Skip to main content

Buy Single Issues

Spring 2017

Paths to Refuge

Volume 93, Number 2

A special project on Europe’s migration crisis, on both the perilous journey and life inside the destination. A story of assimilation, of the bureaucratic limbo, of strangers in a strange land settling into something more awkwardly, unexpectedly permanent.

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Winter 2017

Ideas of North

Volume 93, Number 1

Variations on a theme—from the subarctic up to the heavens, across borders and off the grid. We begin in the north we expect and drift confidently elsewhere, exploring not just the idea of knowing where you are, or where you aren’t, but who else notices.

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Fall 2016

Street Life

Volume 92, Number 4

For this issue, we assem­bled pieces that glean from the built environ­ment, be it a capital or backwater, a suburb or pop-up village. The backdrops range from Los Angeles to Buenos Aires, from Miami to Col­orado Springs. What links them are variations on the theme of civic engagement, as well as the idea that the public sphere contains its own imaginative force, born of agitation and a sense of order, imagination and goodwill. Altogether, the takeaway is as much about models for governing as where to find the sublime.

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Summer 2016

Animals Real & Imagined

Volume 92, Number 3

Our summer issue explores a big, almost unwieldy question: How do we better understand ourselves through the animals around us? The question is a layered one, invested with themes of stewardship, responsibility, imagination, devotion, even citizenship.

This summer, on a weekly basis, we’ll be rolling out new content  from a variety of genres—from reporting to poetry, fiction to photography. To keep up, we encourage you to sign up for VQR’s e-mail newsletter. Of course, if you prefer to dive into the entire issue at once, we’d love for you to subscribe.

 

 

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Spring 2016

Volume 92, Number 2

  • Abby Rabinowitz on the business of surrogacy in India
  • Douglas Fox on charting the unseen waters of Antarctica
  • Bronwen Dickey on pit bulls, devotion, and winning the Schutzhund
  • Pia Z. Ehrhardt on moving Mother out of the house
  • Juan Herrero on Rwanda’s opportunity culture
  • Justin Nobel on pteropods, sentinels of the sea
  • Emily Maloney on a health-care worker’s crushing medical debt
  • Garrard Conley on surviving conversion therapy
  • Karen Palmer on a manual for monsters
  • Fiction by Pamela Erens, Kelli Jo Ford, Jon Hickey, and Stephen King
  • Poetry by Natalie Bakopoulos, Paula Brancato, Cally Conan-Davies, Suji Kwock Kim, 
  • Yahia Lababidi, Michael Lind, Dave Lucas, Jennie Malboeuf, Yehoshua November
  • Criticism by Michelle Orange, Lisa Russ Spaar, and Allison Wright
  • Amateur Hour by Joshua Foer
  • #VQRTrueStory by Rachel Cohen, Lili Loofbourow, Danica Novgorodoff, and Jeff Sharlet
  • Notes to Self  by Hannah Tinti
  • Fine Distinctions by Gregory McNamee
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Winter 2016

Volume 92, Number 1

  • Jen Choi on a lifetime erased by fire
  • Tracy O’Neill on single adoptive fathers
  • Jason Florio on rescuing refugees at sea
  • Elisabeth Donnelly on the evolving state of synchronized swimming
  • Scott Korb on what’s good for you
  • Suzanne Koven on medical memoirs
  • Robert S. Brunk on shape-note singing
  • Rowan Moore Gerety on comics as insurrection
  • Claire Schwartz interviews Rita Dove
  • Fiction by Rachel Farrell, Sara Majka, Chris Offutt, and Jamie Quatro
  • Poetry by Susan Eisenberg, Dana Gioia, David Mason, Christina Olson, Chelsea Rathburn, Brian Turner, and Kevin Young
  • Criticism by Josh Cook, Debra Nystrom, and Michelle Orange
  • #VQRTrueStory by Lauren Markham and Meera Subramanian
  • Amateur Hour by Jack Hitt
  • Notes to Self by John Wray
  • Fine Distinctions by Gregory McNamee
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Fall 2015

Volume 91, Number 4

  • Howard Axelrod on a transformative injury
  • Gaurav Raj Telhan on medical school’s most gruesome rite of passage
  • Amanda Giracca on falconry in America
  • Jenna Krajeski on the political idealism of Syria’s Kurds
  • Fiction Suite: Happy Families Are All Alike
    • Works by Taylor Antrim, Richard Bausch, Ann Beattie, Elliott Holt, and Praveen Krishna
  • Julia Cooke on art and activism at Havana’s Twelfth Biennial
  • Dawn Whitmore photographs female bodybuilders
  • Nadia Shira Cohen and Paulo Siqueira photograph Brazil’s endangered professions
  • Poetry by David Lehman, Michael Shewmaker, and A. E. Stallings
  • Criticism by Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr., Pamela Erens, John Lingan, and S. Kirk Walsh 
  • Amateur Hour by Joshua Foer
  • Talisman by Dani Shapiro
  • Fine Distinctions by Gregory McNamee
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Summer 2015

