February is beginning well for The Cincinnati Review. Our new issue is out in the mail, the AWP conference is on the horizon, and it’s 57 degrees today. Who cares if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow? His prediction is fixed by the mysterious Inner Circle, after all, and trees are beginning to bud already.

Another reason February makes us happy: great news for the CR family!

Frequent contributor Edith Pearlman’s short-story collection Binocular Vision (Lookout Books, 2011) was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle awards! Pearlman was also a nominee for the National Book Award and won the Pen/Malamud prize for short fiction this year. Her work has appeared in our humble mag five times, most recently in our new issue. We posted a sneak preview of that story, “Life Lessons,” here, and you can see her comments on it here .  The NBCC awards will be announced on March 8.

Contributor Kathleen Winter (whose poems have appeared in Issues 4.1, 5.2, and 7.2) won the Elixir Press’s 2011 Antivenom Poetry Prize for her first full-length poetry collection, Nostalgia for the Criminal Past, which will be available soon. We’re honored that five of the poems from the book appeared first in CR, more than any other journal.

And one of our trusty volunteers, Luke Geddes, a fiction student in the Ph.D. program here at the University of Cincinnati, has had a short-story collection accepted by Chômu Press.  I Am a Magical Teenage Princess will be released later this year.  Luke’s stories have appeared in journals including Mid-American Review, Washington Square Review, Conjunctions, and Hayden’s Ferry Review.

Congratulations to Edith, Kathleen, and Luke!

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