Literary Arts

Apr 17, 2024

MSA Official Web Site
Brookhaven, Mississippi

Virtual Masterclass: Writing Joy Through Creative Nonfiction | Author & Instructor: Vanessa Mártir

Vanessa Mártir has been widely published, including in The NY Times, The Washington Post, Longreads, The Guardian, The Rumpus, Bitch Magazine, and the anthologies Not That Bad, edited by Roxane Gay, and So We Can Know: Writers of Color on Pregnancy, Loss, Abortion, and Birth, edited by Aracelis Girmay. An excerpt of her memoir in progress is forthcoming in AGNI.

Vanessa is the recipient of the 2021 Letras Boricuas Fellowship, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Flamboyan Foundation’s Arts Fund; a 2019 Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award in Creative Nonfiction; a 2019 AWP Kurt Brown Award in Creative Nonfiction; and a 2013 Jerome Foundation Award.

Vanessa is the creator of the Writing Our Lives Workshop and the Writing the Mother Wound movement, and has partnered with Tin House, The Rumpus, Longreads and NYU’s Latinx Project to publish alumni of her classes. She has also served as guest editor of Aster(ix) and The James Franco Review.

When she’s not writing or teaching, you’ll find Vanessa in her garden tending to her plant babies, in the gym punching a bag or in old growth forests hiking ancient trails. Find more about her relentless belief in writing the stories of our lives on her website at