I had read about the Permian Basin but never thought I’d have the chance to go there. Fate, however, works in unexpected ways. Last May, my partner, Mark, and I found ourselves heading south of Roswell, NM, on US Route 285, bound for Fort Stockton, Texas. This wasn’t a route…

My Year Visiting Big Cat Sanctuaries

The lion, hunched in place, let loose a guttural bellow unlike anything I’d ever heard. “What was that?” I asked the nearby volunteer. “A lion’s roar,” he said. “ That’s a lion’s roar?” I replied, incredulous. He held up a hand, said, “Listen.” From…

Vanessa Blakeslee

American fiction writer, essayist, literary critic. Award-winning author of Perfect Conditions: stories (2018), Juvenud (2015) and Train Shots: stories (2014).

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