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Writer's Digest: 2013 Best Writing Websites (2013)

  • By Victoria Mixon

    Ania Vesenny is a novelist and short story author whose fiction has been published in prestigious journals across Canada and the U.S., including “Snowrise” in Per Contra, “At the Foot of the Mountain” in SmokeLong Quarterly (where she was also interviewed), “Postcards from Brazil” in elimae, and “Imagined Proximity to Death” in Descant. Vesenny’s short story “Snowrise” was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature.

    Vesenny is represented by the Beverly Slopen Literary Agency.

    I edited Vesenny’s debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights. Haunting and metlculous, it is the portrait of a single day in the life of Katya Joy as she slowly disintegrates under the weight of her loneliness and isolation in a small town on the ice in the far north of Canada, her fears for her marriage and young daughter, her grief over her dying brother at home in Russia. . .and the very real possibility that she and her brother have shared since childhood the ability to magically transfer each other’s physical injuries to themselves. In unforgettably lyrical language, Katya learns of the Inuit myths of danger and redemption even as she moves ever closer to facing her own inner mythology and the dangers of life and death in this mortal world.

    I am now editing Vesenny’s second novel, Sandara, about a mysterious woman who appears and disappears in the lives of two very different women, weaving them ever closer in the loss of the men they love through Sandara’s powerful presentation of herself as an age-old, amoral ‘faery.’

    Vesenny says:

    “Everything makes sense and is absolutely brilliant! Victoria, working with you has been an amazing experience. I love how you trimmed the language. I feel everything you said was already there, and you brought it up to the surface, gently and carefully. I thought it was scary to hire someone for an edit. Now it seems scarier to be on my own.”

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ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and am editing her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .


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In addition, I work with dozens of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this literary art and craft.

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