryn Kramer (27.4)—read from their work at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury.
Four NER contributors were awarded Guggenheim fellowships for poetry in 2011: Claudia Emerson (16.1), Kimberly Johnson (most recently forthcoming in 32.1), Maurice Manning (31.2), and D. A. Powell (28.4, 29.4).
Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry, by Christine Sneed, whose work appears in the current issue of NER (31.4), was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in First Fiction.
NER Poetry editor C. Dale Young's new collection of poems, Torn, is now available from Four Way Books.
Shannon Cain is the winner of the 2011 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, judged by Alice Mattison. Her short story manuscript, The Necessity of Certain Behaviors, will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in fall 2011. The title story was first published in NER (27.2).
Three poems originally published in NER were selected by Kevin Young for Best American Poetry 2011: Eric Pankey's "Cogitatio Mortis" (31.1), Natasha Trethewey's "Elegy" (30.4), and Jennifer Grotz's "Poppies" (31.1). The anthology will be published next fall.
Poetry Daily featured Lucia Perillo's poem "At the Hatchery" (31.2) on January 13, and, for its prose feature of the week of January 11, Ira Sadoff's essay "Poetry Memory, Poetic Design" (31.2).
New England Review (Middlebury College) has been approved for a grant of $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funds received from the NEA will be used to support publishing expenses (writers’ fees, editing, production), web expenses (development, design, maintenance), and marketing (e-marketing, subscription appeal, editor talks).
More good news from the National Endowment for the Arts: Nine authors whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in NER were awarded Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry for $25,000 each: Michelle Boisseau (8.1), Jericho Brown (28.1), Richard Foerster (21.3), Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (25.4), Norman Lock (30.2), Shara McCallum (30.4), Matthew Nienow (31.4), Donald Platt (16.4), and Alexandra Teague (25.1,2).
The Pushcart Prize XXXV has just been released, and three works from NER have been selected for inclusion in this 2011 edition: "Landscape with Arson," by Jennifer Grotz (30.1), "They Say" by Laura Kasischke (30.2), and "The Dark Rides" by Chase Twichell (30.2). In addition, the following stories were selected for "special mention": "Extended Care" by P.J. Murphy, "Black Days" by Geoffrey Becker, "What Can't Not Happen" by Peter LaSalle, and "A Street Guide to Providence" by Samuel Ligon; "The Literary Scene Changes" by Ted Solotaroff was selected for "special mention" in nonfiction.
Nicholas Ripatrazone has some good words about using lit mags in the classroom, and about NER in particular, at Luna Park. About 30.4 he says, "I could teach an entire semester course on a single issue of this single literary magazine."
Sara Elizabeth Johnson, whose poems have appeared in Vol. 29, #4, received a 2010 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. The Awards of $25,000 each were presented to the six recipients on September 23rd in New York City.
Lucy Berrington (30.2) won the Chistell Writing Contest for short story for "The Leaping Place." For the 10th year, this prize has been awarded to writers from around the world for their creative work in fiction and poetry.
Robin Ekiss (29.2, 24.4) won the Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers for her first poetry collection, The Mansion of Happiness.
Joshua Harmon (30.4) won the Akron Poetry Prize for his book Le Spleen de Poughkeepsie. He will receive $1000 and the book will be published in spring 2011.
Three NER contributors were awarded Guggenheim fellowships for their creative and scholarly work in 2010: Joel Brouwer (29.1), Ted Genoways (25.4), and Patrick Phillips (31.2).
CLMP has rolled out its new catalogue for the Lit Mag Adoption Program, and NER is among the magazines creative writing teachers can adopt for classroom use. For discounts and details on the program, see CLMP's web page.
The author David Markson died on Friday, June 4. In honor of his life and work, we post this article from a back issue of NER by Laura Sims: David Markson and the Problem of the Novel.
Four works from New England Review were selected for 2010's "Best American" anthologies: G. C. Waldrep's poem "Their Faces Shall Be As Flames" (30.1), Chase Twichell's "The Dark Rides" (30.2), and Sarah Murphy's "Letter to the Past after Long Silence" (29.4) will appear in Best American Poetry 2010, selected by Amy Gerstler and David Lehman, and Lori Ostlund's "All Boy" (30.3) will appear in Best American Short Stories 2010, selected by Richard Russo and Heidi Pitlor.
