Since its formal startup in 2001 and first issue in 2002, Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts has joined together undergraduate, MA, MFA and PhD students, alumni, and community volunteers. Undergraduate and graduate students may apply to work for Blackbird as interns for up to two semesters of credit. In addition, there are opportunities for graduate students to work in leadership and editorial roles at the journal as Graduate Assistants.

Intern alumni, English department alumni, and community members with an interest or relevant experience may also apply as volunteers. Journal staff have the opportunity to work with manuscript selection, copyediting, audio capture and editing, photo editing, and page building. 

The journal was founded in 2002 by the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc. It is currently published by the VCU Department of English; cofounder Mary Flinn, former director of New Virginia Review. Inc., continues as one of the journal's senior editors.

Named by storySouth as “best online publication” for 2007, Blackbird continues its mission to cultivate new readers of literature by providing its content in an open-access journal (in the sense that is free to read).

Find the most recent issue of Blackbird at

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(You’ll never hear us say that we’ve run out of copies. An online journal like Blackbird foregoes the worry of printers, press runs, warehousing, and distribution, not to mention the unmendable errata of print. Anyone with access to the internet and an XP era computer or better, or a mobile device, can read, listen to, and watch our contributors’ content and more than fifteen years of archived content on Blackbird for free.)


Upcoming Deadlines

Department Orientation Sessions
AUGUST 15, 2019

Classes Begin
AUGUST 20, 2019

Add/Drop Deadline
AUGUST 26, 2019

Graduation Application Deadline

Fall Reading Day
OCTOBER 10, 2019

Course Withdrawal Deadline
NOVEMBER 1, 2019

Last Day of Classes
DECEMBER 9, 2019

British Virginia

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British Virginia is a VCU-hosted series of scholarly editions of documents touching on the colony. These texts range from the 16th and 17th-century literature of English exploration to the 19th-century writing of loyalists and other Virginians who continued to identify with Great Britain. Editions appear principally in digital form, freely downloadable. 

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