Recipients of Charles Hayden Foundation Grants
102 W. Wiggin St.
Gambier, OH 43022
The Kenyon Review's mission is three-fold: to identify, nurture, publish and celebrate exceptional writing by new voices as well as distinguished contemporary authors; to foster a far-reaching literary community through print and electronic publications, online initiatives, and workshops; and to teach creative writing and thoughtful reading to audiences of all ages.
The Kenyon Review (KR) was founded at Kenyon College in 1939 by poet-critic John Crowe Ransom. During his 21-year tenure, Ransom published such important writers as Robert Penn Warren and Flannery O'Connor. It was the English-speaking world's most influential literary magazine during the 1940s and '50s. In 1994, the creation of a national Board of Trustees guaranteed KR's financial health. In 1995, KR introduced its popular writing workshops, including Young Writers, the subject of this request. In 2003, KR achieved its independence, receiving its final subsidy from Kenyon College.
Today, KR is a quarterly print journal featuring contemporary fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, literary criticism, and drama. It continues to enjoy its reputation as one of America's leading literary journals, winning O. Henry prizes, Pushcart prizes, and more.
In the past decade, KR has greatly expanded its services beyond the print journal. The Young Writers program, in particular, is recognized internationally for its excellence. This two-week summer workshop is for intellectually curious, motivated high-school students who value writing. The YW program unites high school students from diverse backgrounds and experiences, fostering an atmosphere of sharing and learning through stories and poems, and enabling each to reflect on their experiences and learn about themselves and each other through the process. Students meet others who are outside their realm of experience and in doing so they learn something about the world and their place in it.