blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


FEATURE | January 17, 2005

An Interview with Michael Byers
On September 16, 2004, David Pandolfe, a second-year fiction student in Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA Program in Creative Writing, met with writer Michael Byers in the Blackbird office on the VCU campus. Byers was in Richmond to receive the third VCU First Novelist Award for his novel Long for This World, published by Houghton Mifflin in 2003. Their conversation focused primarily on Long for This World—where it began, how it took shape, the way it changed from words on a page into an award-winning novel.