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Spring Issue of Shenandoah Now Available

— by on April 22nd, 2015

The spring issue of Shenandoah: the Washington and Lee University Review, Vol. 64, No. 2, is now available at shenandoahliterary.org.

Each issue of the journal contains short stories, flash fiction, poetry, non-fiction, reviews and interviews and invites reader participation. It requires no subscription and is accessible to the public. All the artwork in this issue is by prize-winning Virginia painter Suzanne Stryk.

Highlights from this issue include an interview with Virginia poet Tim Seibles, short stories about camels and the military in the American West and a corrupt small-town sheriff’s personal crisis, as well as poems by Thomas Reiter, Daye Philipo (“Wild Turkeys”), Bobby Rogers (on Hank Williams), Jane Fuller’s experimental piece on a fastball pitcher turned fiddler, Philip Belcher’s lyric on blackbirds falling from the sky and a pair of blues villanelles by Tim Seibles.

The issue also offers essays on physical and moral courage and on contemporary poetry, as well as W&L Associate Provost Marc Conner’s review of Charles Johnson’s new book “Naming the Ox.” This issue’s Editor’s Note is a narrative following one Southerner’s road from the Rebel zealotry of a Georgia childhood to historical understanding and the symbolic meaning of Appomattox as a shrine of reconciliation.

Shenandoah also features brief interviews with current contributors, a Poem of the Week, Virginia Poet Laureate Ron Smith’s column “Updraft” and a mischievous and interactive blog addressing artistic and cultural topics of current interest, including commentary on film remakes, discussion of literary hoaxes and writers’ habits and pets.

For 60 years Shenandoah, founded by Washington and Lee University students, including Tom Wolfe, Cy Twombley and William Hoffman, was a print publication published either quarterly or three times a year. Now it appears on the Internet semiannually, featuring both nationally acclaimed writers and those still early in their careers.

The next submission period begins in October for the spring 2016 issue. The fall 2015 issue, a 20-year commemorative issue, goes online in November and will be made of a selection of poetry and prose from the past twenty years of the journal’s contents. It will include work by prize-winning authors Reynolds Price, Lee Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Brendan Galvin, Henry Taylor, Mary Oliver, Eavan Boland, Claudia Emerson, Maxine Kumin, Rita Dove, Jams Dickey and James Merrill,

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