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Virgie Townsend is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health and medicine, law and state policy, and higher education. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Harper’s BazaarVICEChicago Tribune, JezebelModern Loss, Robert Wood Johnston Foundation Culture of Health blog, and others.

Before becoming a freelancer, she served as the senior editor at a major public health nonprofit. She previously held roles with a health care insurance provider, biotechnology and life sciences trade association, and medical device manufacturer.

She has contributed short fiction to such publications as Tin House’s Flash Fridays, SmokeLong QuarterlyGargoyle, WhiskeyPaperPif Magazine, and Bartleby Snopes, as well as the best-of anthologies SmokeLong Quarterly: The Best of the First Ten Years and Best of Pif, Volume One. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Best Small Fictions of 2015. In the summer of 2015, she taught flash fiction writing at American University’s Discover the World of Communication summer program. She currently serves as a staff reader 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 lives in her hometown of Syracuse, New York.