Harvard Review Contributors Receive Literary Honors
March 18, 2008 – Harvard Review contributors continue to win praise and honors for work that first appeared in the journal's pages. Contributors from editions past are receiving prizes and recognition on the literary scene, while writers from the recent Harvard Review 32 and 33 have been selected for two of the year's most prestigious anthologies.
For the sixth out of seven years running, a piece first published in Harvard Review has earned a spot in the highly selective Best American series, a showcase for the year's finest poetry, short stories, and essays since 1915. Featured in issue 32, Kathryn Starbuck's poem "The Shoe" has been chosen for the 2008 edition of The Best American Poetry by guest editor Charles Wright. Interestingly, Starbuck had forgotten that she had submitted the poem—she'd forgotten even writing it, having apparently sent in her only copy—and was initially surprised to learn of its acceptance by Harvard Review. If the journal had not published it, it might very well have been lost altogether.
Another important honor has been accorded two issue 33 contributors who were named as finalists for the Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart has, since 1976, sought to recognize the year's best short stories, poems, and essays published by the small presses. Nina de Gramont was chosen for her essay "Water Children" about motherhood and abortion and Jessica Greenbaum for her poem "The First, Youngest Men."
Current contributors are being recognized in other venues as well. The website Poetry Daily featured three writers from issue 33 during the month of January. George Kalogeris was highlighted for his poem "Saturday Night in the Village" and Greenbaum again for "The First, Youngest Men." The website also featured as its prose selection of the week Eric LeMay's essay, "Star-Crossed Something-or-Others," which explores teaching Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to modern college students.
Old friends of Harvard Review have also made headlines lately. Anthony Varallo, whose stories "Toro" and "Yearbook" appeared in issues 30 and 27, respectively, won the Drue Heinz Literature Prize last month for his second collection, Out Loud. The University of Pittsburgh Press, which awards the prize, will publish Varallo's book in fall 2008. And Charles Yu, whose very first published story, "Problems for Self Study," appeared in Harvard Review 23, has been selected by the National Book Foundation as one of "5 Under 35," a celebration of work by writers thought to be "among the best of a new generation."
The latest issue of Harvard Review was released in fall 2007. Highlights from issue 33 include pieces composed by two faculty members of Harvard's Expository Writing program, the essay by LeMay and a short story by Paul Harding. It also offers fiction by Dan Pope, Anna Solomon, and 24-year-old Jason Lewis, whose "Rodolfo and Nélida" is his first published story. Essay highlights include as well de Gramont's essay and Richard Goodman's "The Man in White," a behind-the-scenes look at learning to cook in the kitchen of a demanding French chef. Poems by Ilya Kaminsky, Major Jackson, Denise Duhamel, and Sydney Lea, as well as eleven images by artist Christopher Wool help round out the issue.
Finally, in other Harvard Review news, current contributor Major Jackson has joined the journal as poetry editor, taking over from Don Share, who left Harvard for a position as senior editor at Poetry magazine. Jackson is the author of two collections of poetry and winner of the 2000 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. A recent finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the Whiting Writers' Award, he was a 2007 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and currently teaches at the University of Vermont and the Bennington Writing Seminars. Harvard Review also has a new fiction editor, beginning with issue 34: Nam Le, who was born in Vietnam and raised in Australia, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and author of The Boat, a collection of short stories published by Knopf. Also a recent contributor to Harvard Review, Le's work appears in the 2007 Pushcart Prize anthology, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2007.
Harvard Review is published twice yearly, in spring and fall, and subscription information can be found at http://hcl.harvard.edu/harvardreview. The journal can also be purchased for $10 from the Harvard Coop, the Harvard Book Store, or directly from the Harvard Review office in Lamont Library. (For a list of additional bookstores that carry the journal, contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-495-9775.) The staff includes Christina Thompson, editor; Lisa Nold, managing editor; Major Jackson, poetry editor; Nam Le, fiction editor; and Judith Larsen, visual arts editor.