California and the Imagination

Volume 91, Number 3

  • David L. Ulin on finding inspiration in the Golden State
  • Peter Trachtenberg on the most famous tiger in Hollywood
  • Gabriel Thompson on the new Joads
  • Lili Loofbourow on the legacy of Chileans in California
  • Duncan Murrell on one of the world’s biggest fireworks competitions
  • Rosamond Purcell and Dennis Purcell on Pacific Coast Highway iPhonography
  • Matt Black on the geography of poverty
  • Tabitha Soren on baseball and Manifest Destiny
  • Jon Christensen on artist Lauren Bon
  • Ryan Bradley on radio host Art Laboe
  • Carolyn Kellogg on political activist Jodie Evans
  • Porochista Khakpour on the perils of New Age cures
  • Camille T. Dungy on the returns of working motherhood
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti on traveling in the US and Mexico
  • Theodore Gioia on San Franciscans’ gastronomic piety
  • Matthew Dischinger talks with Percival Everett
  • Fiction by Val Brelinski, Alex Espinoza, Todd James Pierce, Karolina Waclawiak, and Claire Vaye Watkins
  • Poetry by Victoria Chang, Brendan Constantine, Dana Gioia, Douglas Kearney, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Luis J. Rodriguez, Kay Ryan, and Tess Taylor
  • Criticism by Robert H. Brinkmeyer Jr., Michelle Nijhuis, Debra Nystrom, and Rebecca Onion
  • Amateur Hour by Jack Hitt
  • Talisman by MariNaomi
  • Mapping by Jenny Odell
  • Fine Distinctions by Gregory McNamee
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Spring 2015

Food In Our Time

Volume 91, Number 2

  • Erik Vance on the perils of the shark trade
  • Sierra Crane-Murdoch on working the sugar-beet harvest
  • Colleen Kinder on Iceland’s rancid culinary celebration
  • Jason Motlagh on Cuba’s ice-cream craze
  • James Conaway on Napa Valley and the Jeffersonian ideal
  • Lauren Markham on how chefs claim their creative turf on Instagram
  • Jessica B. Harris on what historical postcards teach us about foodways
  • Kevin Young on an unlikely civil-rights hero
  • Bill McCullough on the American wedding
  • Pamela Erens on eating and the pleasure of denial
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan on authentic South Indian food
  • Fiction by Sarah Frisch, Ross McMeekin, Andrew Malan Milward, and Deborah Willis
  • Poetry by Michael Bazzett, F. Douglas Brown, Ansel Elkins, Brooks Haxton, Linda Pastan, Todd Portnowitz, Maggie Smith, and Crystal Williams
  • Criticism by Scott Korb and James McWilliams
  • Amateur Hour by Jack Hitt
  • Talisman by Amy Bloom
  • Mapping by Megan Suau
  • Fine Distinctions by Gregory McNamee
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Winter 2015

The Cold War, Center Stage

Volume 91, Number 1

  • Alison Stine on a forgotten folk-music genius
  • Dimiter Kenarov and Boryana Katsarova on a Russian-language theater in occupied Crimea
  • Kwame Dawes and Andre Lambertson on confronting HIV/AIDS and shame in Jamaica
  • Ricardo Nuila on health care for undocumented immigrants
  • Preston Lauterbach on Beale Street’s influence on Faulkner’s Sanctuary
  • Liesl Schillinger on her midwestern Soviet childhood
  • Thomas Chatterton Williams on race and modern identity
  • Ishion Hutchinson talks with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott
  • Fiction by Charles Baxter, Tiffany Briere, Aaron Gwyn, and Amanda Korman
  • Poetry by Mark Conway, Alexa Mergen, David Petruzelli, Kim Roberts, Nicholas Samaras, and Lisa Russ Spaar
  • Criticism by John Domini and William Giraldi
  • Amateur Hour by Joshua Foer
  • Talisman by Andre Dubus III
  • Mapping by Haisam Hussein
  • Fine Distinctions by Gregory McNamee
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Fall 2014

Breaking Through

Volume 90, Number 4

  • New Voices in Fiction
  • Five Photographers to Watch
  • Mark Edmundson on his paint-factory education
  • Stephen Goodwin on a promising young writer’s rise and fall
  • Philip Kennicott on the depiction of gay males in twentieth-century literature
  • Dax-Devlon Ross on the role of race in jury selection in North Carolina
  • Joshua Hersh on Syria’s forsaken refugee camp
  • Roxane Gay on the price of black ambition
  • Poetry by David Baker, F. Douglas Brown, Jehanne Dubrow, Jacques J. Rancourt, and Maggie Smith
  • Criticism by Rebecca Onion, Cynthia Shearer, and Lisa Russ Spaar
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Summer 2014

