5 Burning Questions with Gwen Van Velsor

As well as feature our future readers, we also wanted to check in with folks who have read for us over the last 5 years.  Gwen Van Velsor read for us in 2018 – read what she has been up to below!

What have you been up to since reading with us at Writers & Words? How has the writing been going?

Just release Freedom Warrior during the best and worst time to launch a book.  This book is about finding freedom in situations when I felt trapped, which is incredibly timely and weird.

What are you working on right now (writing or otherwise (nothing is a valid answer as well))?

I can’t even get myself to journal. I’m trying to just accept this as part of the composting process.

What has been your favorite Quarantine Read thus far?

I enjoyed Dark Garnet by Carrie Greenlaw (Lines + Stars)

How would you describe the writing community where you live in just a few words?

Full of love.

What would be a few words of advice you would give someone wanting to get into any writing community?

Just remember that you already belong just by being willing to put a pen to the page. There is no other requirement for membership.

Bonus question: what level of quarantine are you at? 1) relaxing with a book,  2) the dog clears her throat too loudly,  3) hot dog fries, 4) THE PRINTER IS BROKEN I DON’T NEED A PRINTER, 5) I am one with the Force and the Force is with me.

I am one with the Force baby.


Gwen Van Velsor writes creative nonfiction and pseudo-inspirational prose. She started Yellow Arrow Publishing, a project that publishes and supports writers who identify as women in 2016. Raised in Portland, Oregon, Gwen has moved many times, from sea to shining sea, now calling Highlandtown, Baltimore her forever home. Her major accomplishments include walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain, raising a toddler, and being OK with life exactly as it is. She has published two memoirs, Follow That Arrow, in 2016 and Freedom Warrior, in 2020.

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