recent-meR. T. Smith is the former editor of  Southern Humanities Review, as well as former Alumni Writer-in-Residence at Auburn University. His fourteen books of poems include Messenger and Outlaw Style, both recipients of the Library of Virginia Poetry Book of the Year Award. Read R. T. Smith on his poem “Dar He” here. His stories have appeared in many anthologies, as well as in five of his own collections. Smith’s collection of poetry, The Red Wolf: A Dream of Flannery O’Connor, was published by Louisiana Literature Press in 2013, and he received the 2013 Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize.   Summoning Shades (poems) is due from Mercer University Press next year.  He is Washington and Lee’s Writer-in-Residence and has edited Shenandoah since 1995, receiving a 2008 VA Governor’s Arts Awards for publishing excellence. or

William Wright author photoASSISTANT EDITOR William Wright is author of six collections of poetry: three full length books, including Night Field Anecdote (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011), Bledsoe (Texas Review Press, 2011), and Dark Orchard (Texas Review Press, 2011). Wright’s chapbooks are Sleep Paralysis, Winner of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative Prize, selected by Kwame Dawes, forthcoming from the Stepping Stones Press, Xylem & Heartwood, forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, and The Ghost Narratives (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Wright is Series Editor and Volume Co-editor of The Southern Poetry Anthology, a multivolume series celebrating contemporary writing of the American South, published by Texas Review Press. Additionally Wright serves as a contributing web columnist for Oxford American, translates German poetry, and is editing three volumes: Phantom Manners: Contemporary Southern Gothic Fiction by Women (with his wife, Michelle Nichols Wright), The World Is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (with Daniel Westover), and Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry (with Daniel Cross Turner). Wright won the 2012 Porter Fleming Prize in Literature and teaches at the University of West Georgia.

2015-2016 INTERNS
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Winter 2015 INTERNS
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Anna DiBenedetto
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Griffin Cook
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Manuscript Editor:
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Poem of the Week Editors:
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Emily Danzig
Contest Editor:
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Betty Adcock is the author of six books of poetry from LSU Press, including Intervale: New and Selected Poems and The Difficult Wheel. Her poems “Penumbra” and “Little Song,” both first published in Shenandoah, were awarded Pushcart Prizes. She is a former writer-in-residence at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and teaches in the Warren Wilson M F A Program for Writers. Her newest book, Slantwise, was published by LSU in 2008.  She is also a winner of The Poet’s Prize and the North Carolina Medal for Literature and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Philip Belcher is the Vice President for Programs of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina in Asheville, NC and the author of a chapbook, The Flies and Their Lovely Names, from Stepping Stones Press. A graduate of Furman University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Duke University School of Law, he also has an MFA in Poetry from Converse College. Belcher’s reviews appear in the last two issues of Shenandoah. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Southeast Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Shenandoah, and The South Dakota Review, and he has written recently in The Southern Quarterly about white Southern poets’ attempts to deal with racism.

Simmons Buntin is the founding editor-in-chief of A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments and the author of Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places, a collection of sustainable community case studies. His two collections of poetry, Bloom and Riverfall, were published by Salmon Poetry in Ireland. His awards include a Colorado Artist’s Fellowship for Poetry and an Academy of American Poets Prize, and his nonfiction and poetry have been published in North American Review, Orion, Kyoto Journal, and elsewhere. He holds graduate degrees in urban and regional planning and creative writing (nonfiction), and lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona.

Jennifer Chang is the author of The History of Anonymity (University of Georgia Press, 2008). New poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Nation, A Public Space, New England Review, and Best American Poetry 2012, and she has written essays on poetry for The Believer, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and The Volta.  She co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, an Asian American poetry organization, and is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Kyle Dargan is an Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at American University and editor of Post No Ills magazine ( His poetry collections include The Listening (2004), Bouquet of Hungers (2007) and Logorrhea Dementia (2010).  His work has been Awarded the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and was named one of Washingtonian magazine’s “Forty Under Forty: Young Washingtonians to Watch.”  Dargan serves on the advisory committees of many arts organizations, including The American Poetry Museum.

Claudia Emerson holds the Arlington Distinguished Chair in Poetry at the University of Mary Washington and then a distinguished writer at Virginia Commonwealth University Her books, all from LSU, include Pinion: An Elegy, Late Wife, which received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, FImpossible Bottle and others.   She received fellowships from the NEA, the Virginia Commission for the Arts the Guggenheim Foundation.  She was also Poet Laureate of Virginia. View her personal site here.  Claudia passed away on De. 4, 2014.  We keep her on this page in honor of her many contributions to Shenandoah.

Brendan Galvin is the author of a dozen books of poems, including Wampanog Traveler,  Saints in their Ox-hide Boat and The Strength of A Named Thing. He has received the O.B. Hardison Prize, the Southeby Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship and a fellowship from the NEA. His Hotel Malabar won the Iowa Prize, and Atlantic Flyway was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Habitats was recently  a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in Truro, Massachusetts. His most recent book is Whirl Is King: Poems from a Life List (LSU, 2008).

Cary Holladay Cary Holladay is the author of seven volumes of fiction, including Horse7795159716_4fe111810b_m People: Stories; The Deer in the Mirror; and The Quick-Change Artist: Stories. Her awards include fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Her story “Merry-Go-Sorry,” based on the case of the West Memphis 3, was published in Alaska Quarterly Review and won an O. Henry Prize. Cary Holladay and her husband, John Bensko, teach creative writing at the University of Memphis. Cary teaches in the low-res MFA program at Converse College. During Fall 2014, she is Distinguished Visiting Writer at Wichita State University.

Sarah Kennedy is Professor of English and Head of the English Department at Mary Baldwin College and is co-editor of Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets of Virginia (Virginia, 2003). She holds an MFA from Vermont College and a doctorate in Renaissance poetry from Purdue.  A recipient of literature fellowships from the NEA and the Virginia Commission for the Arts, she is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Witch’s Dictionary (Elixir Press) and Home Remedies (LSU).  Kennedy writes reviews for Pleiades, American Book Review, West Branch and other journals. Her newest poetry collection, The Gold Thread, was published in 2013, along with her first novel The Altar Piece (Knox Robinson).  Her fourth novel in the series, City of Ladies, is forthcoming in 2016.

Jeanne Murray Walker has published five books of poetry, among them, Coming into History (Cleveland State) and Gaining Time (Copper Beech). New Tracks, Night Falling is forthcoming.  Her work appears in periodicals such as Poetry, The Nation, The Georgia Review, Image, APR and Best American Poetry 2009. She is the recipient of many awards, among them an NEA Fellowship, the Prairie-Schooner Strousse Award and a Pew Fellowship in Poetry. Walker’s plays are performed here and abroad.  She is Professor of English at the University of Delaware.

sophienewSophie Xiong grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2011 with a B.A. in East Asian Languages and Literature and a creative writing minor.  She served as an intern at Shenandoah in 2010 and holds a Master’s of Arts in International Studies from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nize School of Internatuional Studies and a Nanjing University Master of Law.  She is a fiction writer, dancer and choreographer, and she advises Shenandoah on current media issues, screens submissions and provides occasional reviews.

We also wish to commemorate the late Jake Adam York and Reetika Vazirani, who were contributing editors at the time of their deaths.


Founding Editors

J. J. Donovan, D. C. G. Kerry, Tom Wolfe

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