blackbirdonline journalFall 2012 Vol. 11 No. 2
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Levis Remembered     
Welcome to Blackbird’s eleventh Levis Remembered, a reading loop with a look at the poetry and process of Larry Levis and an introduction to the fifteenth annual Levis Reading Prize winner, Katherine Larson. The prize is given by Larry’s family and VCU’s Department of English to the author of a first or second book of poems. Join us in discovering Katherine Larson and in remembering Larry’s matchless witness to the last decades of the twentieth century.   Larry Levis
A Reading by Ron Carlson and Kelly Cherry     
In celebration of the first awarding of the Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize, inaugural winner Kelly Cherry reads from her winning short story “On Familiar Terms,” which appeared in v10n1. She is joined by Ron Carlson, who reads from his novel, The Signal. The Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize periodically awards $2,000 to the best work of fiction published in Blackbird, with emphasis on work by an emerging or underappreciated writer.   Kelly Cherry
A Reading by Dana Levin & Matthew Zapruder     
Poets Dana Levin and Matthew Zapruder read from their collections, Sky Burial and Come On All You Ghosts, in addition to new work, on April 5, 2012 as part of the Virginia Commonwealth University Visiting Writers series. Both are introduced by poet and Blackbird senior editor Gregory Donovan. The Visiting Writers series is sponsored by the VCU Department of English and the creative writing program.   Matthew Zapruder
A Reading by Steve Scafidi     
Introduced by Leslie Shiel, poet and VCU alumnus Steve Scafidi read at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond on April 2, 2011. Scafidi read a selection of published and new work, including poems from his Abraham Lincoln series; five poems from that series appear in this issue of Blackbird. Scafidi was invited to read on behalf of the the Leslie Shiel Endowed Scholarship for Creative Writing, which also sponsored the event.   Steve Scafidi

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