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Vanessa Veselka

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April writing workshops and…vveselkaspringmalheurnationalwildliferefugesignthe-birth-of-three-new-planets-is-captured-for-the-first-time-inside-the-protoplanetary-disk-of-lkca-15Public domain image, royalty free stock photo from

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 20:58:36 +0000

It is now springtime 2016 in the Pacific Northwest. The birds are chirping, the trees are blooming…and the militias have gone home. Connected to neither birds, nor trees, nor ahistorical misinterpretations of states rights, I will be teaching two writing workshops. One will be in Seattle and one will be in Portland and they are both in April. The … Continue reading (image)

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The Tin House Summer Workshop, readings, writings, detritus…vveselkaClick image for more info about reading and panels800px-Cerf_Amphitheatre-1,_Reed_CollegeMMyersBattle300px-Lisianski_Sapling_Fort_Sketch_1804Robevornheim

Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:52:44 +0000

A long and overdue (if brief) update… I am pleased to say that I have the privilege of teaching at the 2014 Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshop this week. There are so many remarkable poets, fiction and non-fiction writers, readings, panels–if you are in Portland and want to know the details of events, click the … Continue reading (image)

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Tall Ships, Best American Essays, Readings, Isis…vveselkaAvailable from all your fine independent booksellersI'm thinking about BAEThen I will go to Europe Niagara-compressedniagara fighting topniagara mastniagrara pink saildan slaveryniagrara pink sailNiagara bowIsis3

Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:24:55 +0000

My essay “The Truck Stop Killer,” which originally appeared in GQ, has been included in this year’s Best American Essays (under its original title “Highway of Lost Girls”) and my deepest gratitude goes to editors Cheryl Strayed and Robert Atwan for thinking of me, as well as to my editors at GQ, Donovan Hohn and … Continue reading (image)

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Here’s where I’ll be at AWPvveselkaThis is meant to be figurative This is how you end up in a universe across the galaxyI am told Boston is close to Cambridge (click on pic for more details of event)

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 15:56:43 +0000

A utilitarian post at best but…I will be at AWP for about 36 hours if you want to track me down:   Friday eve at AWP Heat: The Fire Inside (assuming my plane lands on time) And….Saturday I will participate in a panel at the Hynes Convention Center (think stellar ambiance) on putting out your first … Continue reading (image)

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Yes, the rumors are true. Good news, yes! No, I’m not pregnant. Too old, but…vveselkaI am humbled by their amazing authors amazing writers and a great home to come fromI love you, man!(click pic for great Forbes interview on his work with Small Demons)

Tue, 22 Jan 2013 17:45:57 +0000

I am proud to announce that my next novel (when complete) will go to Riverhead Books where I will get to work with the fabulous editor, Megan Lynch. I have been spoiled by good editors and publishers, an embarrassment of riches, and I want to thank Richard Nash and Red Lemonade from the bottom of … Continue reading (image)

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Readings, podcasts, and the onset of relative Internet silence…vveselkaI'm the satisfied Moravian in the middle. My new home (psychically speaking)click for magic link to Booktalk NationI aim for this in my own way

Sun, 20 Jan 2013 03:35:04 +0000

This has been a remarkable year for me, one of the best. I have gotten to travel and read and hold forth on a variety of subjects. I have done chapbooks with Lidia Yuknavitch, met many wonderful writers and editors, gotten check from Condé Nast, and won a PEN award. I honestly doubt I’ll see … Continue reading (image)

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The NRA and the Gun Lobby are not crazy, they are WRONGvveselka

Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:48:16 +0000

We need to stop calling people with different ideas “crazy.” It let’s them off the hook. It says there’s no use in talking to them. It says they are to be ignored or written off. It doesn’t say the truth, which is that THEY ARE WRONG. DEAD WRONG. When we say “wrong” we are instantly … Continue reading (image)

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Where you can find me in October—readings, writings, airports…vveselkaspacepress-111611-001a-617x416Baker_Hall_(Carnegie_Mellon_University)_-_IMG_7859400px-Brooklyn_neighborhoods_mapManhattanNewcuny-grad-center

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 19:03:06 +0000

This month I have the honor of being in three very different publications: Tin House Magazine, the first issue of Sarah McCary’s Guillotine, and (drumroll…) GQ Magazine. I’m not sure how I got to be in an unapologetic, feminist chapbook series and a famous men’s magazine in the same month. It is just one of … Continue reading (image)

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Why I love The PEN, indy publishers, and indy booksellers…vveselkapen-amer-cntr-90th-anniversaryPEN_American_Center_Official_LogocashArthur_header_newstorerichard-nash1powells-booksbroadway-books_smAnnie BloomriverrunBank Squareword-bookstore-greenpoint-brooklynMcNally Jacksonskylight

Wed, 29 Aug 2012 21:18:41 +0000

I am stunned and deeply honored to announce that Zazen has won the 2012 PEN Robert Bingham prize for 1stfiction. I would like to thank the judges, all great writers, Lauren Groff, Dinaw Mengestu, and Nami Mun. I strongly suggest you buy their work (and send them chocolate and whiskey because reading the insane amount … Continue reading (image)

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