Virgie Townsend is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health and medicine, law and state policy, and higher education. She has reported for or contributed op-eds to the Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, Chicago Tribune, Denver Post, Jezebel, The News Media and The Law, Currents Magazine, Robert Wood Johnston Foundation Culture of Health blog, StatePublicHealth.org, and more. Most recently, 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 First Amendment legal defense nonprofit.
As a fiction writer and essayist, she has written for such publications as Tin House’s Flash Fridays, SmokeLong Quarterly, Gargoyle, WhiskeyPaper, Pif Magazine, Bartleby Snopes, The Toast, and Huffington Post, 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 to high school students at American University. She currently serves as a fiction 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.