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.

 

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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A Claudia Emerson Poem from Shenandoah

Most people know of Claudia Emerson because of her Pulitzer-winning Late Wife and subsequent books, but it’s been two decades since Shenandoah published her poem “The Milk Cow Speaks of Winter” and sixteen years since she included it in her … Continue reading

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NOW CONSIDERING FICTION AND FLASH FICTION

SHENANDOAH is now considering short stories and short stories for publication in the spring issue.  For submission guidelines, go to the Prizes/Submit link on our home page and follow directions.  Writers can submit via Submittable platform or via USPS.

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Death of a Naturalist: R.I.P. Seamus Heaney

How do you make mischief with grace?  Touch the heart with a glancing blow?  Find the moral in the menial, the dark in the star, the light in the abyss?  These were among the hard-won gifts of Seamus Heaney, a … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: Last Flash: Post-War Shadows

And, as August dawned, two novellas and a novel behind me – DeLillo’s Point Omega (post-Iraq), J. L. Carr’s  A Month in the Country (post- WWI), Frederick Busch’s The Night Inspector (post-Civil War) – all leaving me wondering if you … Continue reading

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Summer Reading: 2nd Spark of 3: an accidental cluster

Although I didn’t begin the summer with a reading plan, a pattern began to emerge early.  A reference to Sam Watkins in a journal article spurred me to re-read Watkins’ Civil War memoir Company Aytch (Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone Edition … Continue reading

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Clyde

One more brief interlude, then back to Summer Reading. CLYDE A friend recently told me he’d heard a successful writer of short fiction proclaim that there is no such thing in literature as foreshadowing.  That someone believed this was not … Continue reading

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