blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1

A joint venture of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc.


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Rick Barot
On January 25, 2004, Craig Beaven of Blackbird met with poet Rick Barot, author of the collection The Darker Fall, at Barot's office at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. They discussed the making of poems and of poetry collections as well as the creative process in general.

Samuel R. Delany
In September of 2003, critic and science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany visited Virginia Commonwealth University and neighboring Virginia Union University, reading from his fiction and nonfiction and delivering a lecture titled "The History of the Word 'Queer.'" He met with Marcel Cornis-Pope, chair of the Department of English at VCU, and Nathan Long, assistant professor of English at VUU, to talk about poetics, race, gender, queer studies, and contemporary literary theory.

T. R. Hummer
In October of 2003, Blackbird editor Gregory Donovan met with poet T. R. Hummer in Donovan's office on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University. A talk about music and poetry turned into a lengthy discussion of jazz, bluegrass, blues, and bebop, and especially the culture that forms the background for Hummer's "For Dancers Only: Suite for Jimmie Lunceford, 1902-1947" (published in text and audio in this issue of Blackbird) and for The Infinity Sessions, the work-in-progress of which "Dancers" is a part.

Susan Aizenberg
In October of 2003, Blackbird editor Gregory Donovan and poet David Wojahn, both of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English, met with Susan Aizenberg, winner of the Sixth Annual Levis Reading Prize, at VCU. They talked about Muse, Aizenberg's prize-winning poetry collection, about influences, about trends, and more.

Andrew Hudgins
This audio interview with Andrew Hudgins was conducted and edited by Troy Teegarden and recorded at the Sewanee Writers' Conference at the University of the South on July 22, 2003.

Isabel Zuber
On October 3, 2003, Patty Smith of the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English met with writer Isabel Zuber on the VCU campus. Zuber was in Richmond to receive the second VCU First Novelist Award for her novel Salt, published by Picador in 2002. Their conversation focused primarily on Salt, its origins, its structure, its setting, and its characters.

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