Virginia Kane 

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Virginia Kane is a 19-year-old poet from Alexandria, Virginia. A graduate of the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop, she is currently a first-year at Kenyon College where she plans to double major in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies. A student associate at the Kenyon Review and a member of the Kenyon Magnetic Voices spoken word poetry group, Virginia’s work has been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Her literary influences include Ada Limón, Louise Glück, Mary Oliver, Sarah Kay, Hanif Abdurraqib, Olivia Gatwood, Safia Elhillo, and Rhiannon McGavin. Virginia’s forthcoming poetry collection, "If Organic Deodorant Was Made for Dancing" explores her experiences of girlhood, queerness, body image issues, disordered eating habits, faith, femme friendships, teenage love, and coming-of-age across urban and suburban settings. Beyond reading and writing, her passions include watercoloring, playing piano and guitar, hiking, environmental advocacy, literacy education, mangoes, and the color blue. 


Jenny Tie is an essayist from Kunming, China. A sophomore at Kenyon College, she is currently double-majoring in English and Art History. Her work as a Gund Gallery curatorial associate and a Kenyon Review associate keeps her always reading and learning about the best of contemporary art and writing. Jenny began writing her own work at Kenyon, encouraged by the literary community and creative opportunities. Her forthcoming essay collection, "A Shoebox of Sparrows"traces her relationship with her family, examining (and often critiquing) their shared experiences of separation, colorism, and child abuse. She draws inspiration from Lung Ying-Tai, Yu Hua, Qian Zhongshu, Margaret Atwood, Jun'ichirĊ Tanizaki, Yiyun Li, and Kazuo Ishiguro. She’s often found squatting on her chair with a mug of over-steeped tea and a book, her rice cooker chugging away at an implausible recipe behind her.