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
  • Immigrant Strong: November 2021 Issue
    18 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    In Crying in H Mart: A Memoir, Michelle Zauner tackles some big topics, including grief, family, and identity. The book is filled with heart-wrenching moments about losing her mother and mouth-waterin...
  • Immigrant Strong: October 2021 Issue
    19 Oct 2021 • 5 min read
    I’m so grateful to Cheri Lucas Rowlands and Longreads for interviewing me about this newsletter. In the Q&A, I discuss why the last presidential election did not negate the need for storytelling by im...
  • 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. ...
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