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Kenyon Review
Jan/Feb 2016

Volume XXXVIII | Number 1

Selections from our latest issue available now:
The winners of the 2015 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest
A poem by Solmaz Sharif
and excerpts from an essay by Kenneth McClane
and a story by Leslie Blanco.

KR Online

Works of fiction, poetry, essays, and more, exclusively online.


Catching Light

By Matt Hart

It’s out of my hands, or
             it’s all in my hands
                          Grace, Faith, Beauty
                          O hell
                                       I’m catching light,
city elm and fir, a loose tinfoil
gum wrapper   This is what there is
Not all there is   All there is is so much
more improbable than all the hell
I’ll ever catch   The devil
charming everywhere, and


The Law of Threes

By Ethan Chatagnier

Whit’s mind is on the LSAT study books hidden in the book bag at his feet when they roll out at 10:00 p.m. with the radio bacon-pan crackling. The messages coming through the speaker urge everyone to be careful, to…


On Joanna Ruocco’s Dan

By Daniel Green

In 1979, Robert Scholes published Fabulation and Metafiction, in retrospect perhaps the work of literary criticism most influential in shaping our perspective on “postmodern” or “experimental” fiction from the 1960s and ’70s.

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KR Podcast with Jaimy Gordon

In this month’s podcast, Jaimy Gordon, National Book Award-winning novelist of Lord of Misrule, talks with KR Fellow Melinda Moustakis about women writing animals in fiction, falling in love with dialogue, grooming racetrack horses, fishing, the ugliness of the human…

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February 2016

Featuring Why We Chose It by G.C. Waldrep, the winners of the 2016 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers, and much more!

January 2016

Introducing the 2016-18 KR Fellows, the Summer Writing Workshops, the Short Fiction Contest, and more!

December 2015

Holiday Reading Recommendations from the Kenyon Review!

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