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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman is the web editor of VQR; in a prior life, she was the publisher of Writer’s Digest. She speaks frequently at publishing industry conferences on how the digital age is affecting writers and authorship. She’s active on Twitter (@JaneFriedman) and Google Plus.


Seventy-Two Hours on the Future of Publishing (Day 2)

October 11, 2013 | Essays

VQR’s web editor, Jane Friedman, is at Frankfurt Book Fair this week participating in a seventy-two-hour project to write a book on the future of publishing. Read her earlier post on Day 1, as well as Is Self-Publishing the Most Importa [...]

An Appreciation of Alice Munro

October 10, 2013 | Editor's Desk

Alice Munro has just been announced as the 2013 Nobel Prize winner in Literature. VQR is proud to have published Munro's work, as well as a symposium on Munro. Here's a listing of what's freely available in our archives: "Home" (2006) by Alice M [...]

Please Take Our 2013 Reader Survey

September 30, 2013 | Editor's Desk

If you read VQR in print or digitally, through our website, at a library—or even borrowed from a friend—we'd be very grateful for your feedback on what you read and enjoy in our pages. It will help educate us about our readership and influen [...]

Take a Tour of Hollywood Movie Ranches

April 5, 2013 | Articles

View Hollywood Movie Ranches in a larger map The following post is part of our online companion to our Winter 2013 issue on Classic Hollywood. If you've ever wondered where your favorite Western was filmed, or wanted to visit the set locatio [...]

VQR Instapoetry Kicks Off Today

April 1, 2013 | Editor's Desk

As we announced in January, VQR is starting an Instapoetry series: brief poems of 14 lines or fewer, designed to be shared and distributed across social networks. Follow us on any of the following sites to read the poems as they're posted. (Expect [...]

VQR Work Nominated for 6 Pushcart Prizes

March 4, 2013 | Editor's Desk

We're very happy to announce that five VQR contributors have been nominated for a total of 6 Pushcart Prizes this year. They are: Marian Palaia For her short story Củ Chi (Fall 2012) Victoria Chang For her poetry suite in the Fall 201 [...]

Being a Creative Person in an Ever-Changing Digital Age

January 4, 2013 | Interviews

Is the Internet (and digital gadgetry) killing the novel, literary life and deep thinking? Do we live in an era of information abundance and opportunity—or an era of information overload and distraction? As another UVA publication, Hedgehog Revi [...]

Announcing the VQR Instapoetry Series

January 2, 2013 | Editor's Desk

As part of a poetry publishing experiment, VQR is launching an Instapoetry series, to which all poets are invited to submit poems for consideration. What is the Instapoetry series? Brief poems of 14 lines or fewer, designed to be shared a [...]

The Best Writing in VQR in 2012

December 18, 2012 | Editor's Desk

To honor the best writing to appear in our pages each year, VQR created The Emily Clark Balch Prize and the Staige D. Blackford Prize. The VQR Prize for Photography was created to recognize the best photo essay to appear in VQR. Each prize includes [...]

A Range of Perspectives on Feminism & The Female Conscience

November 30, 2012 | Editor's Desk

Throughout the past two months, we've been featuring a range of voices on feminism, to complement our Fall 2012 issue on The Female Conscience. Here's a handy list of related pieces we've posted since that issue's release. What Is Feminism? series [...]

How the Education of Girls Can Change the World

November 27, 2012 | Reporting

 Senna, fourteen, sells her gelatins in a Peruvian town that's the highest human habitation in the world. Since her father’s death, this—and her mother’s work crushing rock—represents her family’s only income. In our Fall 2012 iss [...]

Do Men and Women Live in Irreconcilable Moral Universes?

November 13, 2012 | Editor's Desk

Our Fall 2012 issue, The Female Conscience, leads with a piece that questions whether there IS a female conscience, by Jean Bethke Elshtain. She writes: Does difference mean that a male and a female live in irreconcilable moral universes and wil [...]

The Saudi Woman Who Dared to Drive

November 8, 2012 | Editor's Desk

Manal al-Sharif was born in Saudi Arabia in 1979. That means, for her entire life in her country: •  She was covered from head to toe in public •  Separation between genders was strictly enforced •  There were no sports for wo [...]

Bartering Sex for Modernity on the Amazon

November 1, 2012 | Editor's Desk

  The small village of São Francisco da Jararaca, located on the island of Marajó, on the Amazonian Delta   Our Fall 2012 issue offers a photo feature on the river women of Brazil by Nadia Shira Cohen. In the small town of Jararaca [...]

Why the Ocean Matters to Everyone, Everywhere

October 30, 2012 | Editor's Desk

In the Fall 2012 issue of VQR, we are proud to feature an article from Sylvia A. Earle, the former Chief Scientist of U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress and the fir [...]

Harvard Professor Stephen Burt on His Life as a Girl

October 23, 2012 | Editor's Desk

  Stephen Burt in Harvard Square | Gillian Laub for The New York Times   In the Fall 2012 issue, we are honored to feature an essay from Harvard professor Stephen Burt on his cross-dressing. He says: What follows are tentative ans [...]

Innovative Serial Fiction in an App: Q&A with Eli Horowitz

October 11, 2012 | Interviews

This month, a new experiment in digital storytelling has launched: The Silent History. Described as a serialized, exploratory novel for iPad and iPhone, this stand-alone app delivers brief installments to your iOS device over a period of six months. [...]

An Inside Look at Burma From VQR

August 2, 2012 | Editor's Desk

  Shwedagon Spire (Burma), photo by Christopher Bartlett   Our Summer 2012 issue features original reporting on and from Burma. Since 1996, Burma has asked foreigners to stay away, but independent travel has been encouraged fol [...]

14 Writing Prompts + 10 Resources

July 30, 2012 | Editor's Desk

Last week, we asked you to share your favorite writing prompts or exercises—and more than 70 of you responded via the blog, Facebook, and Twitter! Thank you. The randomly selected winner of the Miro journals is Catherine Campbell. Below, we've s [...]

The Underlying Problem With Poetry Today

July 25, 2012 | Editor's Desk

In our Spring 2012 issue, Willard Spiegelman contributed an essay, "Has Poetry Changed? The View From the Editor's Desk", which discusses how poetry has changed over the years. Poet Guy Gonzalez (who works in publishing by day), has writt [...]

What’s Your Favorite Writing Prompt or Exercise?

July 23, 2012 | Editor's Desk

While catching up on New Yorkers this weekend, I ran across a delightful piece by Rebecca Mead, "Earnest." (Read it online.) It's about Jeff Nunokawa, who writes one Facebook note per day. Mead writes: Nunokawa typically takes a literary quotation [...]

The State of American Poetry

July 16, 2012 | Editor's Desk

Our Spring 2012 issue focuses on contemporary American poetry—not to proclaim it as some forlorn bulwark against dumbed-down public discourse (as Ted Genoways writes in his editor's note), but as evidence of what a few well-rendered lines can sti [...]