Sarah Menkedick – Vela
Late Night Conversation, hosted by Candace Opper.
About our featured guest: Sarah Menkedick is the founding editor of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing inspired by travel and written by women. In tonight’s episode, Candace and Sarah discuss the genesis and development of Vela Magazine, fostering women writers’ voices (specifically in a venue sans male writers), the VIDA count, and travel writing that breaks away from contemporary conventions.
So much of mainstream, especially magazine writing, is done by men, and does have this sort of very male swagger. It’s hard to challenge that because what is the opposite of that—this sort of touchy-feely notion of femininity? No. There isn’t really an opposite, and that’s what I’m trying to get at with Vela. This isn’t supposed to be a womens’ space as opposed to a men’s space. It’s just supposed to be a space that doesn’t have to be that type of writing that we’re so used to.
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About Our Guest:
Sarah Menkedick’s writing has been featured or is forthcoming in Harper’s, Oxford American, Amazon’s Kindle Singles, The Best Women’s Travel Writing, The New Inquiry, The Common, World Hum, and a number of other online and print publications. Her story “The Rider’s Prayer” was a finalist for The Atavist’s Digital Storymakers Award. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, where she taught nonfiction writing.
Before returning to the U.S. for graduate school in 2010, Sarah spent six years living, teaching, and traveling overseas. She speaks fluent French and Spanish. Currently, she divides her time between the U.S. and Mexico.
Sarah is the founding editor of Vela, an online magazine of nonfiction writing inspired by travel and written by women.