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#VQRTrueStory

A Social-Media Experiment in Nonfiction


[clock] 2-MINUTE READ PUBLISHED: December 7, 2015

#VQRTrueStory is a social-media experiment in nonfiction that delivers stories across platforms—from Instagram to the website to the magazine. Each week, a contributor takes over our Instagram feed, @vqreview, to post original dispatches that tell the stories behind the pictures. The dispatches are then published on our website as a complete essay. With each issue of VQR, we select a handful of dispatches from various contributors to include in the magazine’s #VQRTrueStory column. You can visit the #VQRTrueStory archive to read all the contributions so far. And be sure to follow @vqreview to keep up with the project as it unfolds.


Project Archive

Week of August 8, 2016
Sarah Khatry in Myanmar
Full essay: “An Audience with Wirathu




Week of July 18, 2016
Tom Haines in Wyoming.
Full essay: “In the Powder River Basin



Week of June 13, 2016
Maggie Shipstead in Antarctica.
Full essay: “The Truths of Antarctica




Week of June 6, 2016
Luke Padgett in Canada’s Kitimat Fjords.
Full essay: “On the Great Bear Sea




Week of April 18, 2016
Gaiutra Bahadur in New York.
Full essay: “On Henry Locke’s Wine Dark Sea

 

Week of March 28, 2016
Holly Haworth in southwest Virginia.
Full essay: “Picturing the Pipeline

 

Week of March 21, 2016
Jerry Redfern in Southeast Asia.
Full essay: “Resilience in East Timor




Week of February 29, 2016
Danica Novgorodoff on five artists.
Full essay: “Problem Solving at the MacDowell Colony




Week of February 8, 2016
Randy R. Potts on LGBT life and Christian faith.
Full essay: “His Faithful Servant

 

Week of January 25, 2016
Baynard Woods on polytheists in Greece.
Full essay: “In the Shadow of Olympus



Week of January 18, 2016
Jeff Sharlet in Dublin.
Full essay: “Dubliners




Week of January 11, 2016
Lili Loofbourow on San Francisco’s last gun shop.
Full essay: “The Last Days of High Bridge Arms




Week of January 4, 2016
Rachel Cohen on encounters at the Fogg Museum.
Full essay: “Details From the Fogg Museum






Week of December 28, 2015
Laura Kasinof on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho.
Full essay: “Hope for Sale



Week of December 21, 2015
Jamie Alliotts on encounters on the streets of Manhattan.
Full essay: “Sidewalks



Week of December 14, 2015
Julia Cooke in Mawlamyine, Burma.
Full essay: “Vestiges of the Socialist Time




Week of December 7, 2015
Lauren Markham on Central American migrants.
Full essay: ““Northbound




Week of November 30, 2015
Meera Subramanian on a changing India.
Full essay: “Elemental India

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