blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1
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Awards for Previous Blackbird Contributors

Ellen Bryant Voigt’s poem “The Feeder” (Vol. 3, No. 2) received a 2005 Pushcart
   Prize and will appear in The Pushcart Prize XXX: Best of the Small Presses
   (W. W. Norton & Company, 2005).

Laura-Gray Street’s poem “Ring-Necks” (Vol. 3, No. 2) was chosen to appear in
   Best New Poets 2005, edited by George Garrett and sponsored by Meridian

Recent Books by Previous Blackbird Contributors

A Change of Maps
(Lost Horse Press, 2006), by Carolyne Wright (Vol. 4, No. 2).


(Red Hen Press, 2005), poems by Peggy Shumaker, paintings by
   Kesler Woodward (Vol. 1, No. 1; Vol. 3, No. 1)

Circle (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), by Victoria Chang (Vol. 3, No.
   2; Vol. 4, No. 2)

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
   (Vol. 1, No. 2)

Jagged with Love (University of Wisconsin, 2005, winner of the Brittingham
   Prize), by Susanna Childress (Vol. 4, No. 1)

Late Wife (Louisiana State University Press, 2005), by Claudia Emerson (Vol. 2,
   No. 1)

Laws Of My Nature (Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2005), by Margot Schilpp
   (Vol. 1, No. 2)

Lie Awake Lake (Oberlin College Press, 2005), by Beckian Fritz Goldberg (Vol. 1,
   No. 1)

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
   University Press/Lynx House Books, 2005), by Carolyne Wright (Vol. 4, No. 2).
   Blue Lynx Prize; Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry; American Book Award--
   Before Columbus Foundation

Squeezers (Concrete Wolf/Frost Heaves Press, 2005), by Alison Pelegrin
   (Vol. 4, No. 1)

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)


Apocalypse Then: New Novellas and Stories
(Seven Stories Press, 2004), by Rick
   DeMarinis (Vol. 1, No. 2)

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
   Kevin Boyle (Vol. 1, No. 2)

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
   (Vol. 1, No. 2; Vol. 2, No. 1; Vol. 2, No. 2)

To the Green Man (Sarabande Books, 2004), by Mark Jarman (Vol. 1, No. 1;
   Vol. 1, No. 2)


Assignation at Vanishing Point
(Elixir Press, 2003), by Jane Satterfield (Vol. 1, No. 2)

Florida (TriQuarterly Books, 2003), by Christine Schutt (Vol. 1, No. 2)

Goldbeater's Skin (Center for Literary Publishing, 2003), by G. C. Waldrep
   (Vol. 2, No. 2)

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
   (Vol. 1, No. 1)

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)


Greatest Hits 1975-2001
(Puddinghouse Publications Poetry Chapbook Series
   #153, 2002), by Carolyne Wright (Vol. 4, 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.