Jeannie Vanasco

    writer, teacher, sometimes collagist

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I’ve cleaned motel rooms, managed a citizen journalism project based in Sudan, waitressed the night-shift, taught creative writing at both the high school and university levels, volunteered at a carousel museum, and ghostwrote for a French philosopher. Most recently I’m a 2014 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House and a 2014 recipient of the Amy Prize from Poets & Writers. I live in Brooklyn with my boyfriend and our two cats, Flannery and Bishop. I’m writing a book of nonfiction involving necronyms, mental illness, and an artificial eye. An excerpted version is forthcoming in the Believer. My poetry is forthcoming in Little Star Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere.


Diabolical birdhouses, erasure, the Pythagorean Principle of Harmony, Emily Dickinson, etc

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I teach undergraduates at Hunter College. I also have taught at Harlem Children’s Zone and New York University.


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nineteenth-century anthropomorphic taxidermy tableaux, the history of artificial eyes, murder scene dollhouse dioramas by a millionaire heiress, Swedish poetry, etc


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