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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.