Vela

Creative nonfiction, inspired by travel, written by women

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"Arbus and I shared impulses, the same greedy ones we all have: to take without asking, to take because we are consumed and haunted by images so different from what we know in our own lives. I wanted to fill myself up with other people’s images, to replace the loss of one person with collected bits stolen from the lives of others."
 This week on Vela, Alice Driver writes on street photography, Diane Arbus, and “the way of scars and tattoos.”

"Arbus and I shared impulses, the same greedy ones we all have: to take without asking, to take because we are consumed and haunted by images so different from what we know in our own lives. I wanted to fill myself up with other people’s images, to replace the loss of one person with collected bits stolen from the lives of others."


This week on Vela, Alice Driver writes on street photography, Diane Arbus, and “the way of scars and tattoos.”

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"The American justice system is bitterly torn between the notion of retribution and the belief in rehabilitation. We incarcerate children and execute the incapacitated. Meanwhile, we have programs that teach inmates how to paint. We release ex-prisoners into the world without support, job training, or homes. We force women to give birth while shackled. Meanwhile, we preach forgiveness and responsibility and self-control."
The second finalist in Vela’s Nonfiction Contest: Testimony, by Jessica Pishko, digs into life in the San Quentin State Prison, debt, art as rehabilitation, and the controversies within the U.S. prison system. 

"The American justice system is bitterly torn between the notion of retribution and the belief in rehabilitation. We incarcerate children and execute the incapacitated. Meanwhile, we have programs that teach inmates how to paint. We release ex-prisoners into the world without support, job training, or homes. We force women to give birth while shackled. Meanwhile, we preach forgiveness and responsibility and self-control."

The second finalist in Vela’s Nonfiction Contest: Testimony, by Jessica Pishko, digs into life in the San Quentin State Prison, debt, art as rehabilitation, and the controversies within the U.S. prison system. 

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination.
Mary Oliver, Wild Geese 

Jorge Santiago’s photos have been featured in The New York Times, Harper’s, Deadspin, PDN’s Photo of the Day, and exhibitions around the world: now they can be on your walls. Support Vela on Kickstarter and snatch up his exclusive silver gelatin prints while they last. 

"Relationships always recreate us, allow us to reinvent ourselves and to see ourselves anew, but in another idioma el proceso es mas cabrón, nos permite salirnos de nuestras roles predecibles y de las categorías que nos definen al instante en nuestros paises: Midwestern, leftie, academic, traveler."
Sarah Menkedick on falling in love in one language, and getting to know someone in another: Love in los tiempos del Spanglish.  

"Relationships always recreate us, allow us to reinvent ourselves and to see ourselves anew, but in another idioma el proceso es mas cabrón, nos permite salirnos de nuestras roles predecibles y de las categorías que nos definen al instante en nuestros paises: Midwestern, leftie, academic, traveler."

Sarah Menkedick on falling in love in one language, and getting to know someone in another: Love in los tiempos del Spanglish.  

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Photo of the Day: Woman Watches City
Photo by Ngoc Tran (Southgate, Michigan, USA); Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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Photo of the Day: Woman Watches City

Photo by Ngoc Tran (Southgate, Michigan, USA); Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

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At the end of the 5 day mark, we need $200 more to reach 20%. Check out our other rewards, and help fund women writers!

We’re offering one-year subscriptions to The Atavist, Scratch Magazine, Texas Monthly, and Creative Nonfiction as rewards in our Kickstarter- you’ll be supporting both women writers and these phenomenal publications!

At the end of the 5 day mark, we need $200 more to reach 20%. Check out our other rewards, and help fund women writers!

We’ve got a really thoughtful, substantial collection of reads for you on today’s Women We Read This week: a startling look at workplace inequity from a transgender person; a journey through Manhattan’s swimming pools; an essay on the constantly-changing answer to the question of whether to have children; and a musical meditation on “the New Jerusalem.” 

We’ve got a really thoughtful, substantial collection of reads for you on today’s Women We Read This week: a startling look at workplace inequity from a transgender person; a journey through Manhattan’s swimming pools; an essay on the constantly-changing answer to the question of whether to have children; and a musical meditation on “the New Jerusalem.”