In September 2021, Kenyon Review invited writers to contemplate the subject of work, leaving the invitation open wide to interpretation. The texts represented in this issue, culled from the 1,408 submissions they received, ask readers to interrogate definitions of work and the value we ascribe to different kinds of work. These poems and narratives also require that readers be attentive to labor often uncredited as work. In their way of bearing witness, in their generosity and urgency, the pieces in this issue consider the ways work engages both public and private selves, and the ways it holds us, if only temporarily, to particular circumstances, geography, and each other. Read more on the Kenyon Review website.