blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1
poetry gallery features

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(Left to right) Front row: Mary Flinn, Susan Settlemyre Williams, Sallie Jennings, Gregory Donovan; Second row: Cynthia Lotze, Anna Journey, Jennifer Merrifield, Dani Vukovic, Kelsey Trom; Third row: Yazmina Beverly, Lenore Gay, Jeff Lodge; Fourth row: Steven Collis, Megan Boles, M. A. Keller. (Not pictured: Mary Lee Allen, Michaux Dempster, R. Suzanne Girdner)

Gregory Donovan, senior editor, 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 Virginia Commonwealth University Glasgow Artists and Writers Workshop.

Mary Flinn, senior 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.

M. A. Keller, online editor, is a technologist and writing instructor for Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of English. His poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, New Virginia Review, Runes, and other publications. He has presented in the computers and writing community on issues of technology and writing pedagogy, creative and informational hypertext, and New Media.

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

Steven Collis, associate editor, is a second-year MFA student at Virginia Commonwealth University and has a BA in English from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is studying fiction and is currently writing his second novel. His work is forthcoming in Proteus: A Journal of Ideas.

Susan Settlemyre Williams, associate literary editor, holds an MFA in poetry from VCU, as well as 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. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in River City, Shenandoah, Barrow Street, The Cream City Review, DIAGRAM, storySouth, and other journals; and a book review has recently appeared in Review Revue. Her interviews and book reviews have run in several issues of Blackbird.

Yazmina Beverly, intern, is a first-year MFA student in fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her BA in English from Spelman College.

Megan Boles, intern, is a second-year MA student in writing & rhetoric at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her BS in Mass Communications from VCU in 2003.

Michaux Dempster, intern, holds an MA in writing & rhetoric from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a second-year MFA student in fiction at VCU. She is the first recipient of VCU's David Baldacci Fiction Fellowship.

Anna Journey, intern, received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University's School of the Arts, where she is currently a first-year MFA student in poetry. She is a recipient of the Catherine and Joan Byrne Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

Cynthia Grier Lotze, intern, is a second-year MFA student in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her writing has been published in Aubade, Visions International and iPARENT Magazine.

Jennifer Merrifield, intern, is a first-year MFA student in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her poetry has appeared in Controlled Burn, Terminus, and elsewhere. New work is forthcoming in Sycamore Review, Minima, Redactions, Review Revue, and the anthology Wild Sweet Notes II: More West Virginia Poetry. Her interview with Allison Joseph is an upcoming Blackbird feature.

Kelsey Trom, intern, is a first-year MFA fiction student at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Danica Natalia Vukovic, intern, grew up in Kingston Ontario, Canada, and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Trent University in 1993. After living In Budapest, Hungary, for one year teaching English as a second language, she moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, and taught at various language schools. In 1997 she moved to the United States to pursue a degree in Secondary English at the University of Maine, and in 2002 she received an MA in Composition from Northeastern University. Danica has published in Fourth Genre: Creative Explorations in Nonfiction, and The Journal of Politics and Culture. This May she will graduate from VCU with an MFA in creative nonfiction.

Mary Lee Allen, volunteer, is Secretary for the Center for Palladian Studies in America. She holds a Master of Humanities degree from the University of Richmond and an MA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University and is retired from the Assistant Directorship of Gunston Hall, a historic house museum. She studies poetry writing.

Lenore Gay, volunteer, holds an MS in Sociology and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is on the faculty of the Department of Rehabilitation Counseling at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Virginia Center for Creative Arts has awarded her two writing fellowships. In 2003 Beacon Press published her essay "Mistresses of Magic" in the anthology In Praise of Our Teachers.

R. Suzanne Girdner, volunteer, received her BA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2004. Currently, she is a professional working to save for the small fortune that is graduate school.

Sallie Lupton Jennings, volunteer, studied literature at Antioch College and has an MA in Psychology from New School for Social Research. Retired from vocational rehabilitation counseling and photography, she studied playwriting with William Packard at HB Studios in New York and won a one-act play contest with a staged reading at the Barksdale Theater in Richmond, Virginia, in 2002. Publication of her first poem is forthcoming in the Quaker journal, What Cans't Thou Say?