recent-meR. T. Smith (Rod) 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 an interview with R. T. Smith and his poem “Dar He” here. His stories have appeared in many anthologies, as well as in nine 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.   His six collections of fiction include Chinquapins and Sherburne.  Among his many writing awards are the 2017 William Peden Prize for Fiction from Missouri Review, two NEA Fellowships and multiple grants from arts commissions of NC, AL and VA.   Summoning Shades (poems) is due from Mercer University Press next year.  Smith has served in the capacity of distinguished visiting professor at VMI, Appalachian State University and Converse College.  He is Washington and Lee’s Writer-in-Residence and has edited Shenandoah since 1995, receiving a 2008 VA Governor’s Arts Award for publishing excellence.  He lives with his wife, the poet and novelist Sarah Kennedy, on Timber Ridge in Rockbridge County.  SMith will retire from WLU in June of 2018. or

William Wright author photoCONTRIBUTONG 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.

Winter 2018 INTERNS
Dannick Kenon, Mathilde Sharman, Trang Nguyen, Caroline Drennen, Melinda Kauffman, Madison Hutchins, Jenny Bagger, Lindsey Hewitt, Melinda Kauffman

2015-2016 INTERNS
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Winter 2015 INTERNS
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Elise Petracca, Grace Haynes, Anna Kathryn Barnes, Stephanie Rice, Ryan Scott, Liza Boldrick, Maggie Hammer, Emma Nash, Kiki Martire

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2010-2012 INTERNS AND EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS: Catherine Anderson, Chloe Bellomy, Dorey Blackey, John Burks, Mary Cotter, Caitlin Doyle, Jen Fawkes, Alexandra Frazier, Robert Gratton, Brandon Greene, Anna Hermsmann,Elmore Hill, Abigail Horne, Mary Olive Keller, Patricia King, Barbara Knipp, Baxter Llewallen, Anne Lykes, Tim McAleenan, Collier McLeod, Cassie McGinty, John McWilliams, Isabella Martin, Cara Modisett, Daniel Murray, Laura Persun, Tracy Richardson, Trelsia Sadler, Jonathan Salm, Andrea Siso, Catherine Skitsko, Lauren Starnes, Mary Helen Turnage, Beth Wellford, Paige Willey, Zoe Yarborough & Sophie Xiong

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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.




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, and a stand-alone novel, Self Portrait with Ghost, appeared in 2016.

We also wish to commemorate the late Jake Adam York , Diane Blakely Shoaf, Claudia Emerson 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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