Vanessa Blakeslee's latest book, Perfect Conditions: stories (July, 2018) was a Chicago Tribune "Summer Reads" Pick. The book has just been named a finalist for the Foreword Reviews’ 2018 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award (Short Story) and for the Montaigne Medal by the Eric Hoffer Award Committee. Blakeslee's debut novel, Juventud (Curbside Splendor, 2015), was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "tale of self-discovery and intense first love." The book won accolades from the Jewish Book Council, the LA Progressive, Bustle, Washington Independent Review of Books, the Rumpus, the SIBA Award/Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, to name a few. Her story collection, Train Shots (Burrow Press) won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction, was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and optioned for a feature film. Vanessa's writing has appeared in The Southern Review, The Paris Review Daily, Publishers Weekly, The Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. She has been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, Writers Omi, The Banff Centre, the Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and many more. She teaches writing at Rollins College and serves on the Board of Directors for the Jack Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project of Orlando, FL.
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“Train Shots announces an outstanding new voice. Vanessa Blakeslee’s stories traverse a trilling range of landscapes and voices, but no matter where her characters find themselves, their struggles with lost love and loneliness are authentic and engrossing and will not soon be forgotten.”
~Laura van den Berg, author of The Isle of Youth and What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us