SHENANDOAH Mourns Former Contributor

Lexington writer and teacher Katie Letcher Lyle

katieShenandoah mourns the passing of local writer and teacher Katie Lyle, who contributed to the print version of Shenandoah years ago, as well as to the Virginia Quarterly Review.  A graduate of Hollins, she served intermittently as an adjunct professor at Mary Baldwin College, Washington and Lee and Randolph-Macon Women’s College.

Lyle had a broad-ranging imagination and an enviable store of energy.  Her books cover a wide range of topics, from ghosts to train wreck songs, from wildcrafting to folklore and historical fiction, including (in verse) the life of Pocahontas.  She was also a songwriter and creator of astonishing recipes.

For many years Lyle taught in Elderhostel programs and was for over a decade a member of the Rockbridge Area Hospice Board.  She was the mother of a daughter and son and a graceful hostess.

recent-meR. T. Smith has edited Shenandoah since 1995 and serves as Writer-in-Residence at Washington & Lee. His forthcoming books are Doves in Flight: 13 Fictions and Summoning Shades: New Poems, both due in 2017.