Paul Reyes, the editor of VQR, a "national journal of literature & discussion," will give the insider's view of running an esteemed literary journal, pitching, getting published, and more.
Paul Reyes is VQR's Editor and is the author of Exiles in Eden: Life Among the Ruins of Florida's Great Recession (2010). He has published several articles in VQR, including “Opportunity Knocks,” his essay about the Miami organization Take Back the Land, which was a finalist for a Harry Chapin Media Award. His writing—which has appeared in Harper's, The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, and The Oxford American—has also earned him a nomination for a National Magazine Award in Feature Writing as well as a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For three quarters of a century, the Virginia Quarterly Review has been a haven for the best essayists, fiction writers, and poets. If it could be approached through essay or discussion, poetry or prose, VQR has covered it. VQR's distinguished history has included: essays from H. L. Mencken, Allen Tate, Bertrand Russell, Eleanor Roosevelt, Harry Ashmore, C. Vann Woodward, Cleanth Brooks, and Dumas Malone; stories from Thomas Wolfe, Katherine Anne Porter, Peter Taylor, Ward Just, Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Olen Butler, and Ann Beattie; poems from the likes of Robert Penn Warren, Robert Frost, Conrad Aiken, Marianne Moore, Randall Jarrell, James Dickey, and Rita Dove. And VQR has not only published the most celebrated names of contemporary writing; equally it has welcomed writers whose names were unknown until they appeared in its pages. VQR hews to one simple standard in its selection of writers: excellence.
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