Veronica Zora Kirin

is a queer Croatian/American writer who loves to challenge the status quo and an Anthropologist who studies paradigm shifts. She is the author of “Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows about Technology that You Don’t,” which documents the high-tech revolution as lived by the Greatest Generation. It received the National Indie Excellence Award and was a finalist for the International Book Award. The eponymous documentary was a finalist at the Lift-Off Film Festival, and her findings were presented on the TEDxMacatawa stage.

Kirin’s current study documents the pandemic paradigm shift in real time through 214 interviews across 42 countries. It won the “Bounce Back Award” in 2020 and was presented on the TEDxTemecula stage.

Kirin is cofounder of Anodyne Magazine, an arts and literature journal that publishes creative work on the topic of FLINTA* health. Her short stories, poetry, and essays have been published in Adelaide, New Feather, Unburied Anthology, Scare Street, Down in the Dirt, and elsewhere. She is currently working on her debut memoir about entrepreneurship with a chronic condition.

Stories of Elders

2018 | Identity Publications

Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award 2020
Finalist for the International Book Awards 2020

How has the high-tech revolution changed America? In Stories of Elders, author and anthropologist Veronica Kirin answers these questions and more through interviews with 100 members of the Greatest Generation. From medicine to community, Stories of Elders provides insight to tech’s effects on all of us and provides age-old advice for today’s burning question: is technology good or bad, and how should we handle it?

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Stories of COVID

In Data Analysis

We are living through the most disruptive event of our era, and technology is playing a pivotal role in our ability to adapt and manage its effects. I am interviewing people worldwide throughout the entirety of the pandemic to write a book encapsulating this human experience.

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Published Poems, Short Stories, & Essays

It Was Too Much Sex! How “Poor Things” Broke Male Minds. [essay]
See You Next Tuesday 2024

Bella Baxter was acting just like a young girl without the concept of societal restraint on her body. The language she uses to describe her early sexual experiences underscores this exploration. Women’s bodies are as sexually dynamic as men’s, in many ways more so. The criticism of the film’s depiction of female sexuality echoes the outrage Alfred Kinsey met when he published his book “Sexuality in the Human Female” — despite the applause received for his first book “Sexuality in the Human Male.”

The Covert Reality of LGBTQ+ Literary Discrimination [essay]
Zero Readers 2024

There’s a sense that the LGBTQ+ community has ‘arrived’ due to the many publications that highlight queer and BIPOC work. What I learned during this unfortunate experience is that there remains covert gatekeeping against diverse communities in the literary community. In this hybrid personal/critical essay, I explain the interaction I had with the editors, my search for fellow writers also experiencing discrimination, and the disconcerting reality of covert LGBTQ erasure in the literary world.

On Depression and the Effects of Toxic Positivity in Entrepreneurship [essay]
Adelaide 2023

Entrepreneurs are told a positive mindset and long hours are the key to business success. What of the herculean feat that we entrepreneurs who struggle with mental health undertake each day to steer our businesses and serve our customers? We chose entrepreneurship to protect ourselves from the mandatory 9-5 hours and hard deadlines of corporate jobs. Yet, our efforts are not reflected in the toxic positivity published in popular business magazines such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Inc. It’s time that this side of entrepreneurship sees the light.

Heaps of Home (for Berlin) [poem]
Immigrant Diaries 2023

Moving abroad is like hope in the dark. One can have all the data, but that rarely translates to true knowledge of a place’s potential for home. We leaped toward Berlin blindly, armed only with a job offer, and were delighted to discover a city that felt tailor-made to our sense of security, community, and home.

Of Darkness And Doughnuts [short story]
Scare Street 2021

How does one know they are going mad? What in our surroundings tells us we are rational? In this short story, we get to know a young person who has always been afraid of the dark and chooses to conquer that fear. Their journey takes them down a path of the weird and unexpected, including appeasing the darkness with doughnuts. Throughout the story, the reader begins to question what is real and what takes place in the mind.

1,000 Tiny Cuts [short story]
Unburied 2021

After a woman marries and begins to build a family with an elegant woman who seems totally out of her league, she discovers that what the new wife wants most isn’t domestic bliss but utter control, and she will learn just how far her wife will go to maintain it.

First Grey [essay]
Down in the Dirt 2021

I had a bit of a shock early in the pandemic. A rite of passage thrust upon me before I had planned. The two events mirrored each other — as the pandemic has shown in stark reality, our best-laid plans rarely go off without a hitch.

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Elephantalism [flash fiction]
BluePepper 2021

I had a dream last night that the circus had come to town. Before our eyes, we witnessed an elephant herd created by an unknown force of power held by the ringmaster. Though he had the power to create, he did not possess the power of life. Best read out loud to hear the rhythm of the train and time.

Halt [poem]
The Poetry Archive 2020

Downtime. Relaxation. Taking a break. Sometimes a pause is healthy. But when thrust upon us with no end in sight, one becomes weary, tense, and unsure. When the whole world is faced with the same forced interruption, that tension grows into something else entirely.

Quicksand [poem]
New Feathers Anthology 2020

What if worldwide upheaval is actually a goodness? That in the shifting tide we might build a path toward something new and better, if only we seize the opportunity?