Awards for Previous Blackbird Contributors
Ellen Bryant Voigt’s poem “The Feeder” (Vol.
3, No. 2) received a 2005 Pushcart
poem “Ring-Necks” (Vol. 3, No. 2) was chosen to appear in
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)
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.