Virginia M. Wright

Virginia M. Wright

For more than 15 years, Virginia M. Wright has traveled the state of Maine for Down East magazine in search of stories about its people, places, and culture. Now the magazine’s senior editor, Wright has covered such diverse topics as the harmful child welfare practices that have devastated Maine's Wabanaki people, a remote island's struggle to maintain a year-round community, the revival of Maine's oyster industry, a United Nations proposal to promote moose milk (yes, really!), and a rare moth that lives only on atop Maine's highest mountain. She has driven the entire 527-mile length of Maine's Route 1, observed the peculiar rituals of one island's daily commute, and helped biologists capture and assess the health of loons on a lake in the middle of the night. Her magazine articles have won five International Regional Magazine Association awards, including three golds.

In addition to magazine articles, Wright has written five small books for Down East Books: Route 1: Maine, Ultimate Acadia, Red’s Eats: World’s Best Lobster Shack, The Wild Blueberry Book, and The Maine Lobster Book.

Prior to joining the Down East staff in 2010, Wright wrote about historic buildings and neighborhoods, contemporary architecture, and the urban landscape for Greater Portland Landmarks, and she contributed regularly to Bates College’s alumni magazine. For several years, she was the editor of Northeast Historic Film’s Moving Image Review. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including American Profile, Annotation (National Historical Publications and Records Commission), Archi-Tech Residential, and MaineBiz. For 12 years, she was the features editor of The Times Record, a daily newspaper based in Brunswick, Maine.

Wright is a graduate of McGill University in Montréal. She has attended the Nieman Conference on Narrative Journalism, the National Writers’ Workshop, and American Press Institute’s seminar for lifestyle editors.