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Writer & Editor
Leslie Vryenhoek's novels, poetry, memoir and non-fiction have won national and international acclaim and awards. Her writing explores the landscape of intimate relationships, the uneven hand of fortune, and what it means to belong in a place and a time.
Leslie's diverse communications career has spanned three decades and focused on social and economic justice, the arts, and disaster response. Since 2010, she has been writing and editing about poor workers for the global network WIEGO.
Other Recent Work
Rebuilding with Women: Amplifying their voices in Ukraine's recovery, a collaboration of Cities Alliance, StreetNet International, and WIEGO, is based on a series of interviews with Ukrainian women. The 2023 publication highlights the disproportionate impact of the war on women and girls, especially those working in the informal sector, and explains why women must be central to the reconstruction of Ukrainian cities.
My mother was a Rush Limbaugh-loving conservative. I was so liberal I moved to Canada. In Suasion (written and recorded in late 2020, before things got much worse), I talk about how we lost, then found, a way to talk, what’s behind the great political divide—and why deep understanding is the best weapon in a war of persuasion.
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