Vela Magazine, publishing “Creative nonfiction inspired by travel, written by women,” may be of interest to FYWPers both to share with our students and — for some — to submit their own writing.
Here’s a bit of Molly Beer’s essay “On Packing”:
I’m an American girl and I have, or have available to me, a lot of stuff. In America, this stuff seems essential or at least worthy of having: shoes for this and shoes for that; winter clothes and dress-up clothes and get-dirty clothes; books I’ve read but keep, books I would like to think I’ll read, books that look nice on the shelf; tools for gardening, cooking, preening, seeing, hearing, being, and so on and on. Much of what I own is nostalgic: I have boxes of mementos—the dried rose given to me by a boy who died, my grandmother’s pearl ring, a ratty stuffed lamb whose eyes and wool have been rubbed away by my childhood affection. Travel forces me to slough away the superfluity of possessions. Travel lightens and enlightens. This act of choosing what to take with me is the initial stripping down, the first rinse, yet I brace against it, clutch closed the throat of my robe, test the temperature with a toe, count to three, and then retreat and cower.