Participating in TrIP Orlando: the Transit Interpretation Project

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In November I had the opportunity to participate in TrIP Orlando, a.k.a. the Transit Interpretation Project. When I signed on to participate, I had no idea that doing so would turn into a double-your-pleasure, double-your-fun experience. Initially I was supposed to ride my LYNX bus route solo. Then project mastermind Pat Greene teamed me up with ultra-talented filmmaker Woodruff Laputka of Laputka Films, and my solitary immersion assignment expanded to include becoming the subject of Woodruff’s micro-documentary as we darted from bus stop to stop throughout the day.

You can read more about my take on the project as well as the poems generated afterward here, in my guest post on the TrIP blog: http://thecorridorproject.wordpress.com/2013/12/26/trip-blog-day-25-pantoum-of-lynx-route-40-by-vanessa-blakeslee-trip_orlando-publictransportation/

To watch my onscreen debut and for a glimpse of the TrIP project in action, click here: Micro-documentary, “TrIP,” featuring Vanessa Blakeslee by Laputka Films, 2013.

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“Inside the Nest” at Atticus Review

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I’m honored to have been named this month’s Featured Fiction Writer at Atticus Review, where I had the pleasure of discussing the craft of fiction writing as well as my debut story collection, Train Shots, with editor Jamie Iredell. You can read the two stories — both aptly chosen for their Jesus-theme — and our conversation here. “Ask Jesus” is included in Train Shots and first appeared in The Madison Review and subsequently in the snazzy Australian journal, Going Down Swinging; I’m thrilled that its poised to gain an even larger audience online. “Jesus Surfs” was a finalist in the Wordstock Short Fiction Contest and published in the Wordstock Ten anthology. It’s one of my favorite stories, a homage of sorts to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, one that I hope will find its place in another collection of mine someday.

You can read the interview and stories at Atticus Review here: http://atticusreview.org/featured-fiction-writer-vanessa-blakeslee/

 

Review of Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane at KR Online

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My review of Kevin Barry’s lyrically-stunning dystopian page-turner, City of Bohane, is featured in the latest issue of Kenyon Review Online. I can’t recommend this novel highly enough. You can read the review here: http://www.kenyonreview.org/kr-online-issue/2014-winter/selections/city-of-bohane-by-kevin-barry-738439/