The Kenyon College English Department is dedicated to the teaching and study of literatures in English through attentive close reading, critical thinking, effective speaking, and skillful writing. Its faculty includes renowned teachers, award-winning poets and fiction writers, and a winner of the MacArthur Foundation's "genius award." As the home of the internationally renowned Kenyon Review, as well as many student-run literary publications, Kenyon offers a rich literary as well as intellectual life.
From our very own ranks...
Possibility: Essays Against Despair,
by Patricia Vigderman
Possibility: Essays Against Despair attempts to translate some of life's disordered events into the orderly happiness of art. The book includes encounters with manatees, children, and snakes; with Henry Adams, Marcel Proust, and W.G. Sebald; with Texas landscape, Vertigo, and Vermeer. Vigderman has a stylist's passion for revelatory detail, and for the pleasure of immerision in a world. Smart, generous, and probing, her discoveries play with direct experience, exploring the interaction of life and art as 'magic you can walk in and out of."
Poetry, by Thomas Hawks
Professor Hawks teaches poetry writing workshops as well as classes on Modern and Postmodern literature and theory. But he's been on a writing kick lately too. Poems of his app ear most recently in the Spring 2013 issue of Sou'wester , the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Poet Lore , and the Fall 2012 issue of the minnesota review .
Produced by The Ziegfeld Society and inspired by the work of Visiting Thomas Chair Katharine Weber, David Caudle's musical Here Today showcases April 27th in New York City. Based on Weber's most recent book, The Memory of All That, this new musical tells the story of the love affair between Kay Swift and George Gershwin.
"The Nature of Sin & Other Poems"
Recent Winner of the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize and the Academy of American Poetry Prize, Jaqueline Lucile Tiven '13 hasn't even graduated yet and is already making an impact. A poem of hers was recently published in 3AM. You can read "The Nature of Sin & Other Poems" on 3AM's website.