Vanessa Furse Jackson


Vanessa Furse Jackson is English, coming from a family with deep roots in Devonshire. However, married to Robb Jackson, an Ohio native, she lived in the United States for almost thirty years, the majority of them spent teaching literature and writing at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

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 short stories, What I Cannot Say to You, came out from the University of Missouri Press in 2003. Her second collection, Small Displacements, was published by Livingston Press in 2010 and won the PEN Texas 2011 Southwest Award for Fiction. She also co-authored a book of poems with her husband Robb, entitled Crane Creek, Two Voices, which was published by Fithian Press in 2011. Her first novel, The Revolving Year, came out in the fall of 2013 from Barking Rain Press. A second novel about the same characters, The Anthropologist’s Daughter, was released by Barking Rain in June 2015. Her newest book is a poetry collection, Grief Road, published by Iron Press in 2019.

Vanessa returned to England in January 2014, following Robb’s unexpected death. She now lives just outside Winchester in Hampshire.