Vanessa Manko

Vanessa Manko is the author of The Invention of Exile, which was a finalist for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and a Kirkus Reviews’ best book of 2014. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and Dance Magazine. Formerly the Dance Editor of The Brooklyn Rail, Vanessa trained in ballet at the North Carolina School of the Arts and danced with the Charleston Ballet Theatre. She has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Goucher College, and SUNY Purchase. She currently teaches creative writing at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and is an Executive Assistant at Narrative 4.