Jon Peede is the publisher of VQR. From 2007 to 2011, he was Director of Literature Grants for the National Endowment for the Arts, where he directed funding to writers, translators, publications, and literary organizations. In addition to directing the Big Read program for two years, Peede served as Counselor to NEA Chairman Dana Gioia from 2003 to 2007. He was the founding director of the NEA’s Operation Homecoming program, which resulted in the largest literary archive of US troop writing from Iraq and Afghanistan. He co-edited Inside the Church of Flannery O’Connor (2008).