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Photo by Carlos Rivera

The Ladder Up

For many years, my Puerto Rican homeland was not the island but the fried chicken and Chinese takeout joint on 156th and Broadway, merengue on the boombox where men played dominoes and women sold mangoes on sticks peeled and cut to look like roses. My grandmother has lived in the same apartment on this corner for sixty-four years now. It was the second place she rented in New York City after migrating from Puerto Rico in 1951, pregnant with her first and only child.

Tropicana Day Trip

The Red Hook Neighborhood Senior Center was flooded out of its old spot near the public library, across from the barber shop and US Fried Chicken, by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Last year the center finally moved into a renovated facility: modest, in the shadow of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The entrance is flanked by concrete lions that have lost their features to time and weather; they could be sea lions.

Illustration by Kate Lacour

Glossology [private]

Who looks in your mouth? Nobody. That cozy little cavern is designed for darkness and privacy. When the mouth is open, we glimpse occasional bits of action in what is technically called the vestibule, and are struck by the intimacy of what we have seen.

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The Death of Pablo Neruda

May 5, 2015

“Looking back now, I could have so easily walked to that cemetery and joined the men and women chanting next to his coffin,” Ariel Dorfman confesses. In addition to the documentary, "The Death of Pablo Neruda," this multimedia work includes an essay, “From Beyond the Grave,” by Dorfman, poetry by Martín Espada and Idra Novey, and a translation of Neruda’s poem “XII from The Heights of Macchu Picchu” by Mark Eisner.

VQR Nominated for Four National Magazine Awards

January 15, 2015

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today recognized the Virginia Quarterly Review with four nominations for its prestigious National Magazine Awards—the magazine world’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. VQR was named as a finalist [...]

Earth Day Reading from VQR

April 22, 2014

The Sweet Spot in Time by Sylvia A. Earle: Why the ocean matters to everyone, everywhere The Accidental Beekeeper by Benjamin Rachlin, photography by Peter Frank Edwards: What is the origin of the honey at your local farmer's market [...]