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Vanessa Furse Jackson
Vanessa Furse Jackson comes originally from England. However, married to an Ohio native, she's been resident in the United States for over twenty years and currently lives and writes in Corpus Christi, Texas, on the Gulf of Mexico.
Having spent ten years in professional theatre in London, Vanessa went back to college in Chichester, England, in her early thirties. She received a first-class Honours degree in Related Arts, then embarked on what proved to be an extended adventure in the United States. After marrying a fellow graduate student and poet, Robb Jackson, she received two degrees from Bowling Green State University, an MFA in Creative Writing in 1986 and a Ph.D. in English in 1990. Vanessa and Robb are now both Professors of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where they teach literature and creative writing.
A book about her great grandfather, THE POETRY OF HENRY NEWBOLT: PATRIOTISM IS NOT ENOUGH, was published in 1994 by ELT Press. Her first collection of stories, WHAT I CANNOT SAY TO YOU, was published in 2003 by the University of Missouri Press, and her second collection, SMALL DISPLACEMENTS, came out in June 2010 from Livingston Press. A book of poetry, co-authored with her husband Robb Jackson, entitled CRANE CREEK, TWO VOICES, was published by Fithian Press in 2011.
Book Award: SMALL DISPLACEMENTS won the PEN Texas 2011 Southwest prize for fiction. The judge, novelist Matt Bondurant, said, "These are gorgeously written, heartrending stories of human beings making their way in this world and finding truth, despite its terrible costs. This is a story collection that reaffirms my faith in literature."