Kirsten Reach

Scenes from Quarantine

We’re grateful to the Kenyon Review bloggers for sharing firsthand accounts of the Covid-19 crisis. Rosebud Ben-Oni has compiled over 300 poetry titles that are coming out this spring (and a few from late 2019), and, working from Queens, has begun a new series called Poets on Poets. Read parts one , two, and three. Xiaocao Sally Liu joins us from Beijing, where coronavirus arrived…

Why We Chose It

“The Forgetting Diary,” by Shoshana Akabas, appears in the Jan/Feb issue of the Kenyon Review. Shoshana Akabas structures her piercing story “The Forgetting Diary” around a note for the doctor, which her protagonist must keep after she is diagnosed with Lyme disease. The story takes the form of a list, in which each of the thirty-three sections begins with the words “I forget.” We’ve seen…

Why We Chose It

“Chickens, 2019,” by Claire Boyles, appears in the Mar/Apr 2018 issue of the Kenyon Review. What will survive the human race? Do you believe there’s one creature, or one species of plant, that is here to stay? In Claire Boyles’s new story, the answer is simple: hens. Roosters are dumb and self-centered, but a hen know when to hide from the rain, how to dodge…

Why We Chose It

“He Comes to Feed the Horses,” by Mary Terrier, appears in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of the Kenyon Review. Like every magazine that publishes short stories, we get a few dozen stories about unhappy marriages or spouses handling end-of-life care in every submission period. Literature: n. see also domestic drama. As an editor, you’re looking for an author with style, and a caretaker who makes you care…

Happy 100th Birthday, Peter Taylor

It is customary on a writer’s birthday, especially on a date so significant as his 100th, to grant his life and work a few moments of your attention. Today we must pick up Peter Taylor’s stories. Whether you know him well or are about to enter the fictional town of Chatham, Tennessee for the first time, you’re in for a treat. In the New York…