The recipient of the 2016-2017 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award is Rod (R. T.) Smith. Smith graduated from Appalachian State University in '75 with an M.A. in English and has since published 15 collections of poetry, six volumes of short fiction and three literary anthologies. He is the former editor of the "Southern Humanities Review," as well as former alumni writer-in-residence at Auburn University. He is currently the writer-in-residence at Washington and Lee and has edited "Shenandoah: The Washington and Lee University Review" since 1995, receiving a 2008 Virginia Governor's Arts Award for publishing excellence.