The launch of the 29th edition of The Northern Virginia Review (TNVR) was celebrated March 26 in the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus. TNVR contributors include NOVA faculty, staff and alumni, but the annual publication of essays, fine art, photography, poetry and short stories is also open to anyone in the Mid-Atlantic region.
TNVR Editor-in-Chief Adam Chiles is enthusiastic about the current edition.
“The board and I took immense pleasure in putting together this year’s volume of art, poetry and prose,” said Chiles. “We are so fortunate to have such a talented pool of artists.”
The 13-member TNVR Board of Directors includes Associate Editor Ruth Stewart (MA), Managing Editor Steven Drasner (AN), Art Editor Julia Turner (LO) and Blog Editor Jamee Indigo Eriksen (WO).
The board decides which contributors will win awards in several categories and announce the winners at the launch event.
The winners for Volume 29 are Carina Yun for her poem “On the Anniversary of Your Disappearance,” Dorothy Graff-Kondal for her story “When Calvin Didn’t Come Home” and Wila Friedman for her photograph “Street Art.”
“I trust our readers will not be disappointed with the quality of work contained within the pages of Volume 29,” Chiles said.
The keynote speaker at the launch event was author Justin Martin who discussed his recently released book, “Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians.” The book recounts the lives of a colorful circle of artists, led by Saturday Press Editor Henry Clapp, who transported Bohemianism from Paris to a Broadway saloon and nurtured a tradition of rebellion in American art.
Martin, a former Fortune magazine staff writer who has also written biographies of Frederick Law Olmsted, Ralph Nader, and Alan Greenspan, noted that the idea to write the book was given to him by History Professor Terry Alford (AN).