An online journal of literature and the arts

Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts was founded in 2001 by the Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University and New Virginia Review, Inc. The staff convened in the fall of 2001; the first issue appeared in the spring of 2002.  For the spring 2023 issue due out in May, Mary Flinn is the editor and a co-founding editor; M.A. Keller is the online editor, and a co-founding editor; Waverley Vesley is the managing editor.

The coming spring issue, v21n3, is well underway with a staff of student interns enrolled in ENGL 493 and ENGL 694, and this spring's issue will conclude the journal in its legacy format. Work on the Blackbird Founders Archive will begin this fall with the goal of repairing and indexing the forty-three issue archive as a long-term and free-to-read educational resource.

Jessica Nelson and Kathy Graber will assume the editorship, and will publish the journal in partnership with VCU Cabell Library on a new platform starting November 2023; submissions will reopen in September 2023. 

For more information about Blackbird 2.0 feel free to email Jessica Hendry Nelson ( or Kathleen Graber (

You can support the Blackbird mission by making a donation to the Friends of Blackbird fund. Thank you for your generosity.