Vanessa Veselka has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex-worker, a musician, a student of paleontology, a union organizer, a cab driver, and a mother. As an organizer, she has worked with hospital and long-term care workers, longshore and warehouse workers, and state employees. She is the author of the novels The Great Offshore Grounds, which won the Oregon Book Award for fiction in 2021, and Zazen, which won the 2012 PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. Her short fiction appears in Zyzzyva and Tin House Magazine, and her essays appear in the New York Times, GQ, the Atlantic, Bitch Magazine, and Best American Essays.
This event is part of our 2023–24 Consider This series, People, Place, and Power.
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Further reading by Vanessa Veselka
- "The Truck Stop Killer," GQ, 2012
- "Green Screen: The Lack of Female Road Narratives and Why it Matters," the American Reader, 2012
- "The Fort of Young Saplings," the Atavist, 2014
- "I'm a Longtime Union Organizer. But I Had Never Seen Anything Like This," the New York Times, 2022
- "The Treasure America Scavenges from the Poor," the New York Times, 2022
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