Winter 2021

VQR’s Winter 2021 issue engages questions of identity—how we perceive ourselves and others, and how those perceptions change. In one essay, Peter Trachtenberg reassesses his understanding of his father’s migration story—and by extension the man himself—through documents he inherited after his father’s death, comparing the ink on the page to the man in the flesh that he knew. Lars Horn’s essay turns the microscope inward, to look at self-transformation and self-discovery, brought to the fore through an unexpected pilgrimage. In a wry, shrewd memoiristic essay, JoAnna Novak reflects on the suspended joys of excess by realizing, to her surprise, that what she longs for in the midst of the pandemic is the luxuriously open-ended all-you-can-eat buffet. These pieces are complemented by others on one-dimensional narratives, the unreality of social media intimacy, the transformative power of tragedy in youth, and even the unexpected rebirth of an idyllic landscape that had been written off as a site of environmental ruin long ago.

Winter 2021

Volume 97, Number 4

Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 2021 cover
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Table of contents

On Becoming 
Editor's Desk 

Contributor Profiles

Lydia Conklin has received a Stegner Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, three Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Writing Fulbright in Poland, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and fellowships from Emory, MacDowell,

Jade Doskow is a New York–based architectural and landscape photographer best known for her works Lost Utopias, Freshkills, and Red Hook.

Rebecca Hazelton is an award-winning poet, writer, critic, and editor. Her first book, Fair Copy (Ohio State, 2012), won the Wheeler Prize from Ohio State University Press.

Hannah Reyes Morales contributes photography and writing to the New York Times, the Washington Post, and National Geographic, among others.

Peter Trachtenberg is the author of 7 Tattoos: A Memoir in the Flesh (Penguin, 1998), The Book of Calamities: Five Questions About Suffering and Its Meaning (Little, Brown and Company, 2008), and Another Insane Devo

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