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Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith is a graduate of the University of Virginia and worked for the Virginia Quarterly Review as web editor. He was a News Challenge Fellow with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


WSJ Joins in Calling Out Bloomberg

December 11, 2009 | Reporting

It's now clear that it's not true that Goldman Sachs executives arming themselves against an uprising. But neither the news outlet nor author Alice Schroeder are talking.

Joe Sacco in our Winter Issue

November 25, 2009 | Editor's Desk

The journalist/artist is producing an original, 48-page comic for us, entitled "The Unwanted," about the thousands of African refugees who have washed up in Malta.

Summer 2009 Issue: Promised Land

July 16, 2009 | Editor's Desk

The bombs were falling when two VQR reporters made it through the Rafah Crossing and into the Gaza Strip. What they saw shocked them.

“The End of Ice” at NYU

April 14, 2009 | Editor's Desk

Ted Genoways Carolyn Kormann, Matthew Fishbane, William Finnegan, Lawrence Weschler, Ted Conover will talk about our new issue on April 16.

Spring Issue: The End of Ice

April 1, 2009 | Editor's Desk

Our latest issue features reporting from around the globe about how climate change is affecting the coldest parts of the world.

Three Decades of VQR, Gratis

February 8, 2009 | Editor's Desk

We just flipped the switch and made public every single poem, story, essay, and book review that appeared in VQR from 1975 through 2003—the whole of Staige Blackford's tenure as editor.

Accidental Plagiarism and A Panoply of Video

January 20, 2009 | Criticism

Neale Donald Walsch victimized by his own brain, Joshua Casteel on his opposition to the war, Macmillen facetiously explains how books are published, and video of Whitman reading his work.

Link Roundup: Poets Geeking Out

January 6, 2009 | Criticism

Mark Doty, Billy Collins, and Robert Pinsky get excited about a Thomas Hardy poem, plus CAPTCHA poetry, classifying profanity, and more.

Interview with Neil Shea

December 5, 2008 | Interviews

He talks to Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism about how he wrote "Ramadi Nights," in our Winter 2008 issue.

Déjà Food

June 5, 2008 | Criticism

David Cushman Coyle's 1947 review of a proto-Pollan critique of the American diet.

Phillips on “Writer’s Almanac”

May 7, 2008 | Multimedia

Two poems from Patrick Phillips' "Boy" will be broadcast on The Writer's Almanac this week. "Matinee" will be featured on Thursday and "Falling" on Saturday. "Boy" is one of the first four books in the VQR Poetry Series. Patrick can be heard reading [...]

Cecily Parks Interviewed

May 3, 2008 | Interviews

Literary reading podcast Apostrophe Cast is featuring a reading by and an interview with Cecily Parks this week. Cecily is one of the authors in the new VQR Poetry Series -- we recently published "Field Folly Snow," her first collection of poems, and [...]

Interview with Paola de Grenet

April 15, 2008 | Interviews

Spraygraphic has an interview with photographer and illustrator Paola de Grenet. Paola's photographs of the residents of Aicuña have proven to be some of the most popular works ever featured in VQR, if website traffic is any indicator. Dozens of the [...]

Solving for X

February 8, 2008 | Editor's Desk

Five percent of the submissions we receive are totally off the mark.

Winter 2008 Issue Released

January 2, 2008 | Editor's Desk

Our Winter 2008 issue is showing up in mailboxes everywhere today. Readers are doing double-takes when they see the cover -- one excited subscriber called this morning, anxiously inquiring whether cover was really and truly drawn by who he thought i [...]

Schmidle Reports from Pakistan

January 2, 2008 | Reporting

The trick in putting out a quarterly anchored by current events is to figure out what will be current in a few months. That is our editor's job, and how he does it, I would not try to guess. But somehow the stars aligned this week, and we've got a ho [...]

Submission Bins, Free to a Good Post Office

September 28, 2007 | Editor's Desk

It's been three weeks since we launched our electronic submission system. Print submissions are mailed back with a note, asking authors to resubmit through our website. Only a few dozen print submissions languish in the vicinity of our editor's desk, [...]

The new issue’s here! The new issue’s here!

September 20, 2007 | Editor's Desk

Today is a special day here at the VQR offices, one of four each year. We draw inspiration from Steve Martin's The Jerk: Navin R. Johnson: The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! Harry Hartounian: Boy, I wish I could get that excited [...]

