Vanessa Blakeslee’s writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. Her novel Juventud won the 2015 IPPY Bronze Medal in Literary Fiction, was a finalist for Foreword Review’s Book of the Year, and a runner-up for the Eric Hoffer Award. Her debut story collection Train Shots won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction. “Stand by to Disembark" first appeared in Moon City Review, and is excerpted from her new collection, Perfect Conditions, forthcoming July, 2018 from Curbside Splendor. For more please visit www.vanessablakeslee.com .