Stephanie Danler is Here and You Better Come Listen!


Best-selling author Stephanie Danler ’06 will be at Kenyon this afternoon for a reading of her novel Sweetbitter. Show up to Cheever Room in Finn House this afternoon (September 15th!) at 4:10 pm. It’s gonna be sweet and bitter but mostly sweet.

Danler majored in English at Kenyon and earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from the New School. She currently is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Do it tonight: Luci Tapahonso

Luci Tapahonso, the first and current Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation.

Luci Tapahonso, the first and current Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation.

To open Kenyon’s first Native American Heritage Month, the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation, Luci Tapahonso, will read her poetry tonight. Luci Tapahonso, an acclaimed Diné poet, has written five books of poetry and stories and one children’s book. This event is sponsored by INK (Indigenous Nations at Kenyon), the Hubbard Chair in Poetry, the History Department, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Kenyon Review. Continue reading

Do It Tonight: An Evening with Ann Patchett


The keynote speaker for The Kenyon Review Literary Festival, novelist Ann Patchett, author of six novels including Bel Canto, The Magician’s Assistant, and State of Wonder, speaks tonight for The Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture. After a weekend of books and celebration, come along for the final event of the festival. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

  • What : An Evening with Ann Patchett
  • Where : Rosse Hall
  • When : 8:00 PM


Our Literary Journal Is Better Than Yours. The Government Said So.

The United States of America thinks The Kenyon Review is a big deal. The National Endowment for the Arts (Wikipedia link included for any American Studies majors out there desperately trying to commit every subsidiary of the U.S. federal government to memory in time for comps) awarded our beloved literary journal a $10,000 Art Works grant intended to help “support print and online publishing and marketing.”

The NEA handed out just 863 Art Works grants this year, out of an applicant pool of about 1,700; chairman Rocco Landesman described the winning projects as “[demonstrating] the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.” Editor David Lynn told Kenyon Today that The Kenyon Review plans to use this new windfall to up its publication schedule to four issues per year in 2011-2012. The Kenyon Review has also recently noted an increase in traffic to its website, as well as an uptick in ebook sales (in other words: watch your back, print media).

There you have it — official, United States government-certified evidence that The Kenyon Review kicks ass. Congratulations, KR editors and associates! Between Michelle Obama’s acknowledgement of our existence and this new grant, you’re really continuing to put us on the map … as a haven for artsy English nerds who just want to sit in a circle with our eyes closed and read poetry out loud.

[via Kenyon Today]