Blackbird an online journal of literature and the arts Fall 2007  Vol. 6 No. 2
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 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

Recent Awards for Current and Previous Blackbird Contributors

Ellen Bryant Voigt’s collection Messenger: New and Selected Poems 1976–2006 (W.W. Norton, 2007) was  one of three finalists for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.
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G. C. Waldrep’s manuscript Archicembalo has been awarded the 2007 Dorset Prize and will be published by Tupelo Press in 2009.

Jake Adam York’s second book, A Murmuration of Starlings (Sourthern Illinois University Press, 2008) was selected as the second-prize winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition.
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Elizabeth Bradfield, founder and editor of Broadsided, recently won the 2007–08 Stegner Fellowship to Stanford University. Her book, Interpretive Work, a collection of poetry, has been published by Red Hen Press.

 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

Recent Books by Current and Previous Blackbird Contributors


Anticipate the Coming Reservoir
Carnegie Mellon University Press
Poems by John Hoppenthaler
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The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine
Poems by Mark Yakich

Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems
G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Poems by Cornelius Eady

The Translator’s Diary
New Issues
Poems by Jon Pineda
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The Boatloads
Poems by Dan Albergotti
(v4n2, v5n2, v6n2)