The Northern Virginia Review Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary

Alexandria Liberal Arts Division Dean Jimmie McClellan

Alexandria Liberal Arts Division Dean Jimmie McClellan

The 30th volume of The Northern Virginia Review (TNVR) was launched with a celebration attended by faculty and staff from all campuses on March 24 in the Ernst Center on the Annandale Campus.

Manassas Campus Professor of English Ruth Stewart, who took up the reins as TNVR editor-in-chief last year, welcomed guests and singled out several of her colleagues who were in attendance for special recognition, including Annandale Campus Assistant Professor of English Adam Chiles, who served as editor-in-chief from 2010 to 2015, and Annandale Assistant Professor of Information Systems Technology Steven Drasner, the longtime TNVR managing editor.

Both of them, Stewart said, raised the bar for what TNVR has accomplished from its humble beginnings as a journal of faculty, staff and alumni submissions when Volume 1 was issued in June of 1985 to a literary magazine showcasing works produced by poets, writers and artists throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She displayed a copy of Volume 1 with a cover drawing titled “Reaching for the Moon.”

Stewart also mentioned two Annandale professors emeriti, Dorothy Seyler, who served as TNVR editor-in-chief from 1998 to 2009 and won approval to open submissions to the region, and Terry Alford, who served as 1986 board of editors chairman. Seyler and Alford helped to make the progression possible.

Notable authors who have addressed the launch events, she added, were poet laureate of Virginia Claudia Emerson, Sidney Blumenthal, and David Baldacci.

Stewart presented awards to the best-in-genre winners for Volume 30.

Ruth Stewart and poetry contest co-winner Eric Forsbergh

Ruth Stewart and poetry contest co-winner Eric Forsbergh

Kelly Ann Jacobson for best prose for “I Am the Tule Tree”

Rosemary Gallick for best art for “Fire on Water”

Eric Forsbergh for best poetry for “Cicadas Browned in Olive Oil” tied with

Pamela Murray Winters for best poetry for “Mallows”

Alexandria Campus Liberal Arts Division Dean Jimmie McClellan, a longtime TNVR contributor, discussed the origins of what would later become TNVR, including his efforts as College Senate chair in the early 1980s. “Although we are here to teach,” he said of the NOVA faculty, “we also are a very creative group.”

Richard Bausch (photo by Jebb Harris)

The keynote speaker at the launch event was the celebrated author Richard Bausch, who read from his upcoming book, Living Under the Weather of the World. The winner of several literary awards, including the $30,000 Rea Award for the Short Story in 2012, Bausch has written 12 novels, eight collections of short stories, and a volume of poetry and prose.

Notable authors who have addressed previous launch events are Pulitzer Prize winning poet and poet laureate of Virginia Claudia Emerson, journalist and historian Sidney Blumenthal, and New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci.

To conclude the launch event, refreshments were served and included a cake decorated with an image of the cover of TNVR Volume 30 that included cover art titled, “Blue Ridge Mountain” by poet and painter Michal Mahgerefteh.

Copies of TNVR Volume 30 can be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Annandale campus bookstore.

Click the following link to watch a video of the complete event: The Northern Virginia Review 30th Anniversary Launch