We’re all on a quest to understand more about life—and so we write. We write about unrequited love, the Civil War, superorganisms, penalty kicks, global warming, bluebird feathers, Arab literature, anime, nuclear waste, neurotransmitters, game theory, Black Arts, modern democracies, LGBTQ+ cinema and more. We write not only to share our views, we write to be part of the solution.

“Beethoven’s Diving Board”

The piano is in the center of the house, and sitting down to play feels like jumping off a diving board: jittery and exposed, but the enclosing oblivion of the deep-end waiting just one leap away. All I want to do is dive into the irrelevance of a long dead German and the expansive songs he heard in his head. Nothing, these days, is more attractive to me than the anachronism of Beethoven, his complete ignorance of pandemic or apocalypse.

Fiona Ellsworth ’20 English Washington, D.C.

The Best in Contemporary Writing

The Kenyon Review is one of America’s most revered literary magazines, publishing breakthrough work by prize-winning authors and daring new voices.

The Gatekeepers

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Kenyon Review associates pore over literary submissions for promising works.

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Find your outlet.

Students contribute their ideas and perspectives to more than a dozen publications, from literary and political journals to blogs.

  • HIKA

    Kenyon's oldest undergraduate literary publication HIKA allows students to share their voices while growing invaluable editing and publishing skills. 

  • Lyceum

    Dreamed up by a group of naturally curious students, Lyceum is a creative science community that encourages us to share, explore and discuss our fascinations about the natural world.

  • Collegian Magazine

    The award-winning Collegian Magazine publishes long-form articles about Kenyon politics, culture and history, as well as photo essays, interviews and memoir pieces.

  • A Medio Camino

    Written and produced solely by Kenyon students, A Medio Camino empowers Spanish-speaking voices on our campus, shining a light on issues that affect the Latinx community.

“Lost at Sea”

I never thought I’d miss the lights of human civilization. Back when I was young, everything was so bright you couldn’t even see the stars. Petty little humans trying to outdo a force far greater than themselves, typical. But who am I to judge? I’m just as human as anyone else.

Alexia Tiches '22 English

“Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it is raining, but the feeling of being rained upon.”   

E.L. Doctorow ’52 H’76

 

In a recent survey, 100 percent of young alumni credited the writing skills they acquired at Kenyon as the most invaluable to their career growth.