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Latest issue of New England Review features fiction, poetry and prose

November 11, 2009

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? New England Review (NER), a national literary quarterly published by Middlebury College, has released its latest issue (Vol. 30, No. 3). The issue is available in the Middlebury College Book Store and through the journal's Web site at

The issue features an in-depth piece honoring the work of editor and critic Ted Solotaroff, offering an excerpt from his unpublished literary memoir as well as testimonials from 19 authors, including Philip Roth, Russell Banks, Ehud Havazelet, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Robert Cohen, Bobbie Ann Mason, Max Apple, Allegra Goodman, Jill Schoolman, and Robert Stone.

Also featured are two new stories from Flannery O'Connor Award-winning author Lori Ostlund, including "Taking Fowl with My Father," plus the first published story by Aja Gabel. Peter LaSalle, Gregory Blake Smith and Louise Jarvis Flynn round out this issue's fiction contributors.

New poems by Carl Phillips, Joanne Dominque Dwyer, Richard Chess and Corey Marks appear alongside those of poets appearing in our pages for the first time: Kimberly Johnson, Camasin Middour, Mike Puican, Peter Hyland and Steven Schroeder.

Michael R. Katz translates Russian author Ivan Shcheglov's whimsical account of "The Dacha Husband." Joelle Biele takes a close look at Elizabeth Bishop's prose and its connection to her poetry, and Frank Kermode reflects on E. M. Forster and the art and science of the novel.

Also in nonfiction is a personal ramble through Paris new and old, by Francis-Noël Thomas, and other work that is sure to surprise, delight, and challenge our readers.

In other news from NER, Rebecca Makkai's story "The Briefcase," published in Vol. 29, No. 2, was recently selected for "Best American Short Stories 2009" and "Best American Nonrequired Reading 2009." Alexandra Teague's poem "Heartlines," from Vol. 29, No. 2, was selected for "Best American Poetry 2009," and Joel Brouwer's poem "For What the Hell They Needed It For," from Vol. 29, No. 1, was selected for the "Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses."

NER was founded in 1978 and has been a publication of Middlebury College since 1987. The selection of writings in each issue presents and broad spectrum of viewpoints and genres, including a balance of traditional and experimental fiction, translations in poetry and prose, criticisms, letters from abroad, reviews in arts and literature, and rediscoveries.

NER is edited by Fulton Professor of Humanities Stephen Donadio. The poetry editor is C. Dale Young, and the managing editor is Carolyn Kuebler, a 1990 graduate of Middlebury College. Current interns are Middlebury College seniors Angela Evancie and H. Kay Merriman.

For more information, contact Carolyn Kuebler in the NER offices at 802-443-5075 or