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)
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Cheuse, Alan (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.

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Blackbird

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.

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