Thank You, Vela Magazine, for Putting Me in Such Great Year-End Company!

Vela Magazine, an online home for “creative nonfiction, inspired by travel, written by women,” kindly flagged my essay in the Summer 2013 issue of Creative Nonfiction, “Why I Remembered What I Remembered,” in their amazing year-end roundup.


Rebecca SolnitEmily Rapp, and Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah are, in my book, the very definition of amazing company. I’m particularly excited that two writers whose work I’ve taught to journalism students — Jeanne Marie Laskas and Kelly Benham — are also on the list.

Vela has been a wonderful supporter of women writers, established and emerging, racially diverse, and proof on the page that the right editorial leadership can render those depressing VIDA numbers a piece of inglorious literary history.

An excerpt of The Four Words for Home appeared in Vela this summer. They have top-notch editors who really work collaboratively — and both baby your prose and whip it into shape. Here are the submission guidelines: Add this to your New Year’s resolutions!

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