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Who are We?

About We're Here

You’ve found us! We’re so glad you’re here. 


We’re Here started in a small university meeting room. Abi and Melissa sat at a table surrounded by bookshelves post-meeting, and ended up talking for hours. They discussed old, vintage book titles and trashy television shows, and asked, flippantly, “What if we started a podcast?” At this point, it was a complete joke; our pretend title had something to do with “sex ensuing,” in reference to said trashy televisions shows.


As two creatives, we often doubt our own capabilities, using sarcasm to mask the idea that we might actually have something to say. But we kept thinking about it anyway. We are both writers, and having met in an MFA program where we worked together in workshops and at a literary journal, we decided to put our storytelling and research skills to the test. After a couple years of throwing the idea around, a pandemic that halted everything, and a few false starts, we ended up in the same position: both having left full-time, life-sucking jobs for  part-time, freelance positions. We kind of looked at each other and knew: it was time to really start this thing. 


At that point, our conversations had evolved a bit, and we often lamented together about different aspects of our broken world. The pandemic exacerbated already cracked systems within our society, and it seemed as if we all felt the itch to actually do something about it all. We often talked about environmental issues, psychological studies, and historical injustices that still prevail in our modern culture. We lived in D.C., where one mindset often outweighs all the others, but we knew that these topics look different in different places around the globe. We wanted to see for ourselves.


And here we are. 


Welcome to the We're Here podcast, where each episode aims to take listeners to a specific place, so we can investigate the human side of environmental, psychological, and historical issues. Travel is an important aspect of our podcast, as we strive to understand what T.S. Elliot said: “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” What we discover in each episode helps us both view the world differently, and view our own homes through a new lens.


About Your Co-Hosts

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Abi Newhouse is a graduate of George Mason University's M.F.A. program, where she studied creative nonfiction and was named the Prose Fellow in her final year. Two of her essays won different writing contests, one at The Hunger Journal and one at Sink Hollow. Some of her other work can be found in The Rumpus, The American Scholar, Mud Season Review, and other literary journals. 

Melissa Wade graduated with an M.F.A. in fiction, also from George Mason University. She received the Alan Cheuse International Writer’s Travel Grant, as well as the Thesis Fellowship and the Mary Rinehart Robinson Fiction Award. Her essays can be found at phoebe journal, and her fiction is forthcoming in the form of a novel set in Switzerland, concerning assisted suicide. She works as a freelance photographer and educator while writing.

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