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 Vanessa Saunders is a writer living in New Orleans.


She teaches as a Professor of Practice at Loyola University New Orleans.


Her feminist experimental novel, The Flat Woman, won FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize. It is forthcoming from University of Alabama Press in fall 2024.

Her fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has been published or is forthcoming from Seneca Review, Sycamore Review, Los Angeles Review, Western Humanities Review, Nat. Brut, Entropy, PANK, Passages North,  Stockholm Review of Literature and other journals.


She was a finalist for the Seneca Review's Lyric Essay Book Prize and was longlisted for the Tarpaulin Sky Press Book Award. She founded Helium Journal, serving as the editor-in-chief from 2013-2016. 


She is currently at work on a book-long prose poem and a novel of magical realism about whiteness. 

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