This volume cites Louise Jarvis Flynn's "Irish Twins" (30.3), Peter LaSalle's "What Can't Not Happen" (30.3), and Lori Ostlund's "Talking Fowl with My Father" (30.3) as "Other Distinguished Stories of 2009." Best American Essays 2010 lists Michael Coffey's "Free Jazz" (30.2) among the "Notable Essays of 2009" and NER's "Remembering Ted Solotaroff" feature (30.3) among the "Notable Special Issues of 2009."
NER congratulates the winners of the fifteenth annual Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes, sponsored by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference at Middlebury College. Dilruba Ahmed’s (30.2) Dhaka Dust was chosen by Arthur Sze for the Poetry prize; Shann Ray’s American Masculine: Montana Stories was chosen by Robert Boswell for the Fiction prize; and Mary Jane Nealon’s Beautiful Unbroken was chosen by Jane Brox for the Creative Nonfiction prize. The three winning authors will have their book length manuscripts published by Graywolf. In addition, they will receive fellowships to attend the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in August, 2011.
Travis Kurowski, the editor of Luna Park, compares NER to Scofield Thayer’s The Dial — "arguably the seminal American lit mag"; for more of this review see his "Luna Digest" column on the Fictionaut Blog.
Melissa Stein's poetry collection Rough Honey won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Mark Doty, and will be published by American Poetry Review with Copper Canyon Press in fall 2010. The collection contains the poem "Olives, Bread, Honey, and Salt" (25.1-2).
Three NER authors have won California Book Awards this spring: Lori Ostlund (27.1, 30.3) won in First Fiction for her collection The Bigness of the World; D.A. Powell (29.4, 28.4) in Poetry for Chronic: Poems; and Rebecca Solnit (24.1, 26.2) in Nonfiction for A Paradise Built in Hell.
Gregory Blake Smith was awarded the 2010 Juniper Prize for Fiction from the University of Massachusetts Press. His story collection, The Law of Miracles, will be published in 2011 with a cash prize of $1,500. This collection contains two stories that first appeared in NER: "Being and Nothingness (Not a Real Title)" (30.3) and "Some Moral Problems You Might Like to Ponder..." (26.1). Also winning the Juniper Prize this year, for poetry, is Middlebury College alumnus Lucas Farrell ('03) for his collection, The Many Woods of Grief, which will also be published by UMass Press in 2011.
New England Review exhibited at the AWP Book Fair and Conference in Denver April 7-10. Managing editor Carolyn Kuebler participated in two panels: CLMP's Lit Mags in the Classroom (Thurs. 1:30) and Navigating Chaotic Changes in Literary Magazine Publishing (Fri. 4:30). Poetry editor C. Dale Young participated in the panel The Western Landscape in Contemporary American Poetry (Sat. noon). Thanks to all who stopped by our table to say hello and to all the helpful members of our panels.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded The New Valley by Josh Weil (27.2) the Sue Kaufman Prize in First Fiction, an award of $5,000 for the novel or short story collection that the academy deems the best work of first fiction published in 2009.
Chris Gavaler's story "Is" (29.2) was selected for the anthology Real Unreal: Best American Fantasy 3, just out from Underland Press.
Natasha Trethewey's "Elegy" (30.4) was featured March 12 on Poetry Daily.
New Pages features a review of Vol. 30, #3 of NER: Sima Rabinowitz says, "I know the quality of the writing will always be strong, serious, sophisticated, and that there will always be something unexpected, fresh without trying to impress."
Gary L. McDowell's (29.3) first full-length manuscript, American Amen, has recently won the 2009 Orphic Prize for Poetry and will be published by Dream Horse Press in late 2010.
New issue of Cerise Press: A Journal of Literature, Arts, and Culture, features three NER authors and readers: Rick Barot, Quan Barry, and Paul Otremba.
