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Vanessa Blakeslee

Author's Bio

Vanessa Blakeslee is the author of the debut novel, Juventud (Curbside Splendor, 2015). Her short story collection, Train Shots (Burrow Press, 2014) won the IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction. The book was also long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and has been optioned for a feature film by producer/director Hannah Beth King. Vanessa's writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily,The Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among many others. Finalist for the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, she has also been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Banff Centre, Ledig House, the Ragdale Foundation, and in 2013 received the Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Vanessa earned her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, she is a longtime resident of Maitland, Florida.

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
Train Shots, 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal in Short Fiction; Train Shots, Long-listed for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; Winner of the Bosque Fiction Prize; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship Award

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
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
Favorite Authors:
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: September 16, 2015

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East Stroudsburg, PA
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Brodheadville, PA
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