blackbirdonline journalFall 2009  Vol. 8  No. 2
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Twelfth Annual Levis Reading Prize  audio icon
published May 11, 2010
On September 24, 2009 the Department of English and the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University celebrated the awarding of the Twelfth Annual Levis Reading Prize to Katie Ford for her book Colosseum. Terry Oggel, VCU English Department Chair, along with Gregory Donovan and Kathleen Graber, introduced the event. Ford read poems from Colosseum, as well as a few unpublished poems.   Katie Ford
A Conversation with Travis Holland
published February 26, 2010
Travis Holland speaks to how he finds a balance between his life and art, and discusses the historical inspiration behind his debut novel The Archivist’s Story, winner of the seventh annual Cabell First Novelist Award from Virginia Commonwealth University. Holland’s novel touches on the life of Russian writer Isaac Babel, in particular his imprisonment and censorship by the Soviet secret police.   Travis Holland
Levis Remembered  audio icon
published December 2, 2009
Welcome to Blackbird’s eighth Levis Remembered, a visit with the work of Larry Levis and an introduction to the twelfth annual Levis Reading Prize winner, Katie Ford. The prize is given by Larry’s family and the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English to the author of a first or second book of poems. Join us in discovering Katie Ford’s poems and in remembering Larry’s matchless witness to the last decades of the twentieth century.
  Larry Levis

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