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Maisie Crow

Maisie Crow works as a director, cinematographer, and documentary photographer. Her most recent film, Jackson, about Mississippi’s last abortion clinic, premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016. Her short film Half-Lives: The Chernobyl Workers Now, released to coincide with the Fall 2011 issue of VQR,won an award from the Overseas Press Club of America. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. 


Artiom Mishko plays in his parent's bedroom with a gas mask that is now nothing more than a toy and a relic of a Soviet era that he does not remember.

The Resurrection

Fall 2011 | Essays

Just outside Chernobyl's exclusion zone, a generation of children has grown up wondering about the future.

Dirty Secrets

Fall 2011 | Reporting

If a dirty bomb attack ever occurs, the radiological material is apt to come from the land of Chernobyl


Photography by Maisie Crow

Susan Orlean’s Notes to Self

Fall 2016 | Articles

A library, of course, makes for a stubborn protagonist in a work of narrative journalism. “The reality is, it’s just different writing about something that has all of the complexity of bureaucracy. I don’t do a lot of stories where I have to go through channels to get the material I want, and I’m not somebody who knows how to game a system to get access to stuff.” Doggedness helped, both in chasing leads and, later, arranging them—fittingly, with one of the indispensible tools of the librarian’s trade.

A Life Alone

Curtains hang in the dining room of Tom Rose's farmhouse.Tom Rose wipes a tear from his eye while reminiscing about his wife who passed away. The two were married for sixty-three years, and Tom continues to struggle with her loss.Correspondence betwe [...]