Posts Tagged: vela magazine

Striking a Nerve

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At Vela Magazine, Amy Bess Cook discusses living with epilepsy, and the problem with considering epilepsy as neurodiversity: While one of these—grand mal seizures—overlaps with Sylvie’s, our conditions differ. Seizure causes, auras (the body’s precursory warning state), and severity leave room for infinite variety. Understanding epilepsy, then, requires letting go of certainty—something we epileptics do everyday.

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The Cultural Significance of Whitney Houston

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At Vela Magazine, Danielle Jackson discusses Whitney Houston as an embodiment of black excellence, and the continued erasure of black artists’ contributions to commercial music: Houston and the entire lineage of black women performers that preceded her invented techniques and sounds that have been endlessly covered and riffed upon, but they are generally under-acknowledged for their […]

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The Complicated “Riches” Of America

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In a nuanced essay at Vela Magazine, Anne P. Beatty discusses what her experiences teaching for the Peace Corps in Nepal and teaching at an impoverished school in LA taught her about privilege and about America: Nepal seemed full of life and community and hope and culture, whereas America was lonely and sterile, devoid of […]

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Instagramming Motherhood

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Vela Magazine’s always-funny Sarah Menkedick discusses her newfound relationship with Instagram as a mother, and posits photo-sharing as a powerful validation of domesticity: It creates scenes, story. More importantly, it asks for recognition and imbues meaning. It ushers the domestic out as worthy of attention, praise, Lo-Fi filters and exaggerated lighting. For this, I believe, women […]

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The Residue of Memory

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At Vela Magazine, Leslie Kendall Dye discusses living with her mother who has dementia, and the connection between her mother and her own daughter: After dinner, I watch my mother and child play in my daughter’s shoe-box room. My daughter is dancing to Dick Hyman’s jazz rendition of The Nutcracker Suite. My toddler instructs my mother […]

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A Writer’s Love-Hate Relationship with the Internet

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Over at Vela Magazine, Sarah Menkedick discusses her complicated relationship with the endless distraction and instant gratification of the Internet as a writer: My default instinct is to skew towards the more challenging option, which demands greater discipline and less immediate reward, and so I continue to aim for the longform essay over the viral […]

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Extensions of the Self

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Over at Vela Magazine, Rachel Wilkinson explores the cultural significance of women’s hair: Feminists have often identified hair grooming as the first lesson in gender socialization. Dolls are perfectly designed to aid girls in learning submission, letting them play-act the labor that will later be expected of them when it comes to appearances.

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Midnight Breakfast Makes an Awesome Debut!

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Rumpus interviews editor Rebecca Rubenstein recently launched a kick ass online literary magazine, Midnight Breakfast. The folks over at Vela Magazine were quite impressed with MB and Rumpus contributor Kima Jones‘s CNF piece, “The Aqiqah”: “It’s always exciting to see a new literary site launch, especially when it includes complimentary original artwork. But when I saw […]

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September 11th from Spain

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In fall of 2001, Molly Beer was in Spain, studying to become an ESL teacher and trying her hardest to win over the non-Americans who populated her program. Then September 11 happened, and everything changed. In an essay for Vela called “That Spanish September,” Beer writes about what it was like to experience that day as a […]

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Vela Magazine Lists the Unlisted

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As part of its ongoing battle to get women writers the recognition they deserve, Vela has put together a “list of women writers of various forms of creative nonfiction that future list-makers and anthologists…might peruse and thereby make their “bests” and “greats” better and greater, their collections more representative of the world we live in.” Here’s “The […]

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Help Vela Celebrate Unsung Women Writers!

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It’s rare for female writers to receive recognition when it’s due. In light of International Women’s Day, Vela Magazine is collecting suggestions for its “Great Nonfiction by Women” List. We want to know which women writers you like “best,” who you think belongs on those reading lists and what works you wish got more attention. […]

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