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  • "Dispatch is a new WordPress theme for those independent writers seeking to establish themselves professionally online. In the classic style of online newspaper layouts like NY Times and Portfolio, Dispatch offers minimalist design with an emphasis on whitespace, typography and photography."


  • "Utne Reader has selected VQR as the winner of the top prize in their 2009 Independent Press Awards, the General Excellence award. They were kind enough to write this glowing citation:

    "In 2008 every issue of the Virginia Quarterly Review found its way into our thoughts, our discussions, our issue-planning sessions, and, in the case of the salient, heartbreaking story of a soldier returning from Iraq, “The Life and Lonely Death of Noah Pierce,” onto our pages. VQR’s stories are deeply reported, exquisitely written, and elegantly edited—the sort of articles that make readers want to become writers. The magazine’s graceful design and sumptuous photographs bring the stories and voices to life."

    The prize would be well deserved on the basis of the Noah Pierce story alone.

  • The author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen has spiffed up her website — check it out:

    "Three weeks from today the paperback version of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen arrives in a bookstore near you. And in celebration of the day, I wanted to implement a new, easier-to-read website. Wow, this was harder than birthing a baby — and trust me I know what I’m talking about!"

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