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Winter 2016

Winter 2016

Volume 92, Number 1

  • Jen Choi on a lifetime erased by fire
  • Tracy O’Neill on single adoptive fathers
  • Jason Florio on rescuing refugees at sea
  • Elisabeth Donnelly on the evolving state of synchronized swimming
  • Scott Korb on what’s good for you
  • Suzanne Koven on medical memoirs
  • Robert S. Brunk on shape-note singing
  • Rowan Moore Gerety on comics as insurrection
  • Claire Schwartz interviews Rita Dove
  • Fiction by Rachel Farrell, Sara Majka, Chris Offutt, and Jamie Quatro
  • Poetry by Susan Eisenberg, Dana Gioia, David Mason, Christina Olson, Chelsea Rathburn, Brian Turner, and Kevin Young
  • Criticism by Josh Cook, Debra Nystrom, and Michelle Orange
  • #VQRTrueStory by Lauren Markham and Meera Subramanian
  • Amateur Hour by Jack Hitt
  • Notes to Self by John Wray
  • Fine Distinctions by Gregory McNamee
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West African migrants discovered near the Bouri offshore field.

Out of the Sea

In 2015, some 1 million migrants and refugees entered Europe as they fled instability in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa. We felt compelled to try to reset the discussion of this crisis. This is how photographer Jason Florio’s portfolio of men, women, and children rescued from the Mediterranean Sea became the cover story of our Winter 2016 issue.

Editor’s Desk









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Author Profiles

Jason Florio is a freelance photojournalist who has worked around the globe for publications including the New Yorker, the New York Times, Outside, Libération, and the Times of London. His photography p

Jamie Quatro is the author of the story collection I Want To Show You More (Grove, 2013), a New York Times Notable Book and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award and National Book Critics Circle John Le

Tracy O’Neill is the author of The Hopeful (Ig, 2015). In 2015, she was named a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Honoree, and in 2012 she was awarded the Center for Fiction’s Emerging Writers Fellowship.