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Jon Parrish Peede

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).


A Note to Our Readers and Contributors

January 23, 2015 | Articles

For personal reasons, W. Ralph Eubanks has decided to leave the team of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Ralph brought his unique talents, commitment, and dedication to the magazine, and has made substantial contributions as Editor of VQR, with four National Magazine Award nominations during his tenure, including one for General Excellence in the Literature, Science, and Politics category.

Claudia Emerson and the Natural World

December 8, 2014 | Essays

Though she received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for a collection of deeply personal poems, one of Claudia Emerson’s finest gifts was for inhabiting the voices of others, creating essentially a Spoon River Anthology for rural Virginia.

People & Place

Summer 2013 | Editor's Desk

love the summer issues of commercial magazines with their exotic vacation escapes. Notwithstanding the crass product placement of beachwear, they are welcoming at a time of the year when we need to recharge. Certainly, the VQR staff wants our magazine to be welcoming, too, regardless of how much it differs from our glossy cousins on the newsstand. In this issue, you will find the characteristic summer fare of stories set in far-​flung locales, but with our distinctive editorial treatment.

The Past Is Not Even Past

Spring 2013 | Editor's Desk

In this issue, we have called upon innovative thinkers to write about where literature is headed as a field and business. We wanted essays that were well reasoned, however speculative in nature. We wanted them to be aggressive, even edgy, yet fair and defendable not just on their merits but their facts. Toward that end, we open with a thought-provoking lead essay by Richard Nash.

Ralph Eubanks Selected as VQR Editor

May 1, 2013 | Editor's Desk

We are proud to announce that W. Ralph Eubanks has been selected as editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. Ralph will shape the content for the print and digital magazine, website, and future e-books and will provide creative direction to our organization.

Winter 2013: Classic Hollywood

Notes From the Dream Factory

Winter 2013 | Editor's Desk

From the eclipsed icons of silent film to the stars of Bollywood, from the set of a breakout, made-for-tv movie to how the publicity game is played, from Walt Disney’s Snow White to Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, we have tried to provide an insightful glimpse at how screenwriters, illustrators, actors, stunt persons, producers, directors, and crews bring words and images to life on the silver screen.

Counting Women

October 8, 2012 | Editor's Desk

In recent years, the organization VIDA—Women in the Literary Arts has tallied the number of female and male contributors to leading cultural magazines. It’s called The Count. The findings are shocking: 20-30 percent of contributors to publications such as Harper’s, the Atlantic, and the New Yorker are female. For VQR, this year’s count is 49.

Congratulations to Natasha Trethewey for Her Appointment as U.S. Poet Laureate

June 7, 2012 | Editor's Desk

We are proud to announce that VQR contributing editor Natasha Trethewey has been named the Poet Laureate of the United States. “Natasha Trethewey is an outstanding poet/historian in the mold of Robert Penn Warren, our first Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry," Librarian of Congress James Billington stated. "Her poems dig beneath the surface of history—personal or communal, from childhood or from a century ago—to explore the human struggles that we all face.”

Ted Genoways Steps Down to Focus on His Writing Career

April 4, 2012 | Editor's Desk

As our readers realize, we underwent a staff transition at VQR over the past two years and at times had only one employee, Ted Genoways, selecting and editing the magazine’s content. Thus, it is remarkable that VQR received three National Magazine Awards nominations this year, including one for general excellence.

VQR Nominated for Three National Magazine Awards

April 3, 2012 | Editor's Desk

The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) today honored the Virginia Quarterly Review with three nominations for its prestigious National Magazine Awards—the magazine world's equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes. VQR, edited by Ted Genoways, was named as a finalist in three categories: General Excellence, Fiction, and Photography.

Jane Friedman Joins VQR as Web Editor

April 2, 2012 | Editor's Desk

As publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, it’s my pleasure to announce the appointment of Jane Friedman as Web Editor. Friedman, the former publisher and editorial director of Writer’s Digest, will join our staff in June to develop online and digital content and a larger social media presence for VQR.

Peeking in on the Magic

December 14, 2011 | Editor's Desk

I have been fortunate to peek in on the tireless creation of “Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now,” a short film by Maisie Crow with production assistance from frequent VQR contributor Jesse Dukes. Their poignant video complements a superb work of narrative journalism, “The Resurrection” by Maria P. Vassileva with Crow's photographs, in our Fall 2011 print issue.