Jeannie Vanasco is the author of the memoirs Things We Didn’t Talk About When I Was a Girl—which was named a New York Times Editors' Choice and a best book of 2019 by TIME, Esquire, Kirkus, among others—and The Glass Eye, which Poets & Writers called one of the five best literary nonfiction debuts of 2017. Her forthcoming book, A Silent Treatment, is about her mom's life and use of the silent treatment. Vanasco is collaborating with her mom on the book.
Vanasco's essays have appeared in the Believer, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere. They cover subjects as wide-ranging as artificial eyes in fiction, artists named after dead siblings, nineteenth-century house-moving, and the history of erasure literature. Her poetry honors include an Emerging Poets Fellowship from Poets House and an Amy Award from Poets & Writers.
Born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio, she lives in Baltimore and is an associate professor of English at Towson University.