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W&L’s Shenandoah Literary Magazine Hosts Public Launch Party in December The Shenandoah magazine team will host a virtual launch party on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the newest edition of the magazine, which will be available to the public on Dec. 11.

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Washington and Lee University’s Shenandoah literary magazine will host a virtual launch party on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. The official launch of the latest edition is Dec. 11.

The party will feature eight authors published in the new issue, each reading selections from the magazine for a few minutes. There will also be holiday games and the unveiling of the issue’s cover art and comics.

The event is free and open to the public and can be accessed online at http://go.wlu.edu/shenandoahlaunchparty.

Shenandoah aims to showcase a wide variety of voices and perspectives regarding gender identity, race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, nationality, regionality, sexuality and educational background.

“I hope Shenandoah feels like a place where connection and joy are possible, even as many of our contributors are writing about difficult topics,” said Beth Staples, Shenandoah editor and assistant professor of English. “I always find sustenance and joy in the act of communicating well, and this issue is full of so many voices: of celebration, of complexity, of challenge, of grief. I hope the reading will be a place, too, where we can come together and celebrate all of these wonderful artists.”

Shenandoah was founded in 1950 by a group of Washington and Lee University faculty members and undergraduates, Tom Wolfe among them. In 2011, Shenandoah moved online and is now a web magazine that publishes semiannually. In August 2018, after the retirement of R. T. Smith, Staples took over as the publication’s editor. Shenandoah is now part of W&L’s English Department and, under Staples’ direction, is supported by a class of undergraduate student interns who are studying editing and publishing.

Readers can access the latest issue on Dec. 11 at shenandoahliterary.org/.