Alice Sebold hosted an evening of short stories at Symphony Space in October, in which Victor Garber, Joanna Gleason, and Isaiah Sheffer performed stories--by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Joseph Epstein, and Rebecca Makkai ("The Briefcase," 29.2)--from the latest edition of Best American Short Stories 2009. It aired on NPR in January.
Four writers whose work has appeared recently in NER were awarded 2010 Literature Fellowships in Creative Writing (Prose) in the amount of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts: Roy Kesey (28.1, 26.3), Suzanne Rivecca (28.1), Gregory Blake Smith (30.3, 26.1, 6.3), and Rebecca Solnit (26.2, 24.1).
D. A. Powell (Vol. 29, #4) received the Kingsley Tufts Award, which comes with a prize of $100,000, for his poetry collection Chronic. His book is also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle’s poetry award.
Jericho Brown was among ten recipients of the 2009 Whiting Writers' Awards. The awards of $50,000 each are given annually to writers of exceptional talent and promise. His first book, Please, includes two poems first published in NER Vol. 28, #1.
G.C. Waldrep's poem "Their Faces Shall Be As Flames" (30.1) appears in the Readings section of the February issue of Harper's. Robert Cohen's new novel, Amateur Barbarians, was selected for the New York Times list of "100 Notable Books of 2009." His work appeared most recently in NER Vol. 30, #3. CLMP (Council for Literary Magazines and Presses) has selected New England Review to participate in a new program, the Literary Magazine Engagement Program for Creative Writing Students. The program offers half-price subscriptions for selected literary magazines to writing classes adopting them for course use (with desk-copy subscriptions to the professors). Additionally, once during the semester, senior editors from adopted magazines will participate in a virtual or in-person meeting with the class, allowing students to better understand the publishing community.
The ultimate goal of this program is to expose students to the variety of magazines out there and promote an active, engaged reading culture among young writers. Teachers will be able to choose from six different literary magazines for the pilot program, and if it is successful the menu of magazines will grow significantly in the future. For more information, and to participate in the program, please visit the CLMP website.
Traci Brimhall's poetry manuscript, Rookery, won the Crab Orchard Review Series in Poetry First Book Award. The book, which contains two poems first published in NER 30.1 will be out from Southern Illinois University in late 2010.
Josh Weil, whose story “Liberation Square,” appeared in Vol. 27, #2, was chosen as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 under 35” for 2009.
Lori Ostlund, whose stories havve appeared in Vol. 27, #1 and Vol. 30, #3, received a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. The Awards of $25,000 each were presented to the six recipients on September 24th in New York City.
Joel Brouwer’s poem “For What the Hell They Needed It For,” which appeared in Vol. 29, #1, was selected for the Pushcart Prize. The anthology, Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses, 2009, also cites for special mention other works first published in NER: poems by Kevin Prufer ("Cancer") and Carl Phillips ("Night"), nonfiction by Bruce Mills ("Sleeping with Jacob") and Janet Groth ("Homage to Mister Berryman"), and fiction by Jon McMillan ("The Fishman of Point Cripp").
The "Best American" anthologies for 2009 are out, and included in them are works first published in NER. Rebecca Makkai’s story “The Briefcase,” which appeared in Vol. 29, #2, was selected for Best American Short Stories 2009 and for Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009. Alexandra Teague’s poem “Heartlines,” which appeared in NER Vol. 29, #2, was selected for Best American Poetry 2009.
Suzanne Rivecca's short story collection, Death is Not an Option, will be published by W.W. Norton in July 2010. The book will include "Uncle," which first appeared in NER, Vol. 28, #1.
Two NER contributors were among the finalists for this year's National Book Award: Carl Phillips for Speak Low and Ann Lauterbach for Or to Begin Again.
Elizabeth Haukaas talks to NPR for the All Things Considered series “How Artists Make Money,” and reads her poem “The Blues,” which appeared in Vol. 28, #1.
Ted Gilley won the 2009 Prairie Schooner Book Prize for his story collection, Bliss. He will receive $3000 and the book will be published in fall 2010 by the University of Nebraska Press. The title story appeared in Vol. 29, #3.
David Philip Mullins won the 2009 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. His book, True Love Vs. the Cigar Store Indian, will be published by Sarabande Books next year. It includes three stories originally published in NER--the title story (Vol. 21, #2), "Driving Lessons" (Vol. 25, #3), and most recently, "First Sight" (Vol. 29, #2).
The Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded its 2009 fellowships to nine poets, 11 fiction writers, two biographers and a dozen nonfiction authors. Among them are four NER contributors. Winners in poetry include Saskia Hamilton (Vol. 14, #4) and Laura Kasischke (Vol. 29, #2), and in fiction John Haskell (Vol. 25, #3) and George Singleton (Vol. 24, #2).
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has presented its 2009 Awards in Literature, and Michael Collier (Vol. 26, #4 ) is among the recipients of this year's $7500 award.
Robert Schine's essay "'The Deleted Word': Implications of an Altered Text by Hermann Hesse" has been published in Hebrew translation in the Israeli journal Yekinton (Tel Aviv), November 2008. The essay originally appeared in NER Vol. 25, #3.
Norman Lock has been awarded a 2009 fellowship in fictional literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, in part for "The Monster in Winter," a story published in NER Vol. 28, #3.
Brenda Wineapple's White Heat: The Friendship of Emily Dickinson & Thomas Wentworth Higginson, which was excerpted in NER Vol. 29, #3, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Ted Gilley (Vol. 29, #3) won the Alehouse Press (San Francisco) annual national poetry contest. The prize was $1000.
The 2008 TLS Poetry Competition has been won by Susan Rich (Vol. 29, #1), of Seattle, WA, for her poem “Different Places to Pray.” She receives $4,000.
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded its 2009 Literature Fellowships in Poetry. Among the recipients of the $25,000 award are NER poetry editor C. Dale Young and NER contributors Xochiquetzal Candelaria (Vol. 27, #3), Henri Cole (Vol. 23, #3), Stuart Dischell (Vol. 2, #4), Robert Gibb (Vol. 17, #1), Douglas Goetsch (Vol. 26. #4), Bob Hicok (Vol. 29, #2), Lynne Knight (Vol. 16, #4), Orlando R. Menes (Vol. 27, #1), Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Vol. 26, #1), Patrick Phillips (Vol. 27, #3), and Gabriel Spera (Vol. 14, #2).
Suzanne Rivecca's story "Uncle," which appeared in NER Vol. 28, #1, was selected for the Pushcart Prize. The anthology, Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses, was just published (November 2008). Selected for "special mention" were the stories "Quality of Life" by Christine Sneed and "Love Story" by Rachel Kadish, and the poem "The Ocracoke Ponies" by Jennifer Grotz, all of which first appeared in NER.
Lori Ostlund's story collection, The Bigness of the World, was selected for the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction from the University of Georgia Press. The book, which includes "The Children Beneath the Seat" (Vol. 27, #1), and two stories that are forthcoming in Vol. 30, #3, will be published in fall 2009.
Richard Howard's poetry collection Without Saying, which includes a poem first published in NER Vol. 27, #1, was a finalist for the National Book Award. The Boston Globe recognizes New England as a hotbed for literary magazine publishing, including New England Review among the top 10. Artnet.com has begun publishing
Peter Plagens's novel, The Art Critic, online. The 24 chapters will appear weekly. Plagens's nonfiction appeared most recently in NER Vol. 29, #1.
“Contemplating Quiet,” a poem by Robin Ekiss that appeared in NER Vol. 29, #2, was featured on Poetry Daily on August 24.
Ricard Pau-Llosa, whose poetry most recently appeared in NER Vol. 29, #1, appeared on the Jim Lehrer NewsHour program on PBS as part of the Poetry Series. The segment can be viewed on “streaming video.”
E. V. Slate's story "Purple Bamboo Park" (Vol. 28, #2) has been selected for the PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories 2009 to be published in May 2009 by Anchor Books.
A podcast of the New York Public Library's "Periodically Speaking" event featuring NER editor Stephen Donadio introducing poet Patrick Phillips (most recently appearing in NER Vol. 27, #3) is now available by podcast on the NYPL website.
Philip F. Gura's book American Transcendentalism (Hill & Wang, 2007) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An excerpt from this book appeared in NER Vol. 28, #3.
