Author: Lilah Hegnauer

who received degrees from the University of Portland (BA) and the University of Virginia (MFA). Her first book of poetry is Dark Under Kiganda Stars (2005)

Alan Cheuse (1940–2015)

Alan Cheuse was a novelist, book reviewer, memoirist, and professor of creative writing at George Mason University. A native of New Jersey, he authored several novels, collections of short fiction, a memoir, and personal essays. As a book reviewer, he was a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered since the 1980s. His criticism reflected the strengths of his fiction: a careful attention to voice and character that embodies both the influences of other notable writers and his own distinctive sense of whimsy. He died in 2015 from injuries sustained in a car accident.



Blackbird is a twice-yearly online journal of literature and the arts run as a joint venture by the Creative Writing Program of the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and New Virginia Review, Inc., a nonprofit literary arts organization also based in Richmond. Since 2002, the journal has published contemporary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, including Pulitzer Prize–winning poets Natasha Trethewey and Claudia Emerson. A Library Journal article of 2004 cited Blackbird as “one of the most successful, well-assembled online literary magazines available … It is graphically attractive and has attracted writers of stature such as Norman Dubie, Reginald Shepherd and Gerald Stern.” Each issue of Blackbird is permanently archived online.