Author Archives: R.T. Smith

About R.T. Smith

R T Smith at hillelR. T. Smith has edited Shenandoah since 1995. His newest books are Sherburne: Stories (2012) and a collection of poems: The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor (2013)In the Night Orchard: New & Selected Poems will be published in 2014.

 

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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Holy Ghost Horrors

Through the brief interval between grading papers and judging a contest with 1000 entries, I find myself flinchy and belligerent, unable to relax, despite the mild weather, DVDs of the first season of “Maverick” and just a taste of excellent … Continue reading

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The Bevel Summers Contest

The 2014 Contest is now closed. Continue reading

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Meriwether Redux

 “I fear O! I fear the waight of his mind has come over him, what will be the Consequence?” – William Clark Although I’ve never seen any persuasive evidence of it, I keep hearing rumors that Meriwether Lewis attended school … Continue reading

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Clear and Resonant Mysteries: Submit Now

Shadow and shadowy motives, mischief and misbehavior, dark motives and serious riddles.  Our fall issue will feature work influenced by the modes of mystery, noir, crime and suspense.  We want work that explores secrets kept and secrets unlocked.  We’re not … Continue reading

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Winter Submissions beginning January 13.

Soon seeking Noir. Continue reading

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