Titles We Have Known

September 17, 2007 | Editor's Desk

The ten most common titles of submissions that we've received in the past year: Remember Smoke Revelation Work Grace Waiting Insomnia Voyeur Butterfly Reunion Since you were wondering. [...]

Chiquita’s Terrorist Ties Highlighted in VQR

September 14, 2007 | Reporting

A demobilized paramilitary fighter, "Lorenzo," in Turbo, Colombia. A hazard of producing a quarterly with months-long lead times is that it's not easy to be timely. We have to forecast what will be relevant and informative in light of events six mon [...]

Electronic Submission System Released

September 6, 2007 | Editor's Desk

We're both proud and a little nervous to release into the wild the VQR electronic submission system. We constructed this system ourselves (on a PHP/MySQL platform) with the primary criterion of making it as simple to use as possible. It's a snap to s [...]

“Get out of my life and stay out of my life.”

August 24, 2007 | Criticism

Elizabeth, at Charlottesville Words, provides perhaps the strangest rejection letter that has ever been sent. We've been a little sensitive about our own rejection letters ever since David Keeling awarded us a C+, but now I see that, relatively speak [...]

Simic Named U.S. Poet Laureate

August 3, 2007 | Poetry

Long-time VQR contributor Charles Simic was named the United States poet laureate yesterday. Simic's work in VQR has included "Memories of the Future," "Meditation in the Gutter" and "Ghost Ship." Subscribers to the magazine can also read "Death of a [...]

Gilbertson on Fresh Air

June 13, 2007 | Interviews

Photojournalist Ashley Gilbertson was the featured guest on today's installment of Fresh Air, discussing "Last Photographs," his photo essay that will be included in the Summer issue of VQR. In the 40-minute interview, Gilbertson discusses his extens [...]

Bookslut Judges ‘Em By Their Covers

December 8, 2006 | Criticism

Bookslut clearly isn't a fan of the crop of cover art this past year. Heather Smith manages to get past her distaste and find six that rank at the top. They are nice covers, but, speaking only for myself, "Mountain Man Dance Moves" is fairly ungood l [...]

The First Issue: Spring 1925

November 27, 2006 | Editor's Desk

There are two complete sets of VQR. One is in the hands of the U.Va. library. The other is in the office of our editor, Ted Genoways, across the street from the library. I've witnessed the publication's transformation over the past fifteen years, hav [...]

Ware & Satrapi on Wisconsin Public Radio

November 26, 2006 | Multimedia

Comic book artists and VQR contributors Chris Ware and Marjane Satrapi were featured on Wisconsin Public Radio's "To the Best of Our Knowledge" today. The two were interviewed by Jim Fleming for the Wisconsin Book Festival last month, and it's that o [...]

Fall Issue Sold Out

October 25, 2006 | Editor's Desk

As a result of the enormous demand for our Fall 2006 issue, we regret that we've completely sold out of copies. If you can't pick up a copy in your local bookstore, which may still have a few in stock, you can always subscribe to VQR. That won't get [...]

Frost, Maxwell Podcasts

October 23, 2006 | Poetry

We hosted a couple of events on Friday that we recorded for your listening pleasure. First we held a series of lectures on the newly-discovered Robert Frost poem, featuring our own Ted Genoways, New Republic poetry editor Glyn Maxwell, and graduate s [...]

Frost Coverage on Weekend Edition

September 28, 2006 | Poetry

Things have been abuzz here at VQR for the past couple of days since word got out that we're publishing "War Thoughts at Home," a previously unknown Robert Frost poem. We've published a dozen previously unknown Frost poems over the years, but that wa [...]

All The King’s Men

September 22, 2006 | Criticism

The release of the remade movie of "All The King's Men" this weekend makes it useful to note the pair of lengthy essays that we've published recently about Robert Penn Warren and his seminal novel. (“Recently" being a relative term for an eighty-ye [...]

VQR Wins Big at Ellies

May 10, 2006 | Editor's Desk

The National Magazine Awards ceremony at Lincoln Center has wrapped up, Virginia Quarterly Review has collected the big enchilada—the General Excellence Award—and the Fiction award. The former recognizes Virginia Quarterly Review as the single be [...]

Fibonacci Poems Flourish

April 14, 2006 | Poetry

One week ago Slashdot wrote about Fibonacci-based poetry, more as a joke than anything else. Reader Gregory K. noted that the month being both National Poetry Month and Math Awareness month, and proposed six-line, twenty-syllable poems with a pattern [...]