Today at the Passages North blog column, Writers on Writing, I delve into a long-avoided topic — my decision to give up dance to focus solely on a literary career. You can read the essay here: http://passagesnorth.com/2013/09/writers-on-writing-59-vanessa-blakeslee/

It’s worth noting that I wrote this in mind as the final essay in a series, The Shimmying Writer, which the Burrow Press Review ran from 2011-2012. The series explores my journey into dance as a writer, the lessons and challenges of practicing two very different art forms — one rooted in the mind, the other in the body, yet both drawing from imagination, practice, and form. If you’d like to check out the essays leading up to “Two Masters,” you can find them here: http://www.burrowpressreview.com/tag/the-shimmying-writer/