HR Covers Selected for Design Annual
We are very excited to announce that the covers of Harvard Review #41 and #42 have been selected for Print magazine's 2013 Regional Design Annual! Congratulations to Alex Camlin for his amazing design work. You can read an interview with Alex here.
“Creation Stories” Read Aloud
Hear Canadian author Judith McCormack’s witty story of love between two young lawyers read aloud by Katrina Grigg-Saito for The Drum. “Creation Stories,” from HR 43, has also been picked for Best Canadian Short Stories 2013. This is McCormack’s second story for Harvard Review; her first — “A Theory of Probability” — appeared in HR 26.
Congratulations, Sharon Olds!
Harvard Review contributor Sharon Olds has been awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. You can read two of her wonderful poems, “Where She Is Now” and “Stanley Kunitz Ode,” in the current issue (HR43). Mazel tov, Sharon!
(photo by Brett Hall Jones)
HR in the TLS
We were pleased to find that someone at the TLS is reading Harvard Review. This week’s edition of the Times Literary Supplement features, under the heading “Worst is Best” (echoing the title of Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s Antarctic classic, The Worst Journey in the World), a mention of Anne Fadiman’s wonderful essay on the South Polar Times from the current issue, HR43.
The South Polar Times was the hand-illustrated magazine produced each year in an edition of one by Robert Falcon Scott and his companions as a form of entertainment during the long dark as they overwintered on the Antarctic ice. Resembling more than anything else a kind of prep school magazine — complete with caricatures, acrostics, and doggerel, along with serious verse and disquisitions on scientific themes — the SPT embodied both the boyishness and the stoicism of men who embarked on these expeditions. The very last issue, composed during the winter of 1912, was written in the wake of the final tragedy — in defiance almost of the fact that Scott and his party had not returned.
This amazing cultural artifact has recently been reprinted by The Folio Society in the first complete facsimile edition and is available for $945 — but only if you hurry. According to Society’s website, there are just 6 copies left. You can read the essay by Anne Fadiman for a fraction of that cost by ordering a copy of Harvard Review or subscribing here.
HR 43 IS NOW OUT
And two pieces from the issue have already been picked up by other publications. Jaquelyn Pope’s poem “Housebound” will appear on Poetry Daily on Monday, March 25, and Canadian author Judith McCormack’s story “Creation Stories” will appear in the 2014 edition of Best Canadian Short Stories. Stay tuned for an audio edition of “Creation Stories” from The Drum. Congratulations to both our authors!
Boston Book Festival 2012
Harvard Review invites you to visit us at the Boston Book Festival, Saturday, October 27. Laura and I will be at a booth in the exhibitors’ fair on Copley Plaza, and I’ll be moderating a panel on the short story with Edith Pearlman, Junot Diaz, and Jennifer Haigh, at 11:00 at Trinity Chapel. Hope to see you there!
Salgado Maranhão’s Blood of the Sun: A Bilingual Reading
Join us on Monday, October 1st, at the Woodberry Poetry Room for this exciting bilingual reading by Salgado Maranhão and Alexis Levitin!
Salgado Maranhão’s Blood of the Sun: A Bilingual Reading
Date: October 1, 2012
Location: Woodberry Poetry Room. Lamont Library, Room 330
Salgado Maranhão, one of Brazil’s leading contemporary poets and winner of the 2011 Premio de Poesia da Academia Brasileira de Letras, and his translator Alexis Levitin, whose thirty-two books of translations include Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm and Eugénio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words, will read from the bilingual edition of Blood of the Sun, recently out from Milkweed Editions.
Poetry Daily Pick
Mark Jarman’s fine poem, “Bad Girl Singing,” from HR 42 will appear on Poetry Daily on Monday, September 24, 2012. Look for two more poems by Mark — “Milagro” and “The Children’s Zoo” — in the current issue of Harvard Review.
The Kind of News It’s Always Nice to Hear
We had a nice email the other day from Allison Seay, whose poetry collection, To See the Queen, has been awarded the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry for a first book of poems by an American woman.
Ten issues ago we published a poem of Allison’s called “Late Apology.” It turns out this was one of her first publications. She writes, “Harvard Review was one of the very first journals to accept my work and so I am deeply indebted to you all and very grateful for your support.”
We love to get this kind of feedback. Thanks, Allison, for letting us know and congratulations on the book!
We’re always happy to hear from our former contributors, so don’t hesitate to send us news of your prizes, fellowships, and publications.
Theatre and Film
In this edition of “From the Archives” we present the work of two women who are best known for their work in the worlds of theatre and film. Theresa Rebeck, whose current play on Broadway, Seminar, stars Alan Rickman as a famous writer who gives private lessons to aspiring young novelists, is herself a wonderfully witty writer. The author of innumerable film and television screenplays, as well as a novel, Rebeck is a two-time contributor to Harvard Review. In this issue we present her droll little monologue, “Art Appreciation” (or, as I always think of it, “Having Your Own Vermeer”), which appeared originally in HR 23.
The second of our archival treasures this time round is a short story by the writer and filmmaker Miranda July. July, whose most recent film, The Future, is described by the New York Times as an “ingeniously constructed wonder cabinet of a movie,” is also the author of a short story collection titled No One Belongs Here More Than You. Her story “It Was Romance,” which appears in this collection, was originally published in HR 25.
It Was Romance