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Virgie Townsend is a freelance writer and editor. As a specialist in public health, law, and higher education, her work has been published in the Washington Post, The News Media and The Law, Robert Wood Johnston Foundation Culture of Health blog, StatePublicHealth.org, and other outlets. Most recently, she served as the senior editor at a major public health nonprofit, and has held roles with a health care insurance provider, biotechnology and life sciences trade association, and First Amendment legal defense nonprofit.

As a fiction writer, journalist, and essayist, she has written for such publications as the Huffington Post, Jezebel, The Toast, Tin House’s Flash Fridays, Gargoyle, and Bartleby Snopes, as well as the anthologies SmokeLong Quarterly: The Best of the First Ten Years and Best of Pif, Volume One. In the summer of 2015, she taught flash fiction writing to high school students at American University. She currently serves as an associate editor at the literary journal SmokeLong Quarterly.

Virgie received her bachelor’s degree in newspaper journalism, magna cum laude, from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and her J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law. She is a bar-admitted attorney in Colorado.