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Join us for The Northern Virginia Review’s 30th Anniversary Launch Celebration

Thursday, March 24, from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM in Seminar Rooms A to D in the Ernst Cultural Center (CE Building) of NOVA’s  Annandale Campus.

Our keynote speaker will be internationally acclaimed storyteller Richard Bausch, who will read from his most recent novel Before, During, After (2014). The novel tells the story of a newly engaged couple whose relationship is upended by September 11 and deeper, personal crises “distorted and subsumed by the national disaster” (Washington Post).

photo by Jebb Harris

Bausch is the author of twelve novels and eight collections of short stories, including Something Is Out There, Peace, and Hello to the Cannibals. He is the past recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and many others. He is also the editor of the Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Bausch is currently a professor of creative writing at Chapman University in Orange, California.

Bausch’s reading will followed by a question-and-answer session.


The Northern Virginia Review presents outstanding original fiction, poetry, essays, fine art and photography from the Mid-Atlantic region and the faculty, staff, and alumni of Northern Virginia Community College. It is published in a handsome print edition each March.

Now in its 30th year, TNVR was originally founded to showcase the talents of Northern Virginia Community College’s faculty. In 2006, we expanded submissions and now publish the best work of noted and emerging regional writers and artists. We intend each issue to be saved and re-read and valued for the variety of voices that connect us to our common humanity.

All published work is eligible for best-in-genre cash prizes, awarded each spring at a reception to launch the new edition and honor its contributors. For the reception, we bring in guest speakers who are at the top of their field. Recent nationally known speakers have included, T. R. Hummer, David Baldacci, Sydney Blumenthal, and Claudia Emerson.

The submissions period for the 2016 edition is now closed. Submissions for the 2017 edition will open July 15, 2016. For detailed guidelines, see the Submissions link.

Editorial Board

  • Nicholas E. Bomba
  • Adam Chiles
  • Jen Daniels
  • Steven Drasner, Managing Editor
  • J. Indigo Eriksen, Blog Editor
  • Jonathan Harvey
  • Bryan Peters
  • Meredith Reynolds
  • Charles W. Scarborough, Jr.
  • Ruth Stewart, Editor-in-Chief
  • LeeAnn Thomas
  • Nicole Tong, Associate Editor
  • Julia Turner, Art Editor

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