About

I’m the author of the debut story collection, Train Shots (Burrow Press, 2014), winner of the 2014 Independent Publisher’s Gold Medal, finalist for the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, and long-listed for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. The book has also been optioned for a feature film by producer/director Hannah Beth King. In October, 2015, Curbside Splendor Publishing will release my debut novel, Juventud — a hugely exciting event I can hardly await. My writing has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, and Tin House Online, among many others, and I have been awarded grants and fellowships from Yaddo, the Banff Centre, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Ledig House, and elsewhere. In 2013 I was one of four recipients of an Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. An alumnus of both the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ conferences, I also earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Many of the craft essays featured here are revised versions of critical assignments composed during my tenure at VCFA, cited by The Atlantic as one of the top 5 programs of its kind. This site is intended as a place for readers and writers with a passion for great literature to gain insight into craft, form, and process through the essays and meditations I choose to feature here.

My essays and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming at the Iowa Review, the Kenyon Review Online, The Millions, and Bustle, to name a few.

For events and appearances, please visit: http://www.vanessablakeslee.com/. You can also visit my Goodreads and Amazon author pages. http://www.amazon.com/VanessaBlakeslee/e/B00FZ0395S

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