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Vanessa Veselka

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Vanessa Veselka is a writer and musician living in Portland, Oregon. She has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex-worker, a union organizer, a student of paleontology, an expatriate, an independent record label owner, a train-hopper, a waitress, and a mother. Her work has appeared in Bust, Bitch, Maxmum Rock ’n’ Roll, Yeti Magazine and Tin House. Zazen is her first novel.

A special note for the Goodreads community... I am not a critic. I leave that task to others. Writing books is something like trying to catch a handful of water in a stream; we get what we get at that moment. I only post books I like and I give everyone five stars.

A Defense of Imbalance

In the 2 weeks since the paperback release of The Great Offshore Grounds,  I have had the chance to peer out above the work I do as a union organizer into the life of different mind. 

mine has a black bar through it

I returned to union organizing 2.5 years ago because I had finished writing my last novel and had been feeling useless in the world. I get asked frequently about activism and art, if

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“The world is a violent child none of us will get to see grow up.”
Vanessa Veselka, Zazen

“I looked at the woman crying over the doll and felt something else. I was sick of people acting against their own interests. Mooing about how to refinance the slaughterhouse. Putting skylights in the killing pen and pretending the bolt in the brain was a pathway to a better field. I paid my bill. Save your fucking pennies for a gun and a history book, I thought.”
Vanessa Veselka, Zazen

“But I know what it means to crave what you're not. To want to sew up that rift because it's exhausting to hold it open. Sometimes you just need to be someone else, someone who doesn't care about anything at all. I know I do. I want emptiness but I can't have it.”
Vanessa Veselka, Zazen

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Richard Nice mention in this interview with Roxane Gay in the NYT! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/bo...


Vanessa Veselka Even being considered in the Dark Fiction Summer Challenge makes me feel like I have arrived! Thank you! If I wasn't so busy right now with the release, I would join that group. Your booklists are amazing!


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