A native of northeastern Pennsylvania, Vanessa Blakeslee studied creative writing at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida before earning the MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has appeared in over one hundred publications in print and online, including The Southern Review, The Paris Review Daily, The Globe and Mail, Green Mountains Review, and Going Down Swinging. Her short fiction has been recognized by grants and fellowships from Yaddo, the Ragdale Foundation, The Banff Centre, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and her story "Shadow Boxes" won the inaugural Bosque Fiction Award. In 2013 she received an Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. She recently completed a novel set in South America is currently working on a linked collection of Italian-American stories.
Publications and Prizes
Wordstock Ten (Franklin, Beedle & Associates, 2009)
Ascent, Bellingham Review, Bryant Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Concho River Review, Drunken Boat, Eureka Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, Georgetown Review, Going Down Swinging, Green Mountains Review, Grist, Harpur Palate, Louisiana Literature, Lowestoft Chronicle, nthposition, Saranac Review, Segue, Skidrow Penthouse, Slice Magazine, Southern Humanities Review, storySouth, The Dalhousie Review, The Drum, The Louisiana Review, The Madison Review, The Southern Review, Toasted Cheese
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship Award 2013;"Shadow Boxes," winner of the Bosque Fiction Award; Another World! Fellowship, Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow; United Arts of Central Florida Professional Development grant
The Blind Assassin, Cloud Atlas, The Great Gatsby, The Diamond Age, Bridge of Sighs, Selected Stories: Alice Munro, Wuthering Heights, Lectures on Literature, Dubliners, Winesburg, Ohio
Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Ernest Hemingway, David Mitchell, Jhumpa Lahiri, Flannery O'Connor, Christine Sneed, Leo Tolstoy, Alistair MacLeod, Edith Wharton, George Orwell, Ben Fountain, Vladmir Nabokov, Katherine Mansfield, Jane Austen, Richard Russo, Elizabeth Strout, Philip K. Dick, Mary Gaitskill, Emily Bronte
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Listing last updated: January 30, 2013