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About New Virginia Review
New Virginia Review, Inc., founded in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1978, is a state-wide, not-for-profit, literary arts organization based in Richmond. Its mission is the cultivation and development of informed and passionate audiences for literature through publication, education, and promotion. For more than twenty-five years, New Virginia Review has published new writers and sought ways for literature to reach new readers. We are Virginia’s only organization devoted solely to serving serious literature, and we have benefited from the support of Virginius Dabney, Tom Wolfe, Peter Taylor, Charles Wright, Lee Smith, and other noted Virginia writers.

New Virginia Review Programs
New fiction and poetry:
New Virginia Review has long been respected for publishing writers as diverse as Toni Morrison, Jill McCorkle, and Philip Levine. Our major venue for new fiction and poetry is Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, which is published in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of English and in which we are setting a standard for online literary publication. (Blackbird launched on April 15, 2002.).

These occasional essays of introduction feature writers who are visiting Richmond under our aegis. They are designed to provide a general reader with a context for approaching contemporary writing. An expanded version of the pamphlet serves as a teachers’ guide for author visits with Virginia high-school students.

Public readings:
Poetic Principles at the Library of Virginia, Richmond’s only reading series designed with the community in mind, presents noted writers for readings and residencies. Fresh Ink, presented in partnership with the Visual Arts Center, the Library of Virginia, and Chop Suey Bookstore, introduces emerging writers in readings featuring poetry, fiction, and chapbook authors.

Previous and Current Education Programs

Go Read:
New Virginia Review was a sponsor of Richmond's “one city, one book” program.

Writers in the Classroom:
These programs take visiting writers and their books into Richmond-area classrooms for discussion about their work and literature in general. We also send young writers to Richmond schools for short residencies designed to support teachers in their efforts to create effective readers and writers.

Supporting the poetic legacy of Larry Levis:
New Virginia Review works with the Levis family and the VCU Cabell Library to maintain visibility for the poetry of the late Larry Levis.

New Virginia Review
P.O. Box 4884
Richmond, VA 23220
804.543.1329  nvr