I write novels, stories, and essays. I hold out hope we can be better humans.
Author: Vanessa Veselka
VANESSA VESELKA is the author of the novel, The Great Offshore Grounds, long listed for the 2020 National Book Award and winner of the Ken Kesey Award (OBA), and debut, Zazen, which won the 2012 PEN/Robert Bingham prize for fiction. Her short stories have appeared in Tin House, Zyzzyva, and her nonfiction in NYT, GQ, The Atlantic, Smithsonian, The Atavist, and Bitch Magazine. She has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex-worker, a union organizer, a musician, a train-hopper, a night cabbie, a waitress, and a mother. She lives in Portland, OR.