Vanessa Blakeslee
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About Vanessa Blakeslee
Vanessa Blakeslee's latest book, Perfect Conditions: stories is the winner of the Foreword Reviews’ 2018 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award for Short Stories (Gold), the 2019 IPPY Silver Medal for Short Story Fiction (Silver), the NIEA (Gold), and was a Chicago Tribune "Summer Reads" Pick, among other accolades. Her debut novel, Juventud (Curbside Splendor, 2015), was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "tale of self-discovery and intense first love." The book earned high praise 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. Her writing has appeared in The Southern ReviewThe Paris Review DailyPublishers WeeklyThe Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, and many more. She has been awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Finalist for the Sherwood Anderson Award and Carson McCullers Fellowship, among others. Blakeslee has taught writing for Rollins College, UCF, the University of Hong Kong and Goddard College, and volunteers with 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