blackbirdonline journalFall 2009  Vol. 8  No. 2

A Conversation with Travis Holland

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 conversation with members of the VCU and greater Richmond community took place on November 14, 2008, in VCU’s Cabell Library as part of the First Novelist Award festivities. Holland’s novel touches on the life of Russian writer Isaac Babel, in particular his imprisonment and censorship by the Soviet secret police.

The VCU Cabell First Novelist Award is presented annually on behalf of VCU's MFA in Creative Writing Program. Sponsors include VCU Department of English, James Branch Cabell Library Associates, Friends of the Library, VCU Libraries, VCU Honors College, Barnes & Noble@VCU Bookstore, and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences.  end