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Here’s to the Love of Books: Pursuing Publishing

Print PDFby Laurel Myers I love books. This phrase is typical of an English major—so hello, that’s me, guilty as charged. I learned to read when I was three and have always lived within a block of the public library … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by its (Gendered) Cover

Print PDFBy Virginia Kettles In 2013, the New York Times bestselling author Deborah Copaken wrote an essay about her experiences watching her books be “girlified” for publishing. In the essay, Copaken spoke about the publication of her first book, a … Continue reading

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An Apology for Literature

Print PDFAn Apology for Literature by Arlette Hernandez I’m the first to admit that I’ve never been a fan of the early modern period. All throughout high school, I dreaded reading Shakespeare. My first English class in college, a seminar … Continue reading

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Sidestepping the Book vs. Movie Debate

Print PDF“That’s not how it’s supposed to happen.” “She was much more likable in the book.” “How could they leave out James Potter’s backstory?” When it comes to watching a movie that is based off of a book, there’s nothing … Continue reading

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Kathie Odom’s “Sabbath”

Print PDFby Laura Calhoun I first discovered Kathie Odom’s work on Cabell Gallery’s website.  Shenandoah was looking for art to feature in our spring issue at the time, so I brought Odom’s website to the attention of our editor, R.T. … Continue reading

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Reflections from a Culture-Shocked American

Print PDFby Arlette Hernandez I had always heard tales about the Promised Land called “college.” Growing up with Cuban immigrant parents, college was little more than a goal I needed to meet so I could earn a degree and break the … Continue reading

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Defining Poetry: Anne Sexton’s “Transformations”

Print PDFby Laurel Myers I must admit before getting into this essay that I had never read a full book of poetry before university. Like my fellow classmate, Hannah Denham, I picked up Leaves of Grass with the intention to … Continue reading

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Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”: American Individualism Then and Now By Hannah Denham

Print PDF   Nineteenth century poet Walt Whitman is heralded as one of the first truly American poets, but for me, he was my first. I’m a little sheepish to admit this, but I discovered Whitman during my middle school … Continue reading

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The Madness of Art: Gothicism in my Short Stories

Print PDFby Caroline Sanders I tend to be unabashedly optimistic and cheerful. I wake up early every weekday morning to do work on my closed-in front porch with my favorite, bright yellow coffee mug in hand that reads: “You Are … Continue reading

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John Montague: A Memorial Sampler

Print PDF[This is the second of a pair of posts celebrating the life and work of Irish poet John Montague.  The first can be found immediately below this one, and I recommend reading them in sequence.] Like many Americans, I … Continue reading

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