Bob Hicok, whose work has appeared frequently in NER, most recently in Vol. 27 #1, was awarded the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for his book This Clumsy Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). The $10,000 prize recognizes a book of poetry written by an American and published during the preceding two years and/or the lifetime achievement of an American poet. The prize is donated by the family of the late Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt of Austin, Texas, in her memory, and awarded at the Library of Congress.
C. D. Wright has selected G. C. Waldrep (Vol. 28, #3) as winner of the 2007 Dorset Prize for his poetry manuscript Archicembalo. He will receive $10,000, and his book will be published in 2009 by Tupelo Press.
Molly McNett's collection One Dog Happy, is the winner of the 2008 John Simmons Short Fiction Award from the University of Iowa Press. It was published in August 2008 by University of Iowa Press. Her story "Catalogue Sales" first appeared in NER (Vol. 25, #4).
Emily Mitchell's novel, The Last Summer of the World, was chosen as a finalist for the New York Public Library's 2008 Young Lions Fiction Award. Her work appeared in NER vol. 28, #2.
Cate Marvin, whose work has appeared frequently in NER, most recently in Vol. 24, #4, was one of ten recipients of the 2007 Whiting Writers’ Awards from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. The awards, which are now $50,000 each, have been given annually since 1985 to emerging writers of exceptional talent and promise.
Christine Sneed's story "Quality of Life" (Vol. 28, #2) was chosen by Salman Rushdie, guest editor, and series editor Heidi Pitlor to appear in The Best American Short Stories 2008.
Suzanne Rivecca's story"Look Ma, I'm Breathing" was chosen for the Harcourt anthology Best New American Voices 2009, guest-edited by Mary Gaitskill and forthcoming in October 2008. She was published in NER, 28, #1.
Anthony Varallo's second short story collection, Out Loud, has won the 2008 Drue Heinz Literature Prize, judged by Scott Turow, and will include "Parade Rest," from NER, 28, #2. University of Pittsburgh Press has just been published.
Glen Pourciau's short story collection, Invite, won the 2008 Iowa Short Fiction Award. It will be published in the fall of 2008 by University of Iowa Press. Several of the stories from this collection first appeared in NER: "How Tommy Lee Turned Out Abnormal"(Vol. 17, #3),
"Among the Missing" (Vol.18, #2), "Deep Wilderness" (Vol. 21, #1), and "Snub" (Vol. 27, #3).
Charles Wright selected Chris Forhan's poem, "Rock Polisher" (NER Vol. 28, #1) and New England Review poetry editor C. Dale Young's poem "Sepsis" (published in VQR) for Best American Poetry 2008.
An interview with NER editor Stephen Donadio appeared in Burlington newspaper Seven Days on December 19, 2007.
Poet Henri Cole (NER Vol. 23, #3) and novelist John Haines (Vol. 9, #2) were among the recipients of $50,000 United States Artists fellowship grants for artistic excellence.
Pushcart Prize XXXII is just out, and "Bear Story" by Sage Marsters (NER Vol. 27, #4) is included among the winners. Special mention also goes to the following NER selections: "Happy for You," a story by Gregory Spatz, "The Origin of the Specious," a poem by Richard Kenney, "Singe," a poem by Bob Hicok, and "The Lord God Returns," a poem by Susan Wood.
NER editor Stephen Donadio introduced poet Patrick Phillips at "Periodically Speaking," a reading series at the New York Public Library, consponsored by the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses in October 2007. The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the 2008 recipients of the Literature Program's Fellowships for Translation Projects. Two recent NER contributors are among them. Nicholas Benson will use the fellowship to continue work on his translation of Italian poet Aldo Palazzeschi’s book The Arsonist, part of which appeared in NER Vol. 27, #2. Dick Davis will use the fellowship to continue his translation from the poetry of 14th-century Persian princess Jahan Khatun. His translation of “The Legend of Seyavash” by Abolqasem Ferdowsi appeared in NER Vol. 26, #4. These fellows will each receive a $20,000 award.
