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 purpose 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 new programs like Xanadu Fireside and Wounded Healers, a narrative medicine workshop for students and faculty to explore the links between healthcare and the arts.
The New Xanadu, or TNX, is a dynamic embodiment of higher education at its applied and experiential best.
TNX at work...
Online | Interdisciplinary
The New Xanadu moved to this new website in May 2021. The digital platform will allow us to publish more submissions, longer written pieces, and new media such as student films and musical performances. We are able now as well to showcase a variety of other achievements and projects by students and faculty.
Xanadu Fireside | Wounded Healers
The New Xanadu reintroduced the 'Write Out Loud' reading series for campus authors in March 2021. We host regular fireside discussions on campus about the ups and downs of life. We also showcase emerging areas of interest across campus, such as Narrative Medicine and Health Humanities.
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. 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 would love to hear from you, so do not hesitate to reach out to us.
Please contact our faculty advisor or our direct resource email at
If you have submissions please contact our specific submissions resource at