Juventud (Blakeslee)

Author Bio
Birth—August 6, 1979
Raised—Northeastern Pennsylvania, USA
Education—B.A., Rollins College; M.A., University of Central Florida; M.F.A., Vermont College
   of Fine Arts
Awards—IPPY Gold Metal; Bosque Fiction Prize
Currently—lives in Maitland, Florida

Vanessa Blakeslee's debut short story collection, Train Shots, is the winner of the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction and long-listed for the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.

Vanessa's writing has appeared in tte Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, Paris Review Daily, Toronto Globe and Mail, Kenyon Review Online, and Bustle among many others.

Winner of the inaugural Bosque Fiction Prize, she has also been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Banff Centre, Ledig House, the Ragdale Foundation, and in 2013 received the Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.

Born and raised in northeastern Pennsylvania, she is a longtime resident of Maitland, Florida. (From the author.)

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