Blackbird an online journal of literature and the arts Fall 2007  Vol. 6 No. 2


Mary Lee Allen
Rebecca Black
Michael Collier
Margaret Gibson
Catherine MacDonald
William Olsen
Allison Seay
Ron Slate
Susan S. Williams
David Wojahn



A Conversation with Rebecca Black

Focusing on the processes and background stories of her prizewinning poetry collection Cottonlandia, including four poems that appeared Blackbird, v5n2, Rebecca Black spoke to Blackbird editor Gregory Donovan at the March 2007 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Atlanta.

Black discusses the quality of voice of Otis Redding and other Georgians, her father’s unusual approach to hunting, the poetry of Sterling Brown, the significance her book’s title and of each of its three sections, her creation of a powerful alter-ego named Mephista, the complex nature of her identity as a southern writer now living in California, and her work as a teacher of writing.  end of text