Phoenix Poetry Series features ASU's Venita Blackburn

ASU instructor and award-winning fiction writer Venita Blackburn

Enjoy an evening on the patio of The Coronado in Midtown Phoenix as ASU alumna and faculty member Venita Blackburn reads from her fiction on Friday, Sept. 23, as part of the Phoenix Poetry Series

Blackburn recently won the 2016 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction from the University of Nebraska Press for her story collection "Black Jesus and Other Superheroes." 

Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, the Georgia Review, Pleiades, Madison Review, Bat City Review, Nashville Review, Smoke Long Quarterly, Café Irreal, Santa Monica Review, Faultline, Devil’s Lake Review, Nat.Brut., Bellevue Literary Review, and others. Blackburn was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and a Pushcart Prize nomination the same year 

She is an instructor in the Faculty of Language and Cultures in ASU's College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.

Blackburn will be joined by poet Virginia Chase Sutton, whose work has appeared in the Paris Review, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Boulevard, Quarterly West, and many other journals and anthologies. 

Her prize-winning collection "What Brings You To Del Amo" was published in 2007 by University Press of New England. Her new book, "Of a Transient Nature," was published this spring by Knut House Press.

"Readings begin promptly at 7:30, so arrive by 7:00 to place your food/beverage order and secure a seat on the patio!," recommends poet and ASU faculty member Rosemarie Dombrowski, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, who hosts the Phoenix Poetry Series.

Department: 
Faculty of Language and Cultures, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Contact: 
Rosemarie Dombrowski
Phone: 
602-496-1371
Friday, Sept. 23, 7 pm
Location: 
The Coronado restaurant, Phoenix
Campus: 
Downtown Phoenix campus