Winter 2022

The Winter issue brings together a range of provocative work distinguished by risk-taking and uncommon perspectives on familiar themes. Scholar Ed Pavlić reflects on the meaning of his insistence to live a racially nonbinary life, a nuanced self-definition that defies the polarized racial categories of contemporary American culture. Elsa Julien Lora addresses an all-too-common but woefully under-discussed health-care issue among Black women—uterine fibroids—as a vehicle for an intricate meditation on Black maternal health care and female legacy. Photographer Kris Graves approaches the catastrophe of California’s wildfires almost counterintuitively, long after the blazes are out, to build a visual narrative of the landscape’s uneasy new normal. Fiction by Farah Ali, Kalani Pickhart, and Jenzo DuQue takes us from student protests in Karachi to Ukraine in the Second World War to tense US–Colombia relations around the turn of the twenty-first century in Cartagena. Meghan Flaherty dives into the strange trend of ecosexual marketing online, while Kate Zambreno finds symmetry in—of all places—the monkey house of a Paris zoo. Megan Buskey and Dionne Ford contribute to the #VQRTrueStory project; columnists Jim Coan (Drawing It Out), Raj Telhan (Human Practice), Laura Kolbe (Art & the Archive), and Anuj Shrestha (Open Letter) return; and poetry by Diedrick Brackens, Martín Espada, Dave Lucas, and Lisa Russ Spaar.
Winter 2022

Volume 98, Number 4

Virginia Quarterly Review, Winter 2022 cover
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Table of contents

Essays 
Photography 
Fiction 
Poetry 
#VQRTrueStory 
Art & The Archive 
Editor's Desk 
Open Letter 
Drawing It Out 

Contributor Profiles

Diedrick Brackens is a poet and visual artist based in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in Fourway Review, Boulevard, and the lickety~split.

Kris Graves is an artist and publisher based in New York and California.

Elsa Julien Lora is a doctoral candidate in African and African American studies at Harvard University and is a student at Yale Law School.

Ed Pavlić has authored more than a dozen books written across and between genres, most recently: Call It in the Air: Poems (Milkweed, 2022); Outward: Adrienne Rich’s Expanding Solitudes (Minnesota UP, 2021); Another Kind

Kalani Pickhart is the author of I Will Die in a Foreign Land (Two Dollar Radio, 2022), winner of the 2022 New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award and long-listed for the Virginia Commonwealth University Cabell First Nov

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