blackbirdonline journalSpring 2011  Vol. 10  No. 1
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Tomas Tranströmer’s Sorrow Gondola    
Patty Crane offers a new translation of Swedish poet and Nobel Prize recipient Tomas Tranströmer’s 1996 book of poems Sorgegondolen (Sorrow Gondola). Included in this suite are Crane’s English translations, the poems in Swedish, a reading of three poems in Swedish by Filip Svensson, “Good Evening, Beautiful Deep,” an essay by David Wojahn, and “Letter to Tomas Tranströmer” by Jean Valentine.   Tomas Tranströmer
Introductions Reading Loop    
Each spring we use the Introductions Reading Loop to bring to your attention writers whose work you may be encountering for the first time. In this issue, we feature fiction by Julie Hensley and Chris Leo and poetry from Brittany Cavallaro, Jenny Johnson, Eve Jones, and Yu Shibuya. We expect that you will be glad to discover these writers now—and to hear of them again later in their careers, as you no doubt will.   Yu Shibuya
First Novelist Reading Loop audio    
Now in its ninth year, the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award, created to celebrate the nation’s first year-long novel workshop, recognizes a new literary talent and is presented at the VCU Cabell First Novelist Festival. The festival highlights the journey a writer undertakes from idea to publication, with a focus on those elements that make the experience unique. The 2010 winner of the First Novelist Award is Victor Lodato for Mathilda Savitch.  
Kathleen Graber: An Audio Suite audio    
This suite features three audio captures of Kathleen Graber. First she interviews Kate Greenstreet on February 12, 2010, following Greenstreet’s reading at the Virginia Musuem of Fine Arts. Then Graber reads her own work alongside Jake Adam York on March 3, 2010, at the Library of Virginia as a part of the Fresh Ink reading series, and on January 27, 2010, she reads with Jean Valentine for VCU’s Visiting Writer Series.   Kathleen Graber
A Reading by Mathias Svalina & Allison Titus audio    
Mathias Svalina and Allison Titus read from their 2010 debut collections, Destruction Myth and Sum of Every Lost Ship, in addition to new work on December 2, 2010 as a part of the Virginia Commonwealth University Visiting Writers series. Both are introduced by Gregory Donovan. The Visiting Writers series is sponsored by the VCU Department of English and the creative writing program.   Allison Titus
Zero Hour Archive  audio    
Zero Hour, hosted by Tim Bowring, is a radio show broadcast on WRIR, Richmond Indpendent Radio, 97.3 in Richmond, Virginia. Each week Bowring interviews visual artists, curators, critics, and editors to investigate "the why" of visual arts. Blackbird hosts Zero Hour interviews from 2006–2009 in this “out-of-issue” archive. Though our usual practice is to stream audio, the mp3 format is our choice here for easy download and portability.   WRIR 97.3 Richmond Independent Radio
Tracking the Muse
Six Contributors on Process

Since 2007, we have invited contributors featured in our annual Introductions Loop to provide us with some insight to their creative process—myth, emotional autobiography, place, Google, time travel, arrogance, a second life, reciprocality, lostness, maps.Brittany Cavallaro, Julie Hensley, Jenny Johnson, Eve Jones, Chris Leo, and Yu Shibuya continue this tradition in the closing feature of Blackbird v10n1, “Tracking The Muse.”

  Brittany Cavallero

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