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 book is Chinquapins: Short Short Stories (2015)

 

Ivory Kings/ Stern Beauty and a Rich History in Chess

When I ordered the erudite Nancy Marie Brown’s Ivory Vikings (St. Martins, 2015), I just meant to scratch little itch, satisfy a whimsical curiosity. Years ago when I was a dedicated chess stumblebum I learned about the Isle of Lewis … Continue reading

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Tangerines and Grief

In the Estonian-Georgian film Tangerines, which I recently viewed on Netflix, the central character Ivo, at an impromptu evening picnic in a near-deserted war-torn village, can think of only Death to toast. His three companions, all deeply scarred by the … Continue reading

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When Zombies Craved Souls More than Brains (Part deux)

When I slipped out of the Georgia sunlight and into the Rex that Saturday in the fifties, I was not prepared for all the varieties of darkness I was entering.  The film I Walked with a Zombie, produced by Val … Continue reading

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When Zombies Craved Souls More than Brains

(Part 1) Lurking in Local Shadows: Rumor, Legend, Fantasy, Landscape, Twisted Religion When I was a boy – say eight, nine, ten – I was terrified of zombies, who always seemed involved in both mystery and the Mysteries. I had … Continue reading

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TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH

A Visit from Poet/Editor Will Wright by Isabelle McAlevey, Shenandoah Intern When I learned William Wright was coming to sit down with the Shenandoah interns I was unsure of what to expect. I did what I could online to get … Continue reading

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Fiction and the Mind

Posted by Sam Bramlett Is a man with no senses alive? He is in the same way that people know what’s going on in each other’s heads. Fiction isn’t limited to books or anything else in the sphere of entertainment. … Continue reading

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Triage and Fiction Submissions at SHENANDOAH

[Being not quite a re-run, but a revisiting of a persistent question.] As the population of writers, editors and literary journals increases faster the number of Kardashian spin-offs, it never seems profitless to address the question many new or just … Continue reading

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Articulate Fly Fishing

by Chuck Dodge The famous final sentences of A River Runs Through It form for me what is one of the most memorable passages in American literature. And truly, they deserve appreciation beyond the dreams of aspiring and infatuated fly … Continue reading

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Is There an Antidote for the Anecdote Poem?

“Perhaps poetry in recent years has grown too weak to resist the attractive, familiar, conversational, seductive anecdote, too eyesore for trying to describe actions, too weary of meditation and contemplation, too jaded by trying to present deeper poems to a … Continue reading

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Armed Journalists Could Save Themselves?

Because I’ve written previously about American gun violence in an editor’s note on this site (Volume 62, No, 2: “Gun Culture and Gun Cult”), this blog seems an appropriate place to register a kind of addendum, a question I have … Continue reading

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