Winter 2021

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Volume 109, No. 4
Winter 2021
The Yale Review

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Our second collaborative issue with the Windham Campbell prizes features new poems, stories, and essays by this year's eight prizewinners, as well as conversations on poetry in an age of anxiety, how the pandemic changed theater, the craft of translation, and much more.

Table of Contents

Nonfiction

Phillip James Brannon performing a scene from Nat Turner in Jerusalem
Drama

Revising Nat Turner

The afterlives of first drafts
Nathan Alan Davis
December 1, 2021
Essays

Discovering Hélène Bessette

The innovative fiction of a forgotten French writer
Kate Briggs
December 1, 2021
An excerpt from Vivian Gornick’s Fierce Attachments on the cover of Village Voice.
Essays

The Power of Testimony

Why personal narrative has displaced fiction
Vivian Gornick
December 1, 2021
Windham Campbell Prizes

A note from the director of the Windham Campbell prizes

Michael Kelleher
December 1, 2021
The cast of A Strange Loop singing and dancing.
Essays

Becoming a Playwright

The sources of my storytelling
Michael R. Jackson
November 10, 2021

Fiction

Fiction

Lili Is Crying

Kate Briggs,
Hélène Bessette
December 1, 2021
Fiction

People in the Grasses

Renee Gladman
December 1, 2021
Fiction

small life

Dionne Brand
December 1, 2021
Fiction

The Boy, the Girls, the Dog, and I Was There

Canisia Lubrin
December 1, 2021

Poetry

Poetry

1,723 Miles Away from Home

Natalie Scenters-Zapico
December 1, 2021
Poetry

The Aeryon R80D Skyraider

Natalie Scenters-Zapico
December 1, 2021
Poetry

This That We Have

Canisia Lubrin
December 1, 2021

Interviews

Conversations

Longer Than the Longest Rope

A conversation mediated by art
Canisia Lubrin,
Dionne Brand
December 1, 2021
Conversations

How the Pandemic Changed Theater

Michael R. Jackson,
Lileana Blain-Cruz
December 1, 2021
Conversations

Is Poetry the Genre of Anxiety?

Natalie Scenters-Zapico,
Dana Levin
December 1, 2021
Conversations

Nathan Alan Davis and Abe Koogler on Finding One’s Voice

Nathan Alan Davis,
Abe Koogler
December 1, 2021
Conversations

Renee Gladman and Kate Briggs Talk Translation and Form

Kate Briggs,
Renee Gladman
December 1, 2021
Interviews

Vivian Gornick

The acclaimed essayist looks back on her career
Meghan O’Rourke
December 1, 2021

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Interviews

Vivian Gornick

The acclaimed essayist looks back on her career
Meghan O’Rourke

Essays

The Power of Testimony

Why personal narrative has displaced fiction
Vivian Gornick

Essays

Becoming a Playwright

The sources of my storytelling
Michael R. Jackson