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Hark! Listen to poetry, prose from the Review

By Phoebe Roe

The Kenyon Review continues to grow — this time into the greater realm of social media. The Review’s newest feature is a series of podcasts by KR authors.
When Professor of English David Lynn, editor of the Review, first came to Kenyon in 1994, the magazine was facing serious financial problems. “All I was trying to do in the early years was help it survive,” Lynn said.

Since 1994, the Review has enjoyed considerable success, winning more O. Henry Prizes than any other nonprofit literary journal, and Lynn hopes the podcasts will only add to the Review’s growth.

“My goal is to have the Kenyon Review read or listened to by as many people [as possible] around the world,” said Lynn.
uthors will be recording their pieces on their own, but besides paying for labor, the podcasts won’t cost the Review much money.
“They don’t have to find a professional studio, they can just sit there with their work and record it,” Lynn said.

Much of the labor at the Review is done by KR associates — Kenyon students selected to help in the process of collecting and choosing pieces to be featured in the Review.
Katie Guyot ’17, an associate, is excited about the addition of podcasts. “Hearing someone’s voice is kind of a special oral tradition, so it’s an interesting mix — the tradition coupled with this digital age,” Guyot said.
Some podcasts are already available on iTunes or on the Kenyon Review’s website; more will be released monthly.


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