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New England Review’s New Issue Features 13 New Poets, Essays

January 9, 2019

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – For the last four years, the poetry selection in the winter issue of New England Review (NER) has been dedicated to writers who have not previously appeared in the magazine. The 13 featured in the new winter edition include poets of distinguished accomplishment—such as Susan Mitchell, David Biespiel, and Diane Glancy—along with young poets just starting out. 

The new edition also offers fiction by recent Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference waiter/scholar Noah Bogdonoff alongside work by Bread Loaf faculty member Michael Byers, as well as writers from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere.

In nonfiction, Stephen Benz looks back on 100 years at Guantánamo, from Stephen Crane to the War on Terror, and Katherine E. Standefer explores the powers of physical attraction and the science behind Jennifer Stock views her mother’s parrot through the lens of imperialism, and Paisley Rekdal takes a close look at the erotic implications of war poetry through the ages. Travel essays take readers from Lisbon to Corfu, and translations include C.V. Starr Professor Emeritus Michael R. Katz’s new rendition of an early story by Nikolai Gogol, and Marilyn Hacker’s translations of French Resistance poet Jean-Paul de Dadelsen. 

This issue rounds out NER’s 40th anniversary year—2018—during which the magazine released 13 essays in its online “From the Vault” series, along with selected works from the archive, introduced by past editors and staff. Contributors include Sydney Lea, Jay Parini, Devon Jersild, T. R. Hummer, David Huddle, Jim Schley, Toni Best, and Lexa de Courval. This year NER also held readings in Cambridge, Seattle, and Orlando, and debuted its student-run podcast, NER Out Loud, which is now available on Apple iTunes. 

Samples of the new issue and more information about the magazine and events can be found on the NER website (, and subscriptions are available online at

Published by Middlebury College, New England Review is a nationally recognized literary journal that cultivates artistic excellence and innovation in contemporary writing and engages readers deeply in the literary arts through its quarterly publication, dynamic web presence, and public reading series.