Summer 2021

Our Summer issue deconstructs notions of leisure and freedom. In our cover story, Erika Meitner and Anna Maria Barry-Jester ruminate on Miami’s changing landscape as sea levels rise. Elias Rodriques observes a mother’s complicated repatriation to Jamaica; Rachel Greenwald Smith confronts privilege in lockdown; and Terrance Hayes imagines a Jasper Johns exhibit within a radically transformed White House art space. Other features include a portfolio of Elise Engler’s daily illustrations of the news; fiction by Claire Boyles, Nina MacLaughlin, and Erin Kate Ryan; and poetry by Ama Codjoe, Airea D. Matthews, Christopher Soto, and Tomás Q. Morín.
Summer 2021

Volume 97, Number 2

Virginia Quarterly Review, Summer 2021 cover
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Table of contents

Editor's Desk 
On Becoming 
Open Letter 
Fine Distinctions 
Human Practice 
Drawing It Out 

Contributor Profiles

Anna Maria Barry-Jester is a photographer and journalist who focuses on public health, the environment, and inequality.

Terrance Hayes’s most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin, 2018) and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018).

Elias Rodriques is a writer based in Philadelphia. His first novel is All the Water I’ve Seen is Running (Norton, 2021).

Elise Engler’s art consists of meticulous, highly pictorial drawings and paintings that capture and document the material world in its all its myriad details.

Erika Meitner is the author of five books of poems, including Holy Moly Carry Me (BOA Editions, 2018), which was the winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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