Janna O. Gies is the former managing editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review at the University of Virginia. A retired librarian, she currently does volunteer work for the Institute for Shipboard Education. She has done two full Semester at Sea voyages: Summer 2007, through Latin America; and Fall 2010, around the world. Janna’s philanthropies have included the Paramount Theater, the University of Virginia, and Semester at Sea. She teaches knitting, and plays competitive bridge and poker. Janna served as a Peace Corp Volunteer for two years in the Philippines.