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The writers of Vela on process, balancing writing and family, MFA programs, and writing in academia.


Women We Read This Week

“It’s Always Spilling Over the Edges”: Jamie Green interviews Leslie Jamison on BuzzFeed I’ve been loving Leslie Jamison’s essays from her new collection, The Empathy Exams, that have come out recently in The Believer and Harper’s. They’re narratives that plunge into the frustrating world of doctor-patient communication and the vulnerability of a patient’s narrative. She […]

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Vela Writers On: Storytelling

Where do fictional characters come from; what does it mean to bear witness; is information the death of story? In three short essays, Vela writers explore both the nature and the craft of storytelling. In The Non-Bravery of Bearing Witness, Lauren Quinn wonders why she gets called “brave” each time she writes a personal essay, […]

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The Writer and the Army Wife

Recently, I published a short essay about saying goodbye to my husband before his first deployment. The piece is, as you might imagine, a crier, and it evinced a pretty strong emotional reaction in some readers: many of them reached out to me, thanking me for reminding them that men and women throughout the country are continuing […]

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On Value

About a year and a half ago I wrote something that I’m really not proud of, for a reason I’m even less proud of: for money. For $60, in fact, which is what makes the whole thing so funny. $60 is not a lot of money to earn for writing a 900-word piece. But it’s […]

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