The Kenyon Review Fellowships

NOTE: Because we are in the midst of a search for the new Kenyon Review Editor, we are postponing this year’s Fellowships search and have extended our current Fellows’ positions through June 2021. Please check back in the fall of 2020 for updated information.

Current Kenyon Review Fellows

Misha Rai (Prose, 2018-2021) is a Shirley Jackson Award nominee, whose novel-in-progress has received support from the Whiting Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Dana Award in the Novel Category. She is the first-ever and only fiction writer to be awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for creative work. She has been an Edward H. and Mary C. Kingsbury Fellow and has been the recipient of the George M. Harper Award. Her essay, “To Learn About Smoke One Must First Light a Fire,” has been listed as a Notable Essay in the 2019 Best American Essays anthology. Her prose has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. She was born in Sonipat, Haryana and brought up in India.

Photo of Molly McCully BrownMolly McCully Brown (Poetry, 2019-2021) is the author of the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and was named a New York Times Critics’ Top Book of 2017, and the essay collection Places I’ve Taken my Body (Persea Books, 2020). With Susannah Nevison, she is also the coauthor of the poetry collection In The Field Between Us (forthcoming from Persea Books, 2020). Brown has been the recipient of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, a United States Artists Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship and the Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship from the Oxford American magazine. Her work has appeared in Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, New York Times, and elsewhere.

About the KR Fellowships

In 2012, The Kenyon Review welcomed the first of its KR Fellows. This initiative was inspired by the great tradition of Kenyon Review literary fellowships awarded in the 1950s to writers such as Flannery O’Connor and W.S. Merwin in their formative years. These fellowships represent a significant fulfillment of one aspect of our continuing mission: to recognize, publish, and support extraordinary authors in the early stages of their careers. We believe that after two years, these KR Fellows will be more mature and sophisticated writers, teachers, and editors. As a result, they will be extremely attractive candidates for academic positions as well as for significant publishing opportunities.

General Information

This post-graduate residential fellowship at Kenyon College offers qualified individuals time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. The fellowship provides an annual stipend, plus health benefits. Fellows are expected to:

  • Undertake a significant writing project and attend regular individual meetings with faculty mentors.
  • Teach one class per semester in the English Department of Kenyon College, contingent upon departmental needs.
  • Assist with creative and editorial projects for The Kenyon Review and KROnline.
  • Participate in the cultural life of Kenyon College by regularly attending readings, lectures, presentations, and other campus activities.

Because we are in the midst of a search for the new Kenyon Review Editor, we are postponing this year’s Fellowships search and have extended our current Fellows’ positions through June 2021. Please check back in the fall of 2020 for updated information.

Contact Information

For questions or more information contact:

Tory Weber
Associate Director of Programs and Fellowships
The Kenyon Review
Finn House
Gambier, OH 43022
740-427-5391
fellowships@kenyonreview.org