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R.T. Smith’s Short Story and Poem Selected for “Best” Anthologies

— by on February 21st, 2008

A short story by R.T. Smith, editor of Washington and Lee University’s Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review, will appear in this year’s New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best. This is the fifth volume of that journal, out of the last seven, that has included Smith’s work.

Smith’s short story, “Wretch Like Me,” which was published last spring by Virginia Quarterly Review, is a Civil War story about a cavalry unit under Confederate General Fighting Joe Wheeler and opposing Union General William Tecumsah Sherman during Sherman’s march to Savannah.

The series editor of New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best picks about 100 stories out of those published in the year, and the guest editor chooses 20 out of those 100 for publication in the book. The name of the guest editor is not made public until the selection process is completed. This year’s guest editor was Z.Z. Packer, known for her book of short stories, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere.

Smith also has a poem in this year’s Best American Poetry. “Pentecostal” was published in Notre Dame Review, and was selected by guest editor Charles Wright to be included in Best American Poetry. The anthology is published every year by Simon and Schuster and will appear this summer.