From the Stacks: Venita Blackburn

From the Stacks is a regular series on the Poetry Center Blog in which we solicit authors to wander our library and choose books that have been important to them and/or that they recommend.

Venita Blackburn

Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared or are forthcoming in the Los Angeles Review of Books Print Quarterly Journal, 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, audio download through Bound Off, and others. She was awarded a Bread Loaf Fellowship in 2014 and several Pushcart prize nominations. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize for fiction, which resulted in the publication of her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes, in 2017. In 2018 she earned a place as a finalist for the PEN/Bingham award for debut fiction and finalist for the NYPL Young Lions award. Current projects include finishing a new novel, a collection of flash fiction and creative non-fiction.  Her home town is Compton, California, and she will join the MFA faculty of California State University, Fresno in the fall of 2018. 

Venita's selections From the Stacks, as listed below

Venita's selections From the Stacks are:

Unearthings by Wendy Chen

Receipt: Poems by Carl Adamshick

Lighthead by Terrance Hayes

Teeth by Aracelis Girmay

The Venus Hottentot by Elizabeth Alexander

Mondo Barbie edited by Richard Peabody & Lucinda Ebersole

You Are Happy by Margaret Atwood

Girl Soldier by Denise Duhamel

The Woman With Two Vaginas by Denise Duhamel

When My Brother Was An Aztec by Natalie Diaz

At the Drive-In Volcano by Aimee Nezhukumatathil

Isla Negra by Pablo Neruda

Survival Supervivencia by Miguel Algarin

Olio by Tyehimba Jess