Illustration: Jenny Williams

Women We Read This Week

Irina Reyn's "The Photograph" in Brain, Child In the Facebook era, the absence of public documentation of certain events in one's life speaks as loudly as the visible display of others. What are we leaving out of our public narratives and why? In this elegant essay, at once tender and reluctant, Irina Reyn speaks to her wariness of sharing photos of her baby. "To ... [Continue Reading]

Women We Read This Week

Women We Read This Week

Abigail Rasminsky’s "I’m Pregnant. So Why Can’t I Tell You?" in Medium When Abigail Rasminsky got pregnant she told only family and close friends. In this essay, she questions why exactly the first trimester is viewed by many as a secret. Considering one in five pregnancies end in miscarriage and the early stage is deemed the most risky, Rasminsky speculates ... [Continue Reading]

Women We Read This Week

Women We Read This Week

Roxane Gay’s “The Price of Black Ambition” in VQR Roxane Gay is having a moment. Her moment, to be exact. With two books—the novel Untamed State and the essay collection Bad Feminist--out in the last year, she’s packing standing room-only crowds, inspiring celebrity-sighting tweets on airplanes, and garnering the kind of gratitude and adoration that is, if ... [Continue Reading]

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Bookmarked: Andria Williams’ Five Women Fiction Writers on War

As a fiction writer and a member of an active-duty Navy family, I am always curious about how the public views us military folk. After a decade of living in a nation at war, how do people imagine what servicemembers and their families do, what they have done, these past ten years? And when military women (spouses, veterans) choose to write fiction – which doesn’t ... [Continue Reading]

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The Cloister and the Cradle

If you enjoy this story, please consider supporting Vela on Kickstarter! We thank you infinitely for your support. I have an image of the Child, our Lord, in a cradle. I was so powerfully compelled by my Lord with great sweetness, longing and desire and also by His request, because it was said to me by my Lord: “If you do not nurse me I will take myself away from you ... [Continue Reading]

Illustration: Jenny Williams

Women We Read This Week

Daisy Hernández's "Latina at the white, male New York Times" in Salon The title of this piece suggests a screed, but what unfolds is a narrative more sad than outraged, more comparable to the slow and baffling dissolution of a marriage than to a righteous battle with institutionalized injustice. In fact, Hernández draws on the former metaphor in this phenomenal ... [Continue Reading]

Photo: Rodrigo Jardon

Waiting for Heads

If you enjoy this story, please consider supporting Vela on Kickstarter! We thank you infinitely for your support. I read eyes and gestures, scars and tattoos. I read gathering films of sweat, fleeting looks, the shift of weight and the movement of eyelashes. I live for that moment before the photo is taken, the one when I am on the street in Mexico City, surrounded ... [Continue Reading]

Illustration: Jenny Williams

Women We Read This Week

If you enjoy this story, please consider supporting Vela's quest to pay writers on Kickstarter! We thank you infinitely for your support. Carolyn Kormann’s "The Swimmer: Manhattan Edition" in The New Yorker I’ve always loved John Cheever’s classic short story, “The Swimmer,” from which this gentle and weirdly affecting piece takes its chief inspiration. ... [Continue Reading]

Photo Jorge Santiago

Love in los tiempos del Spanglish

  If you enjoy this story, please consider supporting Vela on Kickstarter! We thank you infinitely for your support. When I first met el Gordo – antes de que lo llamara el Gordo, cuando todavía era Jorge – we spoke puro español. He had a mop of pelo negro, casi chino, a lion’s mane embracing a sweet, round cara de inocencia. Pero en sus ojos había ... [Continue Reading]