Robin Ekiss (NER Vol. 24, #4) and Jennifer Grotz (NER Vol. 27, #2) are among the emerging women writers who were singled out for excellence by the 2007 Rona Jaffe Foundation and will receive awards of $25,000 each. "The Necessity of Certain Behaviors" by Shannon Cain has been chosen to be included in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008. The story appeared in NER in Vol. 27, #2. "Bear Story" by Sage Marsters (NER Vol. 27, #4) was selected for a Pushcart Prize and will appear in Pushcart Prize XXXII: Best of the Small Presses, 2008.
Aaron Baker's book of poems, Mission Work, was selected by Stanley Plumly as the winner of the 2007 Bakeless Prize and will be published by Houghton Mifflin in the spring of 2008. He had poems in NER Volume 25, #1-2.
Natasha Trethewey, a frequent contributor of poems to our pages, most recently in Vol. 27, #2, is the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection, Native Guard (Houghton Mifflin, 2006).
Barnard College announced that writer Joyce Carol Oates has chosen Lisa Williams and her collection Woman Reading to the Sea as the winner of the 2007 Barnard Women Poets Prize, an annual contest to publish an emerging poet’s second collection. The Prize, awarded jointly by Women Poets at Barnard and tW.W. Norton & Company, includes publication of the work and a free public reading at Barnard. Williams appeared in NER Vol. 21, #3.
Peter Pereira's "Nursemaid's Elbow" (NER Vol. 27, #1) was chosen by Heather McHugh for the 2007 edition of The Best American Poetry. His latest book of poems, What's Written on the Body, was recently released by Copper Canyon Press.
Beverly Jensen’s “Wake” ( Vol. 27, #2) has been selected for the 2007 edition of The Best American Short Stories. NER will publish another story by Jensen in Vol. 28, #2.
Keith Ekiss, whose work appeared in NER Vol. 25, #1-2, and will appear in Vol. 28, #2, has recently been named a Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University.
David Roderick has been named the 2007-2008 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholar. Roderick will spend a year abroad living and writing and will receive a stipend from the Trust set up by the poet, Amy Lowell. David Roderick's poems last appeared in NER Vol. 24, #2, and since then, has worked as one of our poetry readers.
Elmo Lum's "What I Never Said" (Vol. 27, #3) was selected for New Stories from the Southwest, to be published in January 2008 by University of Ohio Press.
Martha Carlson-Bradley's first full-length collection of poems, Season We Can't Resist, will be published in June 2007 by Word Tech Editions. Two poems in this book were first published in NER: "At the Falls" in Vol. 20, #2 and "Winter Botany" in Vol. 18, #1.
Frederick Brown’s Flaubert: A Biography (Little Brown), chapters of which first appeared in NER Vol. 25, #4 and Vol. 26, #4, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography.
Major Jackson, a longtime poetry reader for NER, was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award, in the category of Outstanding Literary Work, for his recent book, Hoops (Norton).
Milan Kundera's New Yorker essay about world literature and how we read each other (Jan. 8, 2007) offers an oblique but intriguing follow-up to Allison Stanger's open letter to the Czech author, which appeared in NER's Vol. 18, #1. We invite readers to have another look at Stanger's letter here.
Peter LaSalle's short story collection Tell Borges If You See Him has been named a recipient of the 2006 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction. The collection will be released in October by the University of Georgia Press and includes two stories originally published in NER: the title story "Tell Borges If You See Him" (Vol. 25, #1-2) and "Where We Last Saw Time" (Vol. 21, #2), which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Joyce Carol Oates.
The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2007 recipients of the Literature Program's Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry. Each literature fellow receives a $20,000 award. The following NER contributors were among those awarded: David C. Barber, Andrea Hollander Budy, Joseph Campana, Averill Curdy, Jonathan Fink, Christopher Forhan, Saskia Hamilton, James Hoch, Lance Larsen, Kevin Prufer, Karen Rigby, Martha Ronk, Mark Sullivan, G. C. Waldrep, and Greg W. Williamson. Brock Clarke's story "The Apology," which appeared in NER Vol. 24, #3, has been chosen by Symphony Space for its "Selected Shorts" series. It was part of a live reading program on February 9, 2007, at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and recorded for subsequent broadcast on NPR.
