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John Vanderslice

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John Vanderslice hails from southern Maryland, specifically the eccentric community of Moyaone, which was developed in the 1950sand 60s by a fearless crew of overeducated, wannabe hippies and anti-social survivalists escaping from Washington DC and its ruthlessly expanding white collar suburbs. After twelve years of Catholic schooling, and too many summers working as a lifeguard, he left the southern Maryland woods to attend the University of Virginia, from which he graduated in 1983. A series of silly jobs, and a flurry of different addresses, in the Washington DC metro area finally led to him entering the MFA in Poetry Writing program at George Mason University in 1986, where he studied under Peter Klappert, William Matthews, and Susan Ti ...more

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Thanks to all who participated in the just concluded giveaway contest for my new short story collection Island Fog (Lavender Ink) or have added the book to their Goodreads lists. Well, great news: the bookis out!!! By out I do mean out. It is available on Amazon, Amazon.co.uk, BN.com, and in e-book form for the Kindle. Read away! Thanks again.
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