Vanessa Blakeslee

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Doorway of Dreams

As a young reader I had a bookmark which read, Dare to dream the impossible against a glittery backdrop of Pegasus in flight. When the bookmark wasn’t wedged be...
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Choreography as Poem

Today I wrote a new poem. Only not with words, but with my body. This poem is set to music, a slow, snake-like song called “The Sensual Chifti” which I fell ...
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Audition Season

Several weeks have passed since this October’s production of An Evening Unveiled, the twice-yearly show presented by my dance school, Orlando Bellydance. As dar...
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Limbo or Limitless?

I’m having one of those rare weeks as a writer. After nearly a month of editing the novel, reading each chapter aloud to catch any typos or clangs I might have ...
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I am Not a Caesar

We interrupt the typical Shimmying Writer business--and by typical we mean the mind-boggling way in which Ms. Blakeslee continues to relevantly unite writing an...
Vanessa Blakeslee

Vanessa Blakeslee

Vanessa Blakeslee’s writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. Her novel Juventud won the 2015 IPPY Bronze Medal in Literary Fiction, was a finalist for Foreword Review’s Book of the Year, and a runner-up for the Eric Hoffer Award. Her debut story collection Train Shots won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction. “The Perfect Pantry" is excerpted from her new collection, Perfect Conditions, forthcoming July, 2018 from Curbside Splendor.