Immigrant Strong by Vesna Jaksic Lowe

Vesna Jaksic Lowe
Writing by — and children of — immigrants and refugees. The struggles, the triumphs, and the quirks.
Created 17 May 2019
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  • Immigrant Strong: September 2021 Issue
    22 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    Nepantla Familias: An Anthology of Mexican-American Literature on Families in Between Worlds edited by Sergio Troncoso is a beautiful collection of essays, poems, and short stories that explores lives...
  • Immigrant Strong: August 2021 Issue
    23 Aug 2021 • 3 min read
    This issue is on the short side because I’m writing from Croatia, on the terrace of the family home I grew up in. It’s the first time I took a flight since pre-COVID and the first time I’m seeing a lo...
  • Immigrant Strong: July 2021 Issue
    29 Jul 2021 • 4 min read
    This month, I participated in the online Tin House Summer Workshop, workshopping with the great Nicole Chung and learning from many authors I’ve featured in this newsletter, including Zaina Arafat, Na...
  • Immigrant Strong: June 2021 Issue
    29 Jun 2021 • 5 min read
    Thanks to Fiza Pirani’s wonderful Foreign Bodies newsletter on immigrants and mental health, I recently won a copy of Anjali Enjeti’s book Southbound: Essays on Identity, Inheritance, and Social Chang...
  • Immigrant Strong: May 2021 Issue
    18 May 2021 • 6 min read
    This month, Immigrant Strong turns 2! My newsletter may now be a toddler, but it still feels like my baby, and I hope I can keep it alive longer than my plants. If you want to know why I started Immig...
  • Immigrant Strong: April 2021 Issue
    09 Apr 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    It’s never easy for me to read books about the war that destroyed my country of Yugoslavia, turning my and many other families into immigrants and refugees. But I love supporting fellow ex-Yugoslavs a...
  • Immigrant Strong: March 2021 Issue
    17 Mar 2021 • 6 min read • 4 0
    In Conditional Citizens, Laila Lalami explores the rights and liberties that are not always afforded equally to U.S. citizens because of factors like gender, race, and national origin. The Morocco-bor...
  • Immigrant Strong: February 2021 Issue
    24 Feb 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    I’ll start with a little announcement: on Saturday, March 6, I’ll be teaching an online workshop on immigrant writing through the Cooper Street Workshop at Rutgers Camden College of Arts and Science. ...
  • Immigrant Strong: January 2021 Issue
    23 Jan 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Abeer Y. Hoque was born in Nigeria to Bangladeshi parents and moved to the United States at 13. Her memoir Olive Witch takes us across three continents, along her journey of exploring her multicultura...
  • Immigrant Strong: December Issue
    24 Dec 2020 • 3 min read • 1 0
    2020 sucked in many ways and was brutal for my writing and reading — I barely wrote and I read more books in the first two months of the year than in the next 10 months of the pandemic combined. But I...
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