Turmoil at the VQR

"Virginia Quarterly Review has become one of the most widely admired magazines in the country,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors. "From 2005 to 2011, VQR received 25 National Magazine Award nominations in categories ranging from fiction to multimedia."

Unfortunately, the accolades accompanied the depletion of the literary journal's financial reserves and a human toll– including the 2010 suicide of managing editor Kevin Morrissey.


Bully pulpit: Film offers alternate view on VQR tragedyPublished on Feb 21st, 2013It's been over two and a half years since Virginia Quarterly Review managing editor Kevin Morrissey killed himself following what one co-worker described as "the worst week...read more
Closing chapter: VQR's Genoways resigns, Waldo celebratesPublished on Apr 4th, 2012 Prior coverage • "Turmoll at the VQR" After serving for nine years as the editor of Virginia Quarterly Review, Ted Genoways has stepped down to "concentrate on his own...read more
Bully buster? VQR spurs UVA launch of 'respectful workplace'Published on Feb 22nd, 2012A year-and-a-half after the suicide of the Virginia Quarterly Review's managing editor Kevin Morrissey launched a national debate about whether it was the scene of workplace...read more
Final days: Emails show VQR's 'awkward workplace scenario' Published on Jan 20th, 2012"At this point, frankly, I feel I have little protection offered by the University, and I see little or no evidence of any oversight of Ted [Genoways] by the University...read more
VQR rising? Lit mag hires new publisher, deputy editorPublished on Dec 13th, 2011On Monday, December 12, about fourteen months after the award-winning Virginia Quarterly Review might have appeared on the verge of extinction after an 86-year publishing...read more
Submission guidelines: Will the fallen VQR rise again?Published on Apr 21st, 2011For 86 years the Virginia Quarterly Review, UVA's award-winning literary journal, had appeared on bookstore shelves and in mailboxes each season. But that publishing streak...read more
Conflicting tales: The unfolding tragedy at the VQRPublished on Oct 20th, 2010The Hook has new details on the VQR tragedy.PHOTO ILLUSTRATION "911," the dispatcher says. "Hi," says the male caller. "You need to send a police car and an ambulance to the...read more
VQR: Genoways in charge, staffers pull names, winter issue canceledPublished on Aug 24th, 2010 VQR editor Ted Genoways. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Virginia Quarterly Review staffers were stunned by the news that University officials had allowed editor Ted Genoways,...read more
Sullivan announces 'thorough' investigation of VQR operationsPublished on Aug 19th, 2010With the story behind the suicide of the Virginia Quarterly Review's managing editor Kevin Morrissey making national news today, new UVA president Teresa Sullivan has...read more
Tale of Woe: The death of the VQR's Kevin MorrisseyPublished on Aug 18th, 2010On John Casteen’s last official day in office as the president of the University of Virginia, a tragic story, one fit for the pages of the award-winning literary journal that...read more