Gregory Donovan, senior editor, has won the Robert Penn Warren award in the poetry competition sponsored by New England Writers (judged by Rosanna Warren), as well as two grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and fellowships from the Ucross Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Donovan's poetry collection, Calling His Children Home, was the 1993 Devins Award winner from University of Missouri Press. Donovan is the writer-in-residence for the Virginia Commonwealth University Glasgow Artists and Writers Workshop.
Mary Flinn, senior editor, has been the Director of New Virginia Review, Inc., since 1985 and is the editor, with George Garrett, of Elvis in Oz, New Writing from the Hollins College Creative Writing Program (1992). She also facilitated the editing of The Gazer Within by Larry Levis (2001), and she has served as the Poetry and Fiction editor of 64 Magazine and as editor of New Virginia Review. She has participated on editors' panels, as a literature fellowship judge for numerous art councils, and as a review panelist for the National Endowment and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She was the first recipient of the Theresa Pollack Award for Words presented by Richmond Magazine.
M. A. Keller, online editor, is a technologist and writing instructor for Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of English. His poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, New Virginia Review, Runes, and other publications. He has presented in the computers and writing community on issues of technology and writing pedagogy, creative and informational hypertext, and New Media.
Jeff Lodge, online editor, is the author of the novel Where This Lake Is (1997) and fiction, poetry, and essays in GSU Review, Persona, Pleiades, Squib, and other publications. He coordinates the graduate programs in the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of English, where he teaches writing and literature. He also reviews fiction and nonfiction for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Maria Hagan, associate editor, is a second-year poetry candidate in the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. Before coming to Richmond, she owned and operated a marketing firm in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Susan Settlemyre Williams, associate literary editor, is an MFA student in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a JD from the University of Richmond, and is retired from the practice of real estate law. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, DIAGRAM, Aethlon, Calyx, Earth's Daughters, and other journals; and her interviews and book reviews have appeared in several issues of Blackbird.
Mary Lee Allen, volunteer reader for Blackbird, is Secretary for the Center for Palladian Studies in America, an organization which studies Palladian architecture and its influence in the United States. She holds a Master of Humanities degree from the University of Richmond and an MA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University and is retired from the Assistant Directorship of Gunston Hall, a historic house museum built by George Mason.
Beth Burton, assistant editor, is the Customer Service Manager of the Circulation and Information Division of James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University. She holds a Master of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with concentrations in feminist theology and religious education.
Boz Bowles, assistant editor, is in his final year in the MFA program in fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is currently revising a collection of short stories and working on his first novel. He received his BA from VCU in 2000.
Sean Agan, intern, is currently working on his BA in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. His poetry has been published in Millennium.
Steven Collis, intern, is a first year MFA student at Virginia Commonwealth University and has a BA in English from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He is studying fiction and is currently writing his second novel.
Jamison Crabtree, intern, is a senior undergraduate English student at Virginia Commonwealth University. His poetry has been published in Millennium.
Kathy Davis, intern, is a second year MFA student in poetry. She has won awards for her poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, and currently edits an online newsletter. She received a BA and MBA from Vanderbilt University.
Tim Goulet, intern, received his BA in English from the University of Nebraska in Omaha and is a first year MA student at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Hilty Hazzard, intern, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, received her BA in English from the University of Virginia. She is a second-year poetry student in the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Peter Imhof, intern, is a second year MFA student in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. A retired information systems professional, he is currently working on three poetry chapbooks for his thesis. He graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Cynthia Grier Lotze, intern, is a first year MFA student in poetry at Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon graduating from VCU, she plans to pursue a PhD in creative writing.
Rebecca Moon, intern, is in her final semester as an MFA student in fiction at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently writing her second novel. Her short fiction has been published in Carve Magazine, and she writes articles and book reviews for a regional magazine. She received her BA from VCU in 2000.