VCU Visiting Writers Series

All events are free and open to the public. The series is presented on behalf of VCU's MFA in creative writing program in partnership with the James Branch Cabell Library Associates and VCU Libraries. Additional sponsors are the VCU Department of English, and the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences. Upcoming Visiting Writers events will be posted here and on our events page.

Upcoming Events

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Chloe Caldwell and Jessica Hendry Nelson

Date: Thursday, Feb 22, 2024

The VCU Visiting Writers Series hosts an evening of creative nonfiction with a joint-reading by Chloe Caldwell and Jessica Hendry Nelson . . .

Recent Events

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2023 Tarumoto Prize

Date: Thursday, Jan 25, 2024

Zoë Gadegbeku is the 2023 winner of the Rebecca Mitchell Tarumoto Short Fiction Prize for outstanding short fiction. Her story “Of Flowers and Sorrows,” published in v20n3 in the spring of 2023, was selected by our editors from short fiction published by Blackbird over the previous two-year period.

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2023 Levis Reading Prize

Date: Wednesday, Oct 18, 2023

Corey Van Landingham, the 2023 Levis Reading Prize winner, will read from for her poetry collection Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens.

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2023 VCU Cabell First Novelist Award

Date: Monday, Nov 13, 2023

Tess Gunty, the 2023 Cabell First Novelist Award winner, will read from for her novel, The Rabbit Hutch

Blackbird journal logo: a stylized blackbird perched on the K of the word Blackbird overlaying the image of a photorealistic moon with a dark blue sky behind. The bird has a red berry in its beak the dot from the letter I in Blackbird.

Blackbird: A Celebration

Dates: Thursday, Apr 13, 2023 – Friday, Apr 14, 2023

More details on this event will be posted soon. Please check back!

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SJ Sindu and Geoff Bouvier

Date: Thursday, Mar 16, 2023

This event is part of the VCU Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

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Diane Wilson

Dates: Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 – 

"The Seed Keeper"

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Dawnie Walton

Dates: Thursday, Nov 10, 2022 – 

"The Final Revival of Opal & Nev"

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Elissa Washuta

Dates: Monday, Oct 17, 2022 – 

"White Magic"

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Devon Walker-Figueroa

Dates: Friday, Sep 30, 2022 – 


View the list of distinguished presenters who have participated in the VCU Visiting Writer Series.