blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2010  Vol. 9. No. 2
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A joint venture of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc.


A Conversation with Peter Campion
published April 7, 2011
David Wojahn and Gregory Donovan talk shop with Peter Campion, winner of the 2010 Levis Reading Prize. Campion was on VCU campus to read and receive the Levis prize during a conference held to mark the acquisition of the Larry Levis papers by VCU's James Branch Cabell Library. See also the conference poster signed by Campion and other participants. The drawing by Patrick Vickers is based on Jay Paul's oft published photo of Levis.   Peter Campion
Ochre—& Additional Commentary on Process
new essay added to suite April 7, 2011
While David Wojahn's “Ochre” explores the topographies of landscape, traveling between sites like Naco, Arizona and Vedbaek, Denmark, the poem also spades into the more fluid terrain of memory. Each of the poem’s twenty–five sections appears alongside at least one image to which it responds, each of which not only plays the role of subject but also of conversant partner with the text, allowing the reader to step into the eyes of the poet.   David Wojahn
A Reading by Michele Young–Stone
published March 21, 2011
Michele Young-Stone reads from The Handbook for Lighning Strike Surviors, as part of the Virginia Commonwealth University Visiting Writers series. She is introduced by novelist and VCU faculty member Tom De Haven and afterwards takes questions from the audience. The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors is Young-Stone’s first novel. The Visiting Writers Series is sponsored by the VCU Department of English and its Creative Writing Program.  
Michele Young-Stone
Levis Remembered Reading Loop
published January 25, 2011
Welcome to Blackbird’s ninth Levis Remembered, a reading loop with the poetry, prose, and voice of Larry Levis, a reading by the thirteenth annual Levis Reading Prize winner, Peter Campion, as well as readings and essays from the fall 2010 conference “Larry Levis: A Celebration” hosted by VCU. Join us in discovering Peter Campion and in remembering Larry’s matchless witness to the last decades of the twentieth century.  
Larry Levis
Gulf Poets Suite 
published January 25, 2011
Gathering the Tide: An Anthology of Contemporary Gulf Poetry, to be published in 2011, is the first English-language anthology to represent poets from only Arabian Gulf countries. Three years in the making, the anthology collects pieces from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. It contains over two hundred poems, the work of forty–eight poets and fifty translators. Here, we present a sampling of that work.  

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