Virginia Pye is the author of two novels, River of Dust and Dreams of the Red Phoenix. Her award-winning short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, including The North American ReviewThe Baltimore Review, Failbetter, and The Tampa Review. Her essays have appeared in The New York TimesLiterary HubThe RumpusThe Nervous BreakdownThe CollagistThe Quivering Pen, and elsewhere.

She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught writing at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. Virginia has been awarded Fiction Fellowships to the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, the Virginia Quarterly Review Conference, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. In Richmond, Virginia, where she lived for many years, she helped establish and run James River Writers, a literary non-profit. She recently moved back to her hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she is starting to teach through the Grub Street Writing Center. She is also a mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Mentorship Program. Virginia is married to art museum director John Ravenal, and is the mother of two young adult children, and an old poodle named Lyla.

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