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Founded in 2001 as a joint venture of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English and New Virginia Review, Inc.

Copyright © 2016 by Blackbird and the individual writers and artists

ISSN 1540-3068


Here is the order in which the editors suggest you read, view, and listen to the current issue of Blackbird.

Search (left menu) provides results from both the current issue and archives.


Introductions Reading Loop

Graham Hillard
   Oldest Squirrel Monkey in Captivity
   The Polygrapher

Cindy King
   Girl in Sheep’s Clothing (1989)
   An Invitation

Caitlin McGill
   Beyond Grief

Colin Orr

Dustin Pearson
   Mr. Hen
   Letter 2
   Letter 5
   Letter 7
   Letter 14
   Letter 15

Heidi Vornbrock Roosa
   She Negative

Cabell First Novelist Award Reading Loop

Angela Flournoy
   from The Turner House

Cabell First Novelist Award 
   A Reading by Angela Flournoy
   A Panel Discussion
   A Conversation with Angela Flournoy

Matthew Phipps
   Review | The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Claudia Emerson Reading Loop

AWP Memorial Panel and Reading
 Remembering Claudia Emerson
   with panelists Kathleen Graber, Jill
   McCorckle, Emilia Phillips, Wyatt Prunty,    
   featured readers, & audience members.

Andrew Hudgins
   Claudia Emerson: Elegy after Elegy

Lauren Miner
   Elevating the Art: Claudia Emerson’s Treeshop

Diana Arterian
   The Little GirlBoy Lost
   London Song

Sara Biggs Chaney
   In Which St. Irene, Born Penelope, Is Spared
      by Beasts of Water, Earth and Sky

Monica Datta
   Poupée de cire, poupée de son

Vi Khi Nao
   Black Snow
   Coat The Skillet
   Gỏi Gà
   How Long Have You Been Sleeping, Snow?
   Licking Light

Margaret Gibson
   Continuing the Story

Liz Appel

Jennifer Franklin
   Amor Fati
   Lavinia, Afterwards
   Philomela After the Metamorphosis

Janet Peery
   The Accident

Kathy Fagan
   Cooper’s Hawk

E. L. Tremblay
   The Language of the Heart

Andy Fogle
   Crossing Mourning Kill

Mark Irwin
   Brief Sketch from There to Here
   The Chimpanzee

Sandy Longhorn
   A Coward for a Daughter
   October Chorus

Dana Crum
   Bruised Forest
   i know who you are
   Rec Center

Debra Nystrom
   Seasons Change Before We’re Ready
   Where the Cancer Center’s New Wing Will Be

Zoe Gadegbeku
   At a Stranger's Funeral

Derek Mong
   Colloquy with St. Mary of Egypt

Martha Silano
   Derivation Devotional

Amina Gautier
   Childhood, Princesshood, Motherhood

Kathryn Merwin
   Consort (Carriage & Miscarriage)

Steven Ratiner
   Schubert (with the volume turned up)
   So It Goes

Paisley Rekdal
   from The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime,
       and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam

Jeanne Larsen
   The Shock of War & All Those Bodies Effed [Dead

Rob Shapiro
   Abandoned Shacks in North Carolina

John Poch
   Independence Creek

Brendan Galvin

Etkin Camoglu
   Garlic Baby
   Hollywood Beach

Maggie Schwed
   Bedtime in the Tropical Hotel

C. Dale Young
   Las Palmas Reales

Marcela Sulak
   To Get Here Today (a piano)

Seth Brady Tucker
   Kwik-n-Reddy™ Pastry Recipe for Poetry Golem
   Technology Used by Dogs

Jorge Benitez
   Unequivocal Painting: The Watercolors of Javier Tapia

Kelly Cherry
   Review | 7000 Sparrows by Duffie Taylor

Chelsea Gillenwater
   Review | I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows

Amanda Goemmer
   Review | Cities I've Never Lived In by Sara Majka

Rosanna Oh
   Review | Overpour by Jane Wong

Cassie Pruyn
   Review | There Should Be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza       

Carrie Brown & Hiba Krisht
   Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize Reading

Gregory Kimbrell & Allison Titus
   A Reading by Gregory Kimbrell and Allison Titus

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