blackbirdonline journalFall 2019  Vol. 18 No. 2
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Copyright © 2019 by Blackbird and the individual writers and artists

ISSN 1540-3068


Blackbird publishes new issues twice a year. On this page, we wish to point you toward some of the content you might have missed, now located in our Archives.

Hal Crowther   Hal Crowther
Hal Crowther’s nonfiction first appeared in Blackbird v1n1, accompanied by an interview. He reviewed the work of Robert D. Richardson in v6n1 and additionally appeared in v9n1, v11n2, v14n2, and v16n2. He is also represented by two readings: the first, at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, appeared in v4n2 and the other, at the Library of Virginia, in v14n1. Crowther is published in this issue with “Darkness at Dawn: The Campus in Crisis.”
Emily Nemens   Emily Nemens
Emily Nemens is the 2019 winner of the Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize for outstanding short fiction for her story “After Incus,” which was published in Blackbird v17n1. Nemens will receive the award at Virginia Commonwealth University on February 13, 2020, and give a reading from her award-winning work. Her forthcoming novel, The Cactus League, will be published in February 2020. Nemens is the editor of The Paris Review.
Jessie van Eerden   Jessie van Eerden
Jessie van Eerden first appeared in Blackbird v17n1, with her nonfiction piece “What I Want Your Voice to Do.” In this issue Blackbird publishes an additional essay, “Meet You at the Dollar General Across from the Family Dollar.” A conversation with van Eerden about her portrait-essay collection, The Long Weeping, as well as new essays and her recently finished novel appears in Features. She teaches creative writing at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Contributors with Books in Blackbird
Norman Dubie   Norman Dubie
Blackbird has published the entirety of Norman Dubie’s The Spirit Tablets at Goa Lake, a book-length futurist poem, issued serially in three parts, beginning with the “Book of the Jewel Worm” in v1n2. It was followed by the other two sections, “Book of the Jaspers” and “The Book of Crying Kanglings,” in v2n1 and v2n2, as well as a helpful introduction and glossary. In this issue, Blackbird publishes Dubie’s poem “Not Before but After Us.”
Wesley Gibson   Wesley Gibson
We remember Wesley Gibson in this issue with a third installment from his book, You Are Here: A Memoir of Arrival, which Blackbird is publishing in serial form. The first installment appeared in v17n1, and the second in v18n1. The book, in part, is an account of Gibson’s witness of the HIV/AIDS crisis from its beginnings in New York City. A review of You Are Here and a reading by Gibson were published in v3n1. His story, “The Raccoon,” appeared in v10n2.
Marilyn Nelson   Marilyn Nelson
Marilyn Nelson’s translations of poems from Den trettende måned by Danish fiction writer and poet Inge Pederson appeared in Blackbird v1n1. Nelson has published over twenty volumes of poetry and other works in translation. Her translation of “Clouds and Fire Engines,” an excerpt from Pederson’s last novel, The Road Leads through the Air, appears in v18n1. Blackbird continues the serialization of Nelson’s translation of Pederson’s novel in this issue with “The Apple.”
Tomas Tranströmer   Tomas Tranströmer
Nobel Prize–winning author Tomas Tranströmer’s 1996 book Sorgegond olen (Sorrow Gondola), in a new translation by Patty Crane and accompanied by the original Swedish, was published in Blackbird in v10n1. In the same issue, Jean Valentine published a letter to the Nobel laureate, and in v12n2 David Wojahn provided a compelling meditation on literary friendship and correspondence in “Unlikely Magic, (on Airmail: The Letters of Robert Bly and Tomas Tranströmer).”