Carl Phillips, whose poetry and essays have appeared frequently in NER (most recently in Vol. 27, #4), has been selected as the recipient of the 2006 Academy of American Poets Fellowship, given in memory of James Ingram Merrill. The Fellowship is awarded once a year to a poet for distinguished poetic achievement at mid-career and provides a stipend of $25,000. Fellows are elected by the Academy’s Board of Chancellors. More recently, he was elected to the Board of Chancellors himself.
"The Company of Men" by Jan Ellison has been chosen to be included in The O.Henry Prize Stories 2007, to be published in May 2007 by Anchor Books. The story appeared in NER in Vol. 26, #4.
Robert Pinsky has selected David Roderick's manuscript, Blue Colonial, as the winner of the 2006 American Poetry Review / Honickman first book prize. The prize includes publication by APR and distribution of the book by Copper Canyon Press as well as a $3,000 award. Roderick last appeared in NER in Vol. 24, #2, and since then, has worked as one of our poetry readers.
"Myth" by Natasha Trethewey (NER Vol. 25, #4) was selected for a Pushcart Prize and appears in Pushcart Prize XXXI: Best of the Small Presses, 2007.
Elizabeth Rollins's "Joint Custody," Steve Almond's "Open Up and Say Ow," and Gregory Spatz's "Any Landlord's Dream" were all selected for Special Mention.
Ian Ganassi received a grant from the St. Botolph Foundation to continue work on his translation of Virgil's Aeneid, sections of which have appeared in NER, most recently in Vol. 26, #4 and forthcoming in Vol. 28, #1.The Claremont Graduate University has announced the winners of the 2006 Tufts Poetry Awards. The winner of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is Lucia Perillo for her collection, Luck Is Luck (Random House, 2005). Perillo's work appeared in NER in Vol. 26, #3.
Recent essays by Myles Weber ("Reading Salinger's Silence," Vol. 26, #2) and A. J. Sherman ("Schools for Scandal," Vol. 26, #3) have been selected for excerption in Wilson Quarterly (autumn 2005, winter 2006, respectively).
Keith Lee Morris's "Tired Heart" (NER, Vol. 26, #2) was selected for New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2006.
Laura Kasiscke's "At Gettysburg," which appeared in NER, Vol. 26, #4 and David Yezzi's "The Call" (NER, Vol. 26, #3) were selected for Best American Poetry, 2006.
Jan Ellison received the Clark-Gross Award in the Novel from San Francisco State for her novel-in-progress.
Myles Weber was awarded a 2005 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in the category of literary criticism. The amount of the award was $5000. Weber appears frequently in the pages of NER, most recently in Vol. 27, #4, with his essay on Phillip Roth.The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2006 recipients of the Literature Program's Creative Writing Fellowships in Prose. Each literature fellow receives a $20,000 award. The following NER contributors were among those awarded: Shannon Cain, Bret Anthony Johnston, Barbara Klein Moss, Ron V. Rash, and Nancy Zafris.
Christopher Sorrentino's novel Trance, which was excerpted in NER, Vol. 26, #2, was a National Book Award finalist for 2005.
Sebastian Barry's novel A Long Long Way was shortlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize. This novel was excerpted in NER, Vol. 25,#4 and published by Viking Penguin in February 2005.
Richard Wollman's "Relativity in America, 1936" was selected by Susan Howe for the 2005 Gulf Coast Prize in poetry. His poem "Paper in Autumn" appeared in NER, Vol. 25, #4.
Jennifer Chang's poem "Conversation with Owl and Clouds" (NER Vol. 25, #1&2) was selected by George Garrett for inclusion in Best New Poets 2005, published in November 2005 by UVA press. She was also named 2005 Van Lier Fellow in Poetry by the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
Carla Panciera's first collection of poetry, One of the Cimalores, received the Cider Press Book Award and was published in September 2005 by Cider Press. Her story "All of a Sudden" appeared in NER Vol. 25, #3.Molly McNett's short story "Catalogue Sales" was chosen by Dave Eggers and his team to appear in Best American Nonrequired Reading, published in October 2005 by Houghton Mifflin. This story was included in NER Vol. 25, #4.
