- Blackbird (online journal)
name = Blackbird
url = http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/
commercial = non-profit
type = An online journal for literature and the arts
registration = Optional registration to receive email notices of new featured content.
owner = Hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University
author = Jointly by the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc.
launch date =
current status =
"Blackbird" (an online journal of literature and the arts) is an internet journal that posts two issues a year, May 1st and November 1st. During the six month run of an issue, additional content appears as "featured" content. Previous issues are archived online in their entirety.
"Blackbird" publishes fiction, poetry, plays, interviews, reviews, and art by both new and established writers and artists. The journal frequently includes streaming audio and video content, including readings, interviews, and art lectures. Each fall issue forefronts work by, and about, the late
Larry Levis. The journal's reading period for poetry and fiction closes between April 15th and September 15th. Unsolicited reviews, plays, and art work are not considered.
"Blackbird" is published jointly by the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English at
Virginia Commonwealth Universityin partnership with New Virginia Review, Inc., a nonprofit literary arts organization based in Richmond, Virginia. Its founding editors included Gregory Donovan, Mary Flinn, William Tester, M.A. Keller and Jeff Lodge. The journal is staffed by employees of the two sponsoring organizations as well as by interns and volunteers.
"Blackbird" was one of the first literary journals to be included in the
"Blackbird" received AP Wire coverage for its publication of a previously unpublished sonnet of
Sylvia Plathin their Fall 2006 issue. Entitled "Ennui," the poem was composed during Plath's early years at Smith College.
Artists whose lectures or documentations of process or installations appear in "Blackbird" include Mark Harris,
Richard Roth, Sheila Pepe, and Karina Peisajovich. A piece for voices by New York playwright Romulus Linneyappeared in the inaugural 2002 issue. Norman Dubie's book of poetry, "The Spirit Tablets of Goa Lake," appeared serially across three issues spanning 2002-2003.The journal has published work by recent Pulitzer Prize winning poets Natasha Tretheway and Claudia Emerson.
Ron Antonucci, in the "
Library Journal", describes "Blackbird" it as "one of the most successful, well-assembled online literary magazines available... it is graphically attractive and has attracted writers of stature such as . . . Reginald Shepherd and Gerald Stern." [http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA405420.html]
* [http://www.blackbird.vcu.edu/v6n1/submissions.htm "Blackbird" "Submission Guidelines," 5/1/2007]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,,1936015,00.html "Unpublished Plath sonnet goes online tomorrow," Associated Press, 10/31/2006, "Guardian Unlimited"]
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/10/31/AR2006103100411.html "Student Finds Unpublished Plath Poem," Associated Press, 10/31/2006, "Washington Post"]
* [http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA405420.html "A Rhyme a Day," "Library Journal", 4/1/2004]
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