In September of 2005, Spencer Reece, recipient
of the Eighth Annual Levis Reading Prize, met with students from
the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Reece talked primarily about his collection The Clerk's Tale and
about its twenty-year journey from a handful of rough poems to a
and Ann Patchett
On November 19, 2005, writers and long-time
friends Elizabeth McCracken and Ann Patchett interviewed each other for Blackbird during
a visit to Virginia Commonwealth University. They also took questions
from students of VCU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing. The conversation
ranged from their first meeting at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown,
to their current relationship as writers, to the different ways in which
they approach their writing.
In December of 2005, Mary Flinn of Blackbird visted with Richard Carlyon
to discuss his retrospective show at the Reynolds Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.
They discuss the importance of placement of the paintings and drawings in the
gallery space, the relationship of dance and painting, and other issues surrounding
Carlyon’s work and process.
In November of 2005, Michaux Dempster of Blackbird met with Tom
De Haven, author of the novel It’s Superman! (Chronicle Books,
to talk about the making of It’s Superman! from conception to
Haven is also the
works as the Funny Papers trilogy: Funny Papers (Viking,
1985), Derby Dugan’s Depression Funnies (Henry Holt, 1996), and Dugan
Lake (Penguin, 1989);
and the cult classic Freaks’ Amour (Morrow, 1979).
April of 2005, poet Allison Joseph met with Jennifer Merrifield of Blackbird at
the annual Associated Writing Programs' conference in Vancouver, British
Columbia. They talked about Joseph's career as a poet, writer, and teacher,
and finished with a discussion of the Young Writers Workshop, which Joseph
founded at Southern Illinois University in 1999.
Interviews are added as they become available. Interviews
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