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2019 VQR Writers’ Conference

March 19, 2019

The sixth annual VQR Writers’ Conference takes place June 24-29, 2019, on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Our conference is designed for serious writers at all stages of their careers looking for inspiration [...]

The VQR Count

June 19, 2018

  Every year we like to do an internal audit of gender parity in our pages. This count includes every contributor—from poets to reporters, from fiction writers to photographers (and, of course, our beloved illustrators). Basically, if they go [...]

2018 VQR Writers’ Conference

February 26, 2018

  APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY JUNE 1, 2018   The fifth annual VQR Writers’ Conference takes place July 30-August 4, 2018, on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Our conference is designed for s [...]

Illustration by Anna Shuleit Haber

VQR Welcomes New Poetry Editor Gregory Pardlo

June 30, 2017

VQR is proud to welcome Pulitzer Prize–winner Gregory Pardlo as its new poetry editor. Pardlo, a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow for Poetry, is the author of Totem, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize, Digest, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and the forthcoming Air Traffic, a memoir in essays.

Paul Reyes Named VQR Editor

October 4, 2016

Siva Vaidhyanathan, director of the Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia, announced today the appointment of Paul Reyes as editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Reyes, who joined VQR in 2012 and has served as deputy editor since 2013, is the tenth editor in the magazine’s ninety-two-year history.  

VQR Thanks Outgoing Publisher Jon Parrish Peede

September 28, 2016

Virginia Quarterly Review Publisher Jon Parrish Peede, who has led the publication for the past five years, has resigned effective September 30 to return to his writing career, nonprofit consulting, and arts advocacy. 

This year, Peede oversaw the operational transition of VQR from the office of the Vice President for Research to the newly established Center for Media and Citizenship at the University of Virginia. Media Studies Professor Siva Vaidhyanathan, the founding director of the center, thanked Peede for his service to the publication.

“Jon Peede has served VQR with creativity and commitment through much transition,” Vaidhyanathan said. “He served during a time of great financial pressure on magazines. Throughout his time with VQR, the magazine published some of the finest prose, fiction, poetry, and photography in the world.”

Democracy, Debates, and Daughters

September 26, 2016

Tonight my ten-year-old daughter will beg us to stay up until 11 p.m. so she can watch the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. And we might relent. But it breaks my heart. Long before I had a child, back when I thou [...]

Photo by Gary Honis

Night Moves

July 5, 2016

In "Night Moves," Amanda Petrusich visits Cherry Springs State Park, a Pennsylvania swath of night sky, where light pollution and fracking threaten the existence of one of the darkest places in America.