Author Archives: Lauren Starnes

About Lauren Starnes

Senior at Washington and Lee University. Originally from Chattanooga, TN. Majoring in English.

The Best of the Best…or Not?

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with the Maori poet and scholar, Alice Te Punga Somerville. Alice was born and raised in Aotearoa, New Zealand and she is currently a visiting Professor of Aboriginal Studies at the University of … Continue reading

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Five Books that Will Change the Way You Read

There are few things more fulfilling than reading a truly great novel. Often these rich and complex works do not make for the easiest reading, but the rewards make it a worthwhile endeavor. In these works, everything from the plot … Continue reading

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Spring Fever

It is finally March, and despite the freak snow fall we had yesterday in Lexington, it feels like Spring is in the air.  Spring is by far my favorite season.  I am not really sure why, but it might have something to … Continue reading

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Homegrown Literature

Reading a novel that is set in a place where you have actually lived or visited is an interesting experience. Being born and bred in East Tennessee, this is not a common occurrence, but it does happen. Usually, the books … Continue reading

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Cold Weather Reads

Last week it seemed like Spring was just around the corner in beautiful Lexington, Virginia, but on Sunday Mother Nature surprised us with some last minute Winter weather.  As I sat inside sipping Mint tea, eating peanut butter M&M’s, and … Continue reading

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Poetry as Place

One of the English classes I am taking this semester is Twenty-First Century Poetry: Here, Nowhere. The course is taught by the esteemed professor and poet, Lesley Wheeler who is a contributor to the current issue of Shenandoah. In Professor … Continue reading

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When “Young Adult” is too “Adult”

R.T. Smith’s most recent post got me thinking about various books that are considered Young Adult fiction and the controversy that surrounds them.  Often there seems to be a gray area between books that are considered appropriate for children and … Continue reading

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@Shenandoah #AuthorsandSocialMedia

Lately in our Shenandoah Internship meetings we have been discussing the shift from print to an online medium.  We live in a world where practically everything and everyone seems to on the web, logged on, and high speed.  In this fast paced and instant gratification society one has to wonder … Continue reading

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