Kenyon College has a long history of nurturing talented poets and fiction writers, and many students attend Kenyon for its creative writing courses. Each year, ten members of the English Department faculty teach a variety of workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, and many students choose to complete the English major with an Emphasis in Creative Writing.
In addition, many special opportunities are available to students interested in creative writing at Kenyon, including numerous readings by writers of national reputation, internships with The Kenyon Review Student Associates Program, and opportunities to publish creative work in a wide assortment of student literary journals. Students interested in pursuing creative writing courses during the summer may also apply to The Kenyon Review Writer's Workshop for an intensive eight-day program in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The Kenyon Review also offers a summer workshop for high-school students (Ages 16-18) interested in developing their creative and critical abilities during the years before applying to college.
The renewal of the Kenyon Review Fellows Program honors a long-standing tradition at The Review of supporting gifted young writers emerging onto the literary scene. In previous iterations of the program, renowned literati such as Flannery O'Connor and W.S. Merwin were Fellows of The Review. The newly re-vamped program offers a unique opportunity for students, faculty, and the visiting writers themselves. Fellows reside in Gambier for two years while working on significant writing projects, teaching creative writing courses in the English Department, and receiving editorial as well as teaching experience.
Jamaal May is a poet and editor from Detroit, Michigan where he has taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first full-length collection, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), received the Beatrice Hawley Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other honors include the 2013 Indiana ReviewPoetry Prize and a 2011-2013 Stadler Fellowship. Jamaal’s poems appear in such publications as The New Republic, The Believer, Poetry,Ploughshares, Poetry Daily and Best American Poetry. He co-edits the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series with Tarfia Faizullah.
Melinda Moustakis was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in California. She received her MA from UC Davis and her PhD from Western Michigan University. Her book, Bear Down Bear North: Alaska Stories, won the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Maurice prize and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. Her work has appeared inAlaska Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and received a 2014 NEA Literature Fellowship in Fiction. Her story, “They Find the Drowned,” won a 2013 PEN/O.Henry Prize.
The Richard L. Thomas Chair in Creative Writing brings internationally-recognized poets and fiction writers to Kenyon to teach creative writing workshops and literature courses.