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Vanessa Veselka is a novelist who has been, at various times, a teenage runaway, a sex-worker, a union organizer, a student of paleontology, a musician, a cab driver, and
a mother. She is the author of The Great Offshore Grounds, which was nominated for the 2020 National Book Award, and which won the Oregon Book Award, and the cult classic, Zazen, which was awarded the 2012 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. Her short fiction appears in Zyzzyva and Tin House Magazine, and her essays in The New York Times, GQThe Atlantic, Bitch Magazine, The Atavist, and Best American Essays.

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