Awards for Previous Blackbird Contributors
Congratulations to Alison Pelegrin (Vol. 4, No. 1) on the selection of her manuscript Big Muddy River of Stars as winner of the Akron Poetry Prize. The book will be published by the University of Akron in the fall of 2007.
John Bresland (Vol. 4, No. 1) recently won the Tamarack Award in Fiction for his story “The Cooler.”
Allan Peterson (Vol. 4, No. 2) has recently won The GSU Review’s 2006 Poetry Contest for his poem “Going Octopus” and the 2006 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award from The Comstock Review for the poem “Antipyretic.”
“Things That Cannot Be Compared,” a poem first published in Blackbird (Vol. 3, No. 1) has been translated into Mandarin and published in literary journals in China and Macao.
Blackbird congratulates Ed Ochester, editor of the Pitt Poetry Series for over twenty-five years, for receiving the 2006 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Claudia Emerson’s collection Late Wife (Louisiana State University Press, 2005) received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (Vol. 1, No. 2; Vol. 2, No. 1).
Elizabeth King is receiving an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and her work, along with that of the other recipients of art awards, is being featured in an Exhibition of Work by Newly Elected Members and Recipients of Honors and Awards at the Academy’s galleries in New York (Vol. 1, No. 1).
Recent Books by Previous Blackbird Contributors
The Garden Room (Tupelo Press), winner of the 2005 Snowbound Chapbook Contest, by Joy Katz (Vol. 3, No. 1).
The Quick-Change Artist (Swallow Press/OU Press), by Cary Holladay (Vol.4, No. 2).
For Love of Common Words (LSU Press), by Steve Scafidi (Vol. 1, No. 2), 2002 Levis Prize winner.
Dear Ghosts (Graywolf), by Tess Gallagher, her first completely new collection in fourteen years. It includes a poem about and for the Romanian poet Liliana Ursu, translations of whose work by Gallagher and Adam Sorkin appeared in Vol. 4, No. 1.
Hockey Haiku: The Essential Collection (St. Martin’s Press), by John Poch (Vol. 4, No. 1), with Chad Davidson.
All the Lavish in Common, winner of the 2005 Juniper Prize (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), by Allan Peterson (Vol.2, No. 2; Vol. 4, No. 2)
The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006), by Brian Barker (Vol. 3, No. 2)
The Book of Accident (Akron, 2006), by Beckian Fritz Goldberg (Vol. 1, No. 1)
A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2006), by Carolyne Wright (Vol. 4, No. 2)
Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother (W. W. Norton, 2006), by Beth Ann Fennelly (Vol. 3, No. 1)
Hapax (Triquarterly, 2006), by A. E. Stallings (Vol. 2, No. 1)
The Muse in the Machine: Essays on Poetry and the Anatomy of the Body Politic (University of Georgia Press, 2006), by T. R. Hummer (Vol. 2, No. 2)
Secrets in the Sand: The Young Women of Juárez (bilingual edition) (White Pine, 2006), by Marjorie Agosín, trans. by Celeste Kostopulos-Cooperman (Vol. 3, No. 2)
Siste Viator (Four Way Books, 2006), by Sarah Manguso (Vol. 4, No. 1)
Circle (Southern Illinois University Press,
2005), by Victoria Chang (Vol. 3, No.
Dog Language (Copper Canyon, 2005), by Chase Twichell (Vol. 3, No. 1)
A Home for Wayward Girls (New Issues Poetry & Prose,
2005), by Kevin Boyle
Jagged with Love (University of Wisconsin,
2005, winner of the Brittingham
Late Wife (Louisiana State University Press, 2005), by Claudia Emerson
Laws Of My Nature (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2005), by Margot Schilpp
Lie Awake Lake (Oberlin College Press, 2005),
by Beckian Fritz Goldberg (Vol.
The Man Under My Skin (River City Publishing), by Juliana Gray (Vol. 2, No. 2)
Murder Ballads (Elixir Press, 2005), by Jake Adam York (Vol. 3, No. 2)
Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire, second
edition (Eastern Washington
Squeezers (Concrete Wolf/Frost
Heaves Press, 2005), by Alison Pelegrin
Whores on the Hill (Vintage, 2005), by Colleen Curran (Vol. 2, No. 2)
A Wreath for Emmett Till (Houghton Mifflin, 2005), Marilyn Nelson (Vol. 1, No. 1)
Breath (Knopf, 2004), by Philip Levine (Vol. 1, No. 1; Vol. 3, No. 2)
A Home for Wayward Girls (winner of the
2004 New Issues Poetry Prize), by
Lark Apprentice (New Issues Press, 2004), by Louise Mathias (Vol. 2, No. 2)
Loew's Triboro (New Directions Publishing, 2004), by John Allman (Vol. 2, No. 1)
The News from Paraguay (HarperCollins, 2004), by Lily Tuck (Vol. 1, No. 1)
Ordinary Mornings of a Coliseum (Copper
Canyon, 2004), by Norman Dubie
To the Green Man (Sarabande Books, 2004),
by Mark Jarman (Vol. 1, No. 1;
Florida (TriQuarterly Books, 2003), by Christine Schutt (Vol. 1, No. 2)
Goldbeater's Skin (Center for Literary
Publishing, 2003), by G. C. Waldrep
Limbo, and Other Places I Have Lived (Perennial, 2003), by Lily Tuck (Vol. 1 No. 1)
Lives of Water (Carnegie Mellon University,
2003), by John Hoppenthaler
Swoon (University of Chicago Press, 2003), by Victoria Redel (Vol. 1, No. 2)
Sky Full of Sand (Dennis McMillan, 2003), by Rick DeMarinis (Vol. 1, No. 2)
Prism (Arctos Press, 2002), by David St. John (Vol. 1, No. 1)
Blackbird and LOCKSS
In the summer of 2003, Vicky Reich of Stanford University contacted Blackbird to ask our participation in beta testing of the LOCKSS Program. LOCKSS (short for Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) is both a system and a software created to safeguard electronic publications. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and Sun Microsystems, the LOCKSS Program Team is building a distributed digital archive system for electronic journals and other important web documents. A consortium of participating libraries all over the world will manage their own storehouses for digital material by using the LOCKSS software, which not only preserves electronic journal content, but also constantly compares the copies in these digital "caches" for integrity.
Panelists from Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, the University of Chicago, and four other universities had gathered on the literary librarian team to select 50 titles based on "intellectual merit." The LOCKSS technical team further reviewed and narrowed this list based on "publisher technical competence." Blackbird was one of only two literary journals selected for inclusion.
Beta testing has now been concluded. On April 5, 2004, the LOCKSS Program released the first version production of the LOCKSS software.