Benedict Lombe Wins Blackburn Award for ‘Lava’

For the first time in its 44-year history Susan Smith Blackburn AwardThe annual award given to a female, transgender or non-binary playwright writing for British theatre, is given to the author of the first play. Benedict Lombe, 30, a London-based Congolese-British playwright, received the award Monday for “Lava,” a one-woman memoir-monologue that addresses Black identity …

Venita Blackburn Captures the Miracle and Danger of Young Femininity

HOW TO TRUST A GIRL stories by Venita Blackburn Fiction writers who publish a collection of short stories as one of their first two books follow a familiar path: novel after compilation, or compilation after novel. It is rare for an author to ignore this sequence to abandon the novel entirely, perhaps because it is …