1. Dear Sarah, I find your blog thoroughly stimulating, especially the “ease” with which you deal with rejection and the amount of submissions you have to make in order to get the acceptances. I need this kind of inspiration. I tend to belittle even the “good” rejection letters, i.e. the one from Missouri Review which seems to have been written by an undergrad intern still struggling with the terminology of fiction. I look forward to reading Mine. Congratulations on the win from a former loser.

    1. Thanks, Judy, I think it’s really important for us to share our rejections as well as acceptances. I was inspired to do so by a writer who visited my MFA program when I was younger and very candidly shared her rejection to acceptance ratio with us (32:1, despite the fact that she was a really successful writer). Best of luck with your writing.

  2. Congratulations on your River Teeth selection. I was in the competition with you with my memoir “Busy Being Born: How and Why I Became a Vietnam-Era Draft Resister.” Your book sounds quite interesting, and I look forward to reading it. I am also getting a kick out of your posting of the rejections you’ve received. I need to be a little more light hearted about that issue, so thanks for the push. Again, congratulations. And good luck.-Daniel

  3. Dear Ms. Viren, I’ve just finished your article in today’s NYT. I have had a similar experience with a far less satisfying outcome, so I feel your pain and humanity. I hope this has brought you and your wife closer. Thank you for writing this, and I celebrate your strength and wisdom.

  4. Your brutal honesty in publishing the article regarding “J” and the Title IX fiasco was totally courageous. It took guts to do that and even more guts to go after the person who started everything. Oh and also, Happy Belated Anniversary.

  5. Just listened to your story on Audm and almost cried while finishing my jump rope exercises. Haha. Beautiful piece. I’m excited to read Córdoba Skies. Best of luck!

  6. Dear Professor Viren,

    I’m one of those “new set of readers” who heard your story through The Daily, and the narration is amazing! I tried to search the narrator Gabra Zachman, but do you mean Gabra Zackman (https://www.gabrazackman.com/audiobooks)? Thank you for sharing your story that gives us another perspective to think about sexual accusation!

    1. Yes, Thank you for the correction. I just changed it on web site. And thanks for the kind words about the story!

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