Alice Driver

Alice Driver is a writer, editor, and translator obsessed with photography, street art, and languages. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Mexico City at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and she received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky. She works professionally with such organizations as the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

Her work has been published by Ms. Magazine, Women’s Media Center, Salon, and The Feminist Wire. Her book, More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico will be published by the University of Arizona Press in 2014. She just finished a short film titled If Images Could Fill Our Empty Spaces that follows the work of four photojournalists in Juárez, Mexico.

Stories by Alice:

  • 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 […]–Read more

  • Writing about Women at the Margins: An Interview with NoViolet Bulawayo

    The Zimbabwean novelist NoViolet Bulawayo, a group of her friends and I are at Buka, a Nigerian restaurant in Brooklyn, and we are surrounded by fish heads, fufu, fish stew, fresh ginger juice, yam fries, and plantains. Around us, there is a little girl with wild braids jumping up and down, trying to reach a […]–Read more

  • Additions and Subtractions

    I’ve tried a lot of different subtractions over the years: selling my plasma, going without health insurance, living in a house in the woods with no indoor plumbing, eating a lot of peanut butter, not owning a car. I did these things happily, as experiments that could give me more of what I wanted: time […]–Read more

  • Documentary: If Images Could Fill Our Empty Spaces

    Alice Driver, one of Vela’s staff writers, recently completed her first documentary, If Images Could Fill Our Empty Spaces. The film explores the complicated relationship between violence and photography in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Watch it below, and then read an interview with Alice about making the film. Inhabiting the Lives of Others: An Interview with […]–Read more

  • A Digital Notebook on Invisible Borders

    Why did I write it down? In order to remember, of course, but exactly what was it I wanted to remember? How much of it actually happened? Did any of it? Why do I keep a notebook at all? – Joan Didion Were it ten or twenty years ago, these notes, perhaps written on scraps […]–Read more

  • Women We Read This Week

    Dena Rash Guzman’s “All the Things: Can You Describe the Ruckus?” in Whole Beast Rag The recent media fury to examine how women can or cannot “have it all” has produced a number of infuriating articles. Mainly, I keep wondering why nobody is writing about men and why they can or cannot “have it all.” […]–Read more

  • Disappearances Have to Disappear

    Bodies meant nothing to me. When they jammed into me on the metro or the bus, rather than tensing, pushing, or fighting for some tiny symbolic personal space I learned to let all my air out and flatten myself into the crowd, into the wall; to press myself out of my own body. I became […]–Read more

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