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Vanessa D. Fisher
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Vanessa D. Fisher is a published author, poet, public speaker, cultural critic, and self-ascribed Global Nomad with a keen interest in international issues as they intersect with gender, spirituality, art and culture. Originally from Canada, Vanessa now lives in South Korea, where she works as an ESL teacher and is an active volunteer for international organizations related to women's issues and sex trafficking.

In her early 20s, Vanessa completed her degree in Religion, Literature, and the Arts from the University of British Columbia and pursued her career as an author and public speaker on issues of gender, sexuality, pop culture and spirituality. At age twenty-seven, after years of working with many inspired spiritual leaders and organizations in North America, her passion for adventure and her desire to bridge cross-cultural connections with Asia and beyond brought her to South Korea, which is the first stop of her nomadic pilgrimage around the world. Vanessa's given Korean name is 초화 (Chohwa), which translates as "the first fire." She has gained a reputation for her rebellious spirit, her blunt honesty, her deep commitment to truth and justice, and her love for art and beauty in all its forms.

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Blog Entries by Vanessa D. Fisher

The Flame of Beauty: Reflections on a Poet's Journey

(4) Comments | Posted May 19, 2012 | 9:50 AM

I came across a beautiful poem today by Paublo Neruda that felt deeply resonant with my own path as a poet. I've included the poem at the end of this piece, but wanted to preface it by sharing a bit about my own somewhat unorthodox path and journey as a...

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My Descent Into Hell and What it Taught Me About Beauty

(14) Comments | Posted April 15, 2012 | 10:38 AM

"Do not think you have gained a virtue unless you have first been tried by its opposite." -- Saint Teresa of Avila

In my younger years, I was a geeky, skinny girl and a self-chosen tomboy. It wasn't until my teens that I started to develop into what others considered...

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