Compton High School University of Southern California, B.A. Arizona State University, M.F.A.
ENGL 43 Beginning Fiction ENGL 163 Adv. Fiction ENGL 263 Grad. Fiction ENGL 169T Publishing and Editing ENGL 299 Special Topics
Works by Venita Blackburn have appeared in thenewyorker.com, Harper’s, Ploughshares,
McSweeney’s, the Paris Review and others. She received the Prairie Schooner book prize
in fiction for her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes in 2017. She is founder of the literary nonprofit Live, Write (livewriteworkshop.com), 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. She is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at California State University,