PHOTO: Terry Brown

PHOTO: Terry Brown


Virginia Pye is the author of two award-winning novels, Dreams of the Red Phoenix and River of Dust, and the forthcoming short story collection, Shelf Life of Happiness. Her stories, essays, and interviews have appeared in The North American ReviewThe Baltimore ReviewLiterary HubThe New York TimesThe RumpusHuffington Post and elsewhere. She lived in Richmond, Virginia, for many years and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied with Allan Gurganus, Joan Silber, and Chuck Wachtel. In college at Wesleyan University she learned from Annie Dillard and F.D. Reeve. After graduate school, she served as assistant to Frances Goldin at her literary agency in New York City. Virginia has taught creative writing and literature at New York University, and later in Philadelphia, at the University of Pennsylvania, in high schools, community centers, and in her home. In Richmond, she helped establish and run James River Writers, a literary non-profit. 

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. She recently moved back to her hometown of Cambridge, where she’s now involved with the Grub Street Writing Center and other literary ventures. She was also recently a mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Program. Virginia is married to contemporary art museum director John Ravenal, contemporary art curator and Executive Director of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and is the mother of two young adult children, Eva and Daniel.

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