Tubbs of Studio Virginia Interviews Blackbird Editors
In May of 2002, Sean Tubbs, host of Studio Virginia
at WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke, Virginia, interviewed Blackbird
editors Gregory Donovan and Mary Flinn. This audio interview aired on
WVTF on May 4, 2002, soon after Blackbird's online debut. As we
prepare to archive this first issue of Blackbird, we think it fitting
to recall our genesis and are pleased to present, as streaming audio,
Studio Virginia's generous introduction to our then-new journal.
Email Conversation with Beckian Fritz Goldberg
In September, 2002, Blackbird editor Gregory Donovan corresponded
via email with poet Beckian Fritz Goldberg. Their online conversation
focused primarily on Beckian's experimentation with the prose poem. In
addition to announcing an in-process book of prose poems, Egypt in
Space, Beckian discusses the form's practicioners and history, the
loss of the line, the role of narrative, and her creative process.
Animation by Elizabeth King and Richard Kizu-Blair
In 1991, Elizabeth King, collaborating with director
Richard Kizu-Blair, made a stop-action animation of her sculpture "Pupil,"
a small, life-like animated figure. Though the sculpture was not created
for animation, King writes "unwittingly, I had been making an ideal
film animation model. The calculated tension of its joints made incremental
position changes easyat the touch of your fingerand the size
and weight of the figure were small enough to permit ready leverage and
extension against gravity." King
here introduces the piece, which is available for the first time on the
Web in streaming video.
Interview with Richard Carlyon
In August of 2002, Blackbird editor Mary Flinn met with artist
Richard Carlyon in the Blackbird editorial office on the campus
of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Their discussion
ranged from the origin of Flight Song and the influence of John
Cage, to the use of video in art, to the state of art as we move into
the twenty-first century, and more.
Interview with Romulus Linney
In July of 2002, Blackbird editor Mary
Flinn met with playwright Romulus Linney at the 13th Annual Sewanee Writers'
Conference, held at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
Linney spoke about his life and work as a playwright, about the origin
and evolution of specific works, and about other playwrights at work today.
Interview with Hal Crowther
On Sunday morning, April 28, 2002, Blackbird editor Gregory Donovan
met with Hal Crowther, sitting on the porch of the cabin Crowther owns
with his wife, the novelist Lee Smith, in the mountains of North Carolina.
They spoke about H. L. Mencken, about contemporary American culture and
criticism, about writing in general, and more.
Interview with Carrie Brown
On May 8, 2002, Jamye Shelleby of Blackbird
met with Carrie Brown at The Fountain Bookstore in Richmond, Virginia.
Brown spoke about the differences and similarities between writing the
short story and writing the novel, the relationship between journalism
and fiction, her own beginnings as a writer, and more.
Interview with George Garrett
On March 14, 2002, Susan Settlemyre Williams
of Blackbird met with George Garrett at Garrett's home in Charlottesville,
Virginia. Their discussion focused on the writing of fiction, both Garrett's
and others, and concluded with some insightful comments on the teaching
of writing in a formal setting.
Reading by Margaret Gibson
Margaret Gibson reads the four poems published
in this issue of Blackbird and speaks about the Japanese art that
inspired her to write them. The poems will be included in the collection
Autumn Grasses, to be published by Louisiana State University Press
in 2003. The reading was recorded in Richmond, Virginia, in December of
Interview with Eleanor Ross Taylor
On March 14, 2002, Susan Settlemyre Williams
of Blackbird met with poet Eleanor Ross Taylor in Taylor's home
in Charlottesville, Virginia. Their discussion ranged from Taylor's early
life as a poet, her marriage to Pulitzer-Prize-winning fiction writer
Peter Taylor, her literary friendships with Randall Jarrell, Robert Penn
Warren, Allen Tate, and others, to her views on the work of today's poets
and her own evolution as a writer.
Interview with Gregory Donovan
Gregory Donovan is editor-in-chief of Blackbird,
Vol. 1, No. 1. In this interview with Blackbird managing online
editor Jeff Lodge, he speaks about the genesis of Blackbird, about
the possibilities of online journals, and about ways readers can approach
Interview with Henry Taylor
On February 13, 2002, Mathias Svalina of Blackbird
met with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Henry Taylor in Taylor's office at
American University in Washington, D.C. Their discussion touched on humor
in poetry, Brother Dave Gardner, writing, teaching, and other literary
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