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Winter 2009 Edition of Shenandoah Features Barry Vance Paintings

The Winter, 2009 issue of Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review (Vol. 59, No. 3) features both a seasonal cover and a portfolio of paintings of Blue Ridge landscapes and culturescapes by Winchester (Virginia) artist Barry Vance, each in dialogue with an Appalachian literary passage chosen by the author.

Included in the contents is work by 2009 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers recipient Aaron Baker and poetry about hummingbirds, “deep red patches of dusted rubies,” Buck Owens bawling, a white bark pine cone and more . Also, a memoir by Robert Benson about his youthful experiences on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a story about real and imagined events on a school playground, and a girl’s leg “amid the green and leafy plants that grow along the river bottom.”

Work by Shenandoah 59/3 contributors Greg Rappleye and Mary Oliver has been nominated to receive the annual Pushcart Prize.

Poetry Daily featured a poem from the issue, “Palimsest” by Natasha Saje, on its website on January 20, 2010, and Judith Cooper’s story “Sister-Light-of-Love Love Dove” will be published in the forthcoming anthology Best of the Midwest.

A review of Shenandoah 59/3 on New Pages.com notes that the issue’s contents “reflect[s] current ambient conversations: always with us are creatures of nature; acts of violence of one kind or another; the birth of something new, even land; abuse; prejudice – all reflect human states of consciousness, ransacking, empathetic, harsh, generous, etc. Whether poem, essay or story, all the pieces here stand as witness to the wide, raging vicissitudes of human perception, which are, as always, both real and imagined

Shenandoah 59/3 is 168 pages and sells for $12. Single copies are available at the Washington and Lee University Store, Books & Co. at 29 W. Nelson St., The Bookery at 107 W. Nelson St., and the Shenandoah office in Mattingly House, 2 Lee Avenue. The journal was founded in 1950. Subscription information and submission guidelines, as well as sample work, features and reviews, are available online at shenandoah.wlu.edu.