AWP Conference

Hi Dragons,

If you, or anyone you know, is going to be at the AWP conference (March 8-11) be sure to stop by our table! We’ll be sharing a spot with the Roanoke Review, the literary journal also produced by Roanoke College. We’ll have books for sale, and you’ll have the opportunity to win some fun dragon-related prizes.

Hope to see you then!


New Publication

Co-creators of the DRC, Dr. Poli and Dr. Stoneman, have published a new paper, “Drawing New Boundaries:Finding the Origins of Dragons in Carboniferous Plant Fossils”. You can find the full article on The MIT Press Journals website.¬†The article was Published on November 30th, 2017


Dragons thrive in gaps between and beyond spatial boundaries. Can science help explain their existence? Did humans use investigation of natural phenomena to create bits and pieces of dragon lore across cultures? The researchers used a transdisciplinary lens to reveal unique data among extant dragon origin explanations. These data include fossil evidence and descriptions of Carboniferous era plants, dragon folklore descriptions and locations, and geographic correlations between the fossils and folklore. The hypothesis is that early humans came across these fossils, constructed meaning for them contextualized by current knowledge of the natural world, and created or enhanced dragon lore narratives.


doi: 10.1162/LEON_a_01576.