Vanessa Blackslee


Vanessa Blakeslee's most recent book, Perfect Conditions: stories is a Chicago Tribune 2018 "Summer Reads" pick. Her debut novel, Juventud (Curbside Splendor, 2015), was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as a "tale of self-discovery and intense first love." A previous recipient of the Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Vanessa has also been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Ledig House/Writers Omi, the Banff Centre and many others. Find her online at