Author Archives: R.T. Smith

About R.T. Smith

Writer-in-Residence R.T. Smith reads from his work at Hillel House.R. T. Smith has edited Shenandoah since 1995. His newest books are Sherburne: Stories (2012) and two collections of poems: The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor (2013) and  In the Night Orchard: New & Selected Poems (2014).

 

O Western Wind . . .

Resurrecting “Dirty Little Billy” 1. Spoiler Alert 2. No animals were harmed or confused in the production of this commentary. 3. Author’s cousin will be mentioned in passing. 4. Geezer Subject Matter Warning: Western Films, naked knives, Gary Busey. Some … Continue reading

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Craig A. Warren and The Rebel Yell(s)

Rebel Yell Is Not Just a Bourbon When the inexhaustible Stars and Bars debate rekindled due to removal of some replica battle flags at Washington and Lee, I watched out my office window as the unreconstructed partisans paraded their Confederate … Continue reading

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An Addiction to Sound by William Wright

I recently wrote a blog entry for Brian Brodeur’s valuable “How a Poem Happens,” (http://howapoemhappens.blogspot.com) a collection of many blog posts from myriad poets—many very well known—that ask the same series of questions. My entry centered on “Barn Gothic,” published … Continue reading

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SHENANDOAH Moving Again

Location, Location, Location Another chapter in the history of Shenandoah has come to an end.  During the week of December 15 we will be moving our offices again, this time from our historic brick tower across from the Stonewall Jackson … Continue reading

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SHENANDOAH Considering Fiction, Non-fiction Submissions

As of Monday, September 22, Shenandoah will be considering submissions of fiction and non-fiction for the spring, 2015 issue.  Manuscripts should be submitted through our submissions management program, which can be accessed by selecting SUBMISSIONS tab on the top tool … Continue reading

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Where’s Archie?

When A. R. Ammons died in 2001 he was widely considered (by Bloom, Vendler, Lieberman and other heavy-hitting critics) one of the half dozen most significant and original poets writing in English. By turns unflappable, faux naïve, authoritarian, wry, oracular, … Continue reading

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Farewell, Our Lovely

Diann Blakely (1957-2014) was for twenty years a steady and valuable supporter of and contributor to Shenandoah. When she passed in August, her loss was no less shocking for the fact that she had been ill for some time. Although … Continue reading

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Shall We Gather at the River?: The Chatter around Charles Wright and His New Laurels

Part the First: My wife has been keeping me up to speed on the Farcebook chatter concerning the appointment of Charles Wright to become our new poet laureate starting in the September now rushing our way on heat waves, and … Continue reading

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2014 Library of Virginia Literary Finalists

* Nonfiction: Barbara Perry, Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch Elizabeth Varon, Appomattox: Victory, Defeat and Freedom at the End of the Civil War Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and the War in Virginia, 1772-1832 … Continue reading

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Maxine Kumin, Poet

. . . the poet wrote: life will do anything for a living. – “Discrete Activities” from And Short the Season When I read back in the winter that Maxine Kumin had died, time-sensitive tasks diverted me. There was snow … Continue reading

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