Virginia Pye is the author of the short story collection, Shelf Life of Happiness (2018), and two award-winning novels, Dreams of the Red Phoenix (2015) and River of Dust (2013). Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her stories, essays, and interviews have appeared in The North American Review, The Baltimore Review, Literary Hub, The New York Times, The Rumpus, Huffington Post and elsewhere.
She holds an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Wesleyan University where she studied with Annie Dillard. She has worked in publishing, as an assistant literary agent, and has taught writing and literature at New York University and at the University of Pennsylvania. In Richmond, Virginia, she helped establish James River Writers, a literary non-profit, and in Boston, she is currently an instructor at GrubStreet.
Virginia has been awarded Fiction Fellowships to the Tin House Writers’ Workshop, the Virginia Quarterly Review Conference, and numerous times to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has also served as a mentor in the AWP Writer to Writer Program. Virginia is married to John Ravenal, Executive Director of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and is the mother of two young adult children.