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Kevin McGrath

The Roundtable at Porter Square Books

Join us Monday, November 4th at 7pm for a reading with Linda Bamber, Kevin McGrath and Jonathan Weinert at Porter Square Books. More information at
Boston Book Festival

Boston Book Festival

Another great Boston Book Festival! Every year I wonder if this will be the time we get torrential rain, but no, we escaped again. The weather was beautiful, the crowd was terrific. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our tent on Copley Plaza. Hope to see you again next year!

Essay Daily

Christina Thompson on Essay Daily

Want to know more about how we select work for publication? Take a look at our editor Christina Thompson's post on Essay Daily. The blog, run by Ander Monson, is "a space for ongoing conversation about essays & essayists of note, contemporary and not-so-much." Monson's found art essay "Bind in Everything" appears in the current issue of Harvard Review.

Harvard Book Store Warehouse Weekend

The Harvard Book Store Warehouse Sale begins this weekend at 14 Park Street, Somerville. We'll be there, along with more than 30 of New England's small presses and journals, from 10 to 4 Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15. Stop by if you're in the area and say hello!

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PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant Winners

Harvard Review would like to congratulate several of our authors who were winners of this year's PEN/Heim Translation Fund grants.

Chloe Garcia Roberts won an award for her translation of Escalating Derangements of My Contemporaries, a collection of poems by Classical Chinese poet Li Shangyin. You can read an excerpt from the book as part of our Omniglots feature.

Other winners include Daniel Borzutzky, whose poetry will appear in Harvard Review 44, and Edward Gauvin, whose translation of Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud appeared in Harvard Review 38. Congratulations to all!

Harvard Review 41

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.

The Drum

“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.

Sharon Olds

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)

South Polar Times

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.

Harvard Review Issue 43


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!