Welcome to The New Xanadu

The New Xanadu is the home for writing and writers at Doane University. It is an interdisciplinary reimagining of an art and literary magazine that has been published continuously since 1956 by the English department. 


They have never been more important, the stories we tell in our fields and the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what we can be.  In the introduction to Writing Fiction, Janet Burroway writes, “In Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari points out that it is not language itself but the related capacity to imagine what is not immediately present that distinguishes the human species.  To imagine what is not immediately present allows us spirituality, nationhood, commerce, and law, and it is of course the essence of story” (xvii). 


Honoring the essence of story, in all its forms, is our charge at The New Xanadu.  We celebrate craft and creativity in all its forms, striving to embody Doane’s enduring interdisciplinary spirit and liberal arts identity.  We pay homage to our history by publishing original stories, nonfiction essays, poetry, vignettes, paintings, sketches, photography, and so much more.  We look to the future by embracing new media, such as student films and musical performances, and by expanding our mission to include collaboration, discussion, and instruction.  This new mission includes instructional workshops for all kinds of writers and writing.  As well we have reintroduced the Write Out Loud reading series for campus authors.  We showcase the latest faculty scholarship, in all its forms, with the new Xanadu Scholars speaking series.  We will also host podcasts, virtual discussions among students and faculty, and meetings of the Crete Area Death Café. 


The New Xanadu is a dynamic embodiment of higher education at its applied and experiential best.

Image by Morgan Harper Nichols

Coming Soon...

New Opportunities

Online | Interdisciplinary 
The New Xanadu is moving to this new website that will launch in May 2021. This digital platform will allow us to publish more submissions, longer written pieces, and new media such as student films and musical performances. Watch for new podcasts, virtual discussions about topics such as Narrative Medicine and the new Integrated Humanities program, and upcoming meetings of the Crete Death Café.

New Events

Write Out Loud | Xanadu Scholars 
The New Xanadu will reintroduce the 'Write Out Loud' reading series for campus authors, kicking off with an event during Worldview Week in March. We also hope to showcase the latest faculty scholarship each year. Our first event will be a presentation in March by Professor Dan Clanton, editor of the new Oxford Handbook of The Bible and American Popular Culture.

New Mission

Workshops | Collaboration 
The New Xanadu will offer instructional workshops for writers across campus, for those wrestling with creative work in progress or agonizing over personal statements and application letters, among other things. The first will happen in late March as part of the annual Pre Health Boot Camp for students seeking careers in medicine and health care. Contact us to collaborate or arrange a workshop for writers in your program.

Get in Touch

The New Xanadu is committed to exceeding your needs. Questions, comments or special requests?

We’d love to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Please contact one of our main faculty advisors or our direct resource email at

jean.chevalier@doane.edu | philip.weitl@doane.edu | thenewxanadu21@gmail.com

If you have submissions please contact our specific submissions resource at