blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1
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(Back) Susan Williams, Michael Keller, Jeff Lodge (Middle) Patty Paine, Mathias Svalina (Front) Mary Flinn, Greg Donovan, Jamye Shelleby, Bill Tester. (Yes, we know it looks like he's pasted in; Bill could not be with us for the picture and graciously allowed some digital tomfoolery.)
(Not pictured) Sumitra Duncan, Tim Lutero, Cory McLaughlin, Amy Nunis and Larry Williams.

Gregory Donovan, literary editor and editor-in-chief of Blackbird, Vol. 1 No. 1, has won the Robert Penn Warren award in the poetry competition sponsored by New England Writers (judged by Rosanna Warren), as well as two grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Donovan's poetry collection, Calling His Children Home, was the 1993 Devins Award winner from University of Missouri Press. Donovan is the writer-in-residence for the VCU Glasgow Artists and Writers Workshop.

Mary Flinn, literary editor, has been the Director of New Virginia Review, Inc., since 1985 and is the editor, with George Garrett, of Elvis in Oz, New Writing from the Hollins College Creative Writing Program (1992). She also facilitated the editing of The Gazer Within by Larry Levis (2001), and she has served as the Poetry and Fiction editor of 64 Magazine and as editor of New Virginia Review. She has participated on editors' panels, as a literature fellowship judge for numerous art councils, and as a review panelist for the National Endowment and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She was the first recipient of the Theresa Pollack Award for Words presented by Richmond Magazine.

William Tester, literary editor, is the author of Darling, a novel, Head, a collection of stories, and fiction and poetry in numerous publications. He has taught in the writing programs at Columbia University and SUNY/Oneonta, and he is the recipient of The Mary McCarthy Prize for Fiction, a literature grant from the NEA, fellowships from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and the Hob Broun Prize and PEN/Syndicated Fiction awards.

Michael Keller, managing online editor, is a technologist and writing instructor for Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of English. He has presented at regional and national conferences on computer and writing issues ranging from teaching creative and informational hypertext to reading new media Web texts in the tradition of the lyric sequence. His poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, New Virginia Review, and other publications.

Jeff Lodge, managing online editor, is the author of the novel Where This Lake Is (1997) and fiction, poetry, and essays in GSU Review, Persona, Pleiades, and others. He coordinates the graduate programs in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English, where he teaches literature and writing. He also reviews fiction and nonfiction for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Jamye Shelleby, associate editor, will receive her MFA in Fiction from VCU in May 2002. In 2001, she won an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Project award for "You But Not You," publishing the story in Shenandoah. She is currently revising a novel and a collection of short stories.

Sumitra Duncan, intern, received her BA in English from VCU in December 2001. She served as an editor of Millennium, the university's student literary magazine. She is currently employed at VCU's James Branch Cabell library as a Library Assistant. She writes short fiction and paints.

Tim Lutero, intern, is an MA student in Writing and Rhetoric at VCU. After graduation, he plans to teach writing at the undergraduate level. Currently, he works in information technology for the legal industry.

Cory McLaughlin, intern, will receive his BA in English from VCU in August 2002. He has served as Executive Editor (2002) and Managing Editor (2001) of Millennium. He recently received the J. Edwin Whitesell Undergraduate Essay Award for a critical analysis of Baudelaire's prose poems.

Amy Nunis, intern, will receive her BA in English from VCU in May 2002. She has served as an editor of Millennium.

Patty Paine, intern, is an MFA student in poetry at VCU. Previously, she spent four years in the Marine Corps as a clarinet player in the Marine Band, Quantico, then worked for almost a decade in accounting. She also holds a BA in History from VCU. She has work appearing, or forthcoming, in Atlanta Review, Whiskey Island Magazine, Alligator Juniper, Open Spaces, Bellowing Ark, Creative Juices, Blue Violin, Mosaic and Spectrum.

Mathias Svalina, intern, will receive his MFA in poetry from VCU in May 2002 and was the 2001-2002 Creative Writing Fellow in Poetry. He has work forthcoming in River City Review, Nidus and Willow Springs. He recently won an Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Project award.

Larry Williams, intern, is an MFA student in fiction at VCU. He writes short fiction and is currently working on his first novel. Williams received his BA from VCU in 1999.

Susan Settlemyre Williams, intern, is an MFA student in poetry at VCU. She has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a JD from the University of Richmond. She is retired from the practice of real estate law.