Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Kenyon Rolls Out Festival of “Literary Goodness”

The clock is ticking down on the first annual Kenyon Review Literary Festival to be held in Gambier, Ohio November 9th and 10th.

“Plans are rolling along nicely,” says a recent e-mail update from Kenyon, “and the event promises to be filled with literary goodness.”

The Festival will coincide with the presentation of the sixth annual Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. The 2007 winner is Margaret Atwood who will -- for some unexplained reason -- receive the award in New York City, then travel to Ohio to offer up the keynote for the Festival.
The festival is designed to bring literature home with seminars, readings, and more, available to Ohio residents and visitors across the country. The festival will also host the Midwest Literary Magazine & Small Press Fair in conjunction with the Council of Literary Magazines & Presses (CLMP), attracting editors throughout the region to meet writers and readers. In addition to panels and readings, the Fair offers dozens of literary magazines for sale at discount prices, and will include a community used book sale.
The Kenyon Review is one of the most respected literary magazines in the United States. Their mission is to “identify exceptionally talented emerging writers, especially from diverse communities, and publish their work (fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, reviews, etc.) alongside the many distinguished, established writers featured in its pages.”

Information on the current issue of The Kenyon Review is here. The KR blog is here. The Festival Web site is here.


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