Volume 90, Number 3

  • Chris Berdik on the future of Cambodia’s most vital waterway
  • Lisa M. Hamilton on the Open Source Seed Initiative’s radical plan
  • Esther Kaplan on a bitter truth about American manufacturing
  • Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah on tangled multigenerational secrets
  • Jesse Dukes on Civil War reenactors and Southern identity
  • Fiction by Richard Bausch, Adam Boucher, and Josh Weil
  • Poetry by Jill Bialosky, Chanda Feldman, John Freeman, T J Jarrett, and Brian Sneeden
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Spring 2014

Volume 90, Number 2

  • Jason Motlagh on the worst accident in the history of the garment industry, plus Atish Saha’s photographs of a Bangladesh factory disaster
  • Leslie Jamison on female pain
  • Lawrence Weschler on how artist Fred Tomaselli finds visual poetry in the news
  • Carlene Bauer on the intersection of faith and fiction
  • Gina LeVay on female matadors
  • Fiction by Elizabeth Eshelman, Elizabeth McCracken, and Thomas Pierce
  • Poetry by Rita Dove, Celia Dropkin, Kip Knott, Paul Legault, Amit Majmudar, and Joseph Voth
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Winter 2014

Volume 90, Number 1

  • The art and life of Gabriel Orozco, by Julia Cooke
  • Poetry as a cultural force, by Natasha Tretheway
  • A voice for women in India, by Meera Subramanian
  • A troubling holiday tradition in the Netherlands, by Emily Raboteau
  • Fiction by Steven Amsterdam, Chris Offutt, Lara Vapnyar and Paula Whyman
  • Poetry by Peter Balakian, Stephen Burt, Katie Ford, Nathaniel Perry, Hayden Saunier, and Wendy Videlock
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Fall 2013

Iconoclasts

Volume 89, Number 4

  • Jeff Sharlet on Harry Belafonte’s unfinished fight
  • Garret Keizer on the enduring power of Motown’s music
  • Lawrence Weschler on David Hockney’s art in the shadow of mortality
  • William Ferris and Eudora Welty on her life and writing
  • Fiction by Lisa Cupolo, Colin Fleming, Allan Gurganus, Bret Anthony Johnston, and Maya Lang
  • Poetry by Greg Alan Brownderville, David Caplan, Danielle Chapman, Rachel Hadas, Linda Pastan, and Kevin Young
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Summer 2013

People & Place

Volume 89, Number 3

  • Garret Keizer on loving his father-in-law
  • Tess Taylor on being a Jefferson descendant
  • Benjamin Rachlin on an iconoclastic beekeeper
  • Audrey Niffenegger on becoming an artist
  • Fiction by Ann Beattie, Brendan Mathews, Joyce Carol Oates, and Tyler Stiem
  • Poetry by Sandra Beasley, Dexter L. Booth, Kevin Hart, Hailey Leithauser, and Tess Taylor
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Spring 2013

The Business of Literature

Volume 89, Number 2

  • Richard Nash on the publishing industry, technology, and future of the book
  • A VQR roundtable with industry innovators on how writers can flourish in the digital age
  • Kevin Young on the damaging impact of fake memoirs
  • Julia Cooke on the fine line between friendship and journalism in Havana
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Winter 2013

Classic Hollywood

Volume 89, Number 1

  • Jesse Dukes on filmmaking in Tunisia from Star Wars through the Arab Spring
  • Chip Hayes on his education on the set of Satan’s School for Girls
  • Photo essays on the Hindi film industry, the architecture of John Lautner, and the lives of stunt doubles
  • New fiction by Vsevolod Benigsen (translated by Reed Johnson), Manuel Gonzales, and N. M. Kelby
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Fall 2012

The Female Conscience

Volume 88, Number 4

What does it mean to have a female conscience? Although it’s hard to put a finger on it, we recognize it in the people around us, and in the women featured in this issue.

  • Marie Arana reports on a girl’s education in a mining town in the Peruvian Andes
  • Judith Warner explores whether too much mothering is bad for us
  • Sylvia A. Earle explores the world’s oceans and sea life
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Summer 2012

Burma Exhales

Volume 88, Number 3

Aung San Suu Kyi and democracy may have pushed Burma from an isolated nation to a potential partner to the rest of the world. Original reporting and photojournalism offer insight into pro-democracy activists, rebel camps, and ruling generals.

