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Vanessa Blakeslee

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Drills Drills Drills

I don’t think I can push out my hip any farther. My hip is stretched to the limit, pointed at a diagonal toward the back corner of the studio. It’s Sunday, and...
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From Page to Stage

Any day now, my instructor at Orlando Bellydance will post the official date and performance sign-up sheet for the annual Summer Gala. As in previous years, the...
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The Mask & the Sword

We turn and lower our swords. In the mirror the gleaming blade divides my face, the saber extended and upright, aligned above my bent knee. Head slides right, l...
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.