Virgie Townsend is a fiction writer, essayist, and reporter from Syracuse, New York. Her reportage and essays have been featured or are forthcoming in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, VICE, and other publications. With wide-ranging interests, she has written about the opioid epidemic’s impact on children, white supremacy, the enslavement of the Yazidi peoples by ISIS, childhood trauma, and economic development in her hometown, among other topics.
Her short stories have been featured in such publications as Tin House online, Gargoyle, SmokeLong Quarterly, and WhiskeyPaper, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best Small Fictions. She previously taught flash fiction at American University. She now serves as a staff reader at SmokeLong Quarterly. She is currently working on a collection of short stories about fundamentalist girlhood.
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