Vasilisa graduated from Ridgeland High School (now Jasper County High) in Ridgeland, S.C., at age 16 and completed her undergraduate degree at age 20. She is a native of Pocotaligo, S.C. (now Point South), a small town located near the Palmetto State’s south coast, so named in honor of the Pocotaligo Indians, the area’s original inhabitants.
Vasilisa earned a BA in journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia and an MS in professional writing from Towson University in Maryland. When she earned her MSPW from Towson in 1992, she was only the third black person to do so.
Vasilisa has worked in television, radio, newspapers, public relations, publications, and film and is on the adjunct faculty of Limestone and Park colleges and USC’s University 101 program.
Her hobbies include reading, writing, taking long walks, keeping in touch with family and friends via letters, traveling, listening to her favorite music, going to movies, and playing the clarinet and piano.