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Dr. Earle observing a coral reef in Bermuda in 2010. (Bryce Groark)

This month Glamour magazine named scientist and aquanaut Sylvia Earle a Woman of the Year for her lifetime of work advocating for the ocean. Her essay on breaking gender barriers as an ocean explorer appeared in our Fall 2012 magazine. "I took pleasure in turning questions such as 'Did you wear lipstick? Did you use a hair­dryer?' into a discourse on the importance of the ocean as our primary source of oxygen," she writes, "the value of coral reefs, mangroves, and marshes as vital buffers against storms, and the delightful nature of fish, shrimp, lobsters, and crabs alive, swimming in the ocean."

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Recent books of reporting, memoir, fiction, and poetry that include work from our pages.

 

Brian Turner served seven years in the US Army, including one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

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Charles Wright: New Poet Laureate

A frequent contributor to VQR, Charles Wright writes elegantly and powerfully about—in his words—“landscape, language, and the idea of God.” Read more about the new poet laureate here.