Debora Greger and William Logan were the recipients of the 15th annual John William Corrigan Award for Literary Excellence. Greger, who appeared most recently in NER Vol. 25, #4, and Logan, who was included in NER Vol. 26, #1, shared the $2000 prize. Named for the writer and Centenary College alumnus, the award recognizes a career of dedication to literary excellence.
Rosanna Warren, who published her work in NER Vol. 18, #2, has been elected to American Academy of Arts & Letters.Doug Trevor's story "Central Square"(NER Vol. 23, #3) is included in his short story collection, The Thin Tear in the Fabric of Space, which was awarded the Iowa Short Fiction Award.The Claremont Graduate University has announced the winners of the 2005 Tufts Poetry Awards. The winner of the$100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award is Michael Ryan for his collection, New and Selected Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). The winner of the $10,000 Kate Tufts Award is Patrick Phillips for his collection, Chatahoochee (Arkansas, 2004). Both Mr. Ryan and Mr. Phillips have had their work appear previously in NER.Geri Doran has been named the 2005-2006 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholar. Doran will spend a year abroad living and writing and will receive a stipend from the Trust set up by the poet, Amy Lowell. Geri Doran's work regularly appears in NER, most recently in Vol. 24, #4.The National Endowment for the Arts announced the 2005 recipients of the Literature Program's Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry. The following contributors to NER were among those awarded Creative Writing Fellowships: David Baker, Jane Hirshfield, Kimberly Johnson, Laura Kasischke, Eric Pankey, and Mark Wunderlich.Jane Hirshfield is also the recipient of the 2004 Academy Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets. She appears frequently in NER.Marilyn Hacker's "For Kateb Yacine" and Charles Simic's "Sunlight," which appeared in NER's vol. 25, #1&2 and vol. 24, #4, respectively, were selected for Best American Poetry 2005, guest edited by Paul Muldoon.Geoffrey Brock was announced as the winner of the fifth annual New Criterion Poetry Prize. He receivee $3,000 and his book Weighing Light was published by Ivan R. Dee in the fall of 2005. Brock last appeared in NER's vol. 24, #2 (2003), and his translations of Umberto Saba appeared in vol. 25, #1&2 (2004).Ted DuBois's translation of Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart's "Characteristics of the Musical Keys" was excerpted in the January issue of Harper's, appearing in the "Readings" section. This translation appeared in NER's vol. 25, #1&2 (2004). Sidney Wade's poem "Insurance," which appeared in NER's vol. 24, #4 (2003), has been selected for inclusion in The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, published by Autumn House Press in 2005.Trenton Lee Stewart's story "Moriah," which appeared in NER's vol. 24, #2 (2003), is cited among the "100 Other Distinguished Stories" in the 2004 Best American Short Stories."Names we sing in sleep & anger," a poem by Amaud Jamaul Johnson, was featured online on Poetry Daily on September 30, 2004. Dick Davis's essay, "On Not Translating Hafez," was Poetry Daily's prose feature on October 12. Both pieces appeared in NER's vol. 25, #1&2 (2004).Bret Anthony Johnston's story "The Widow," which appeared in NER's vol. 24, #2 (2003), has been selected for inclusion in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2004.Virgil Suárez's poem "La Florida," which appeared in NER's vol. 24, #1 (2003) was selected for Best American Poetry 2004, guest edited by Lyn Hejinian.Barry Sternlieb was recently awarded a 2004 Artist Grant in Poetry for $5,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His work last appeared in NER's vol. 24, #1 (2003). Geri Doran won the 2004 Walt Whitman Award for her first book-length book of poems, Resin, published by Louisiana State University Press in spring 2005. Doran's poetry last appeared in NER's vol. 24, #4 (2004). Brock Clarke's story "The Apology" was selected for the 2004 Pushcart Prize. "The Apology" appeared in NER's vol. 24, #3 (2003). Victoria Chang won the Crab Orchard Review's Award Series in Poetry for her first book-length collection, Circle, published by Southern Illinois University Press in April 2005, and she won the Taylor Fellowship to attend the Kenyon Review Writer's Workshop in summer 2004. Her poetry most recently appeared in NER's vol. 26, #4 (2005).