Blackbird: journal of literature and the arts Nov 2, 2008 15:38:18 GMT 2
Post by moira on Nov 2, 2008 15:38:18 GMT 2
Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts
Intro / background / mission /history of your 'zine:
Blackbird premiered in Spring, 2002, and has appeared twice yearly since then. Its sole criterion in all genres is excellence, but it is committed to promoting work by new as well as established authors and artists.
Poetry : fiction, nonfiction (essays and reviews—query first re reviews), “Gallery” (which includes art and drama—by solicitation), and translations.
Blackbird is a joint venture between the English Dept. of Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc., a non-profit promoting literature and the arts. Senior editors are Mary Flinn and Gregory Donovan; associate literary editors are Susan Settlemyre Williams (also book review editor) and Randy Marshall; senior online editor, Michael Keller; online editor, Patrick Vickers; and associate editor, Matt Baker. Bios available on website.
(collection of poems by Eleanor Ross Taylor). Taylor, now in her late eighties, was a member of probably the best known group of Middle Generation authors. Randall Jarrell was her mentor and good friend. Because of her own reticence and the priority Taylor gave to her children and her husband, fiction writer Peter Taylor, her own career began later than those of her contemporaries, and her poetry has often been a private discovery for discriminating readers.
Blackbird has received widespread recognition during its lifetime, including a Pushcart Prize (for Ellen Bryant Voigt’s “The Feeder”) and the Million Writers Award for best overall on-line publication, as well as poems that later appeared in Claudia Emerson’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning Late Wife. It has published work by other Pulitzer and National Book Award winners, as well, a previously unpublished early poem by Sylvia Plath, and a serialized book-length poem by Norman Dubie.[/font]