Venita Blackburn

Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared or are forthcoming in McSweeney’s, the Paris Review, and other places. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize in fiction for her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes (University of Nebraska Press) in 2017. She is founder of the literary nonprofit Live, Write (, which provides free creative-writing workshops for communities of color. Blackburn’s second collection of stories, How to Wrestle a Girl, will be published fall of 2021 (Macmillan). She is an assistant professor of creative writing at California State University, Fresno.

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