Vanessa Place

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Vanessa Place (1968) is a poet, fiction writer and criminal defense attorney. She earned a BA at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MFA at Antioch University, and a JD at Boston University.

Place is the author of Dies: A Sentence (2005), a novel-in-verse written as a single 117-page sentence; La Medusa (2008); the Tragodía trilogy, composed of legal documents; and Boycott (2013). She coauthored Notes on Conceptualisms (2009) with Robert Fitterman. She is also the author of the legal analysis The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality, and Law (2010). Place coedited I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women with Caroline Bergvall, Laynie Browne, and Teresa Carmody and translated Frank Smith’s Guantanamo (2013).

Place codirects Les Figues Press and divides her time between Los Angeles and New York City.


Fiction, Poetry[edit]

  • Dies: A Sentence, intro. Susan McCabe, Los Angeles: Les Figues, 2005, 145 pp. Excerpt, Excerpt. [1] [2]
  • La Medusa, Fiction Collective 2, and University of Alabama Press, 2008, 488 pp. Excerpt. Reviews: Davis (Bookslut), Sobelle (BOMB). [3] [4]
  • Tragodía 1: Statement of Facts, Los Angeles: Blanc Press, 2010, 430 pp, PDF. Excerpt. Reviews: Anna Moschovakis (Am Book Rev), Zultanski (Jacket2). [5] [6]
    • Exposé des faits, trans. Nathalie Peronny, éditions ère, 2010, 128 pp. Excerpt. [7] (French)
  • Tragodía 2: Statement of the Case, Insert Blanc Press, 2011, 80 pp. [8] [9]
  • Tragodía 3: Argument, 2011, 298 pp. [10]
  • Andersens Wank, forew. Martin Glaz Serup, Aarhus: After Hand, 2012, 100 pp. [11] (Danish)
  • Boycott, Brooklyn, NY: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2013. [12]


  • The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, Other Press, 2010, 336 pp. [19]