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Spring 2012

American Poetry

Volume 88, Number 2

Our special issue on American poetry, featuring:

  • Walt Whitman in Washington, commemorating America’s poet during the Civil War, with essays by David Baker, Linda Gregerson, Stanley Plumly, and Ann Townsend—plus an unpublished letter by Walt Whitman
  • The State of American Poetry: an examination of our splintered traditions
  • William Logan on Elizabeth Bishop at summer camp
  • David Caplan on hip-hop and the art of the rhymed insult
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Winter 2012

The Horn's Dilemma

Volume 88, Number 1

The Horn’s Dilemma: Mogadishu, Hargeisa, Dadaab, Nairobi, & Arusha

  • Jason Florio on facing Mogadishu
  • Tom Sleigh on Somalian refugees in Nairobi
  • Major Jackson’s poems on the Dadaab Refugee Camp
  • Tyler Stiem on Somalia’s struggle toward a democratic future
  • Elliott D. Woods on the Egyptian revolution
  • Anthony Ham on the Libyan revolution
  • Fiction by Daniel Alarcón and Ru Freeman
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Fall 2011

The Soviet Ghost: Twenty Years After the Collapse

Volume 87, Number 4

  • Maria P. Vassileva on Chernobyl’s resurrection
  • Steve Featherstone on loose nukes in Ukraine
  • Jason Motlagh on the Soviet hangover in Belarus
  • Dimiter Kenarov on getting arrested by the KGB
  • Fiction by Alan Heathcock, Kseniya Melnik, and Maggie Shipstead
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Summer 2011

Troubled Waters

Volume 87, Number 3

Our Threatened Fisheries

  • Donovan Webster on Iceland cod fishing
  • Jesse Dukes on lobster fishing in Maine
  • Bart DiFiore on the Atlantic bluefin tuna
  • Ruxandra Guidi on rising sea levels
  • Annie Murphy on the salmon farms of Patagonia
  • Lawrence Weschler on Margaret Wertheim’s crocheted coral reefs
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Spring 2011

Ruin & Rebirth

Volume 87, Number 2

• Elliott D. Woods on Cairo’s trash pickers
• Meera Subramanian on the collapse of India’s vulture population
• J. Malcolm Garcia on the aftereffects of the Balad burn pit
• Paul Reyes on Miami’s condo market
• Poetry by Kwame Dawes and Erika Meitner
• Fiction by Fabrizio Mejía Madrid and Benjamin Percy

Print:

$14.00

Winter 2011

Emerging Photographers

Volume 87, Number 1

Featuring Christopher Capozziello, Maisie Crow, Kevin German, Andrea Gjestvang, Tim Hussin, Ian Nichols, Thomas P. Peschak, Joe Riis, Gabriele Stabile, Susan Worsham

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Fall 2010

The Price of Paperless

Volume 86, Number 4

  • Matthew Power on the lithium mines of Bolivia
  • Delphine Schrank on an open-pit tin mine in the Congo
  • Louie Palu on the hard rock mines of Canada
  • J. Malcolm Garcia on the effects of lead mining in Kosovo
  • Nathaniel Miller on the Berkeley Pit in Montana
  • Fiction by Jennifer Haigh and Samanta Schweblin
  • Poetry by Amy Beeder, Patrick Phillips, and Qin Xiaoyu
Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Summer 2010

Inside Iran

Volume 86, Number 3

• A Special Portfolio of Iranian Writers
• Anthony Ham on the town disappearing into the Sahara
• Kelly Hearn on Peru’s Tiananmen
• Matt Donovan on the Trinity nuclear bomb test
• Fiction by William Malatinsky
• Poetry by Adrienne Rich, William Kloefkorn, and Temple Cone

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Spring 2010

Obama's Afghanistan

Volume 86, Number 2

• J. Malcolm Garcia on the Afghan elections
• Neil Shea on the war in winter
• Joe Sacco on North African refugees in Malta
• Chris Hondros on the earthquake in Haiti
• Dimiter Kenarov on Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo
• Fiction by Paul Theroux
• Poetry by Albert Goldbarth, C.K. Williams, and Ricardo Pau-Llosa

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00

Winter 2010

Special Issue: North Africa

Volume 86, Number 1

• Joe Sacco on North African refugees in Malta
• Anthony Ham on the vanishing elephants of Mali
• Jori Lewis on attempts to save Senegal’s threatened fisheries
• Eric Calderwood on the blind plumber of Tetouan in Morocco
• Dana Romanoff on the wives of God in Ghana
• Nicholas Schmidle on Somali suicide bombers from Minneapolis
• Fiction by Leila Aboulela, Helon Habila, and Nadifa Mohamed

Print:

$14.00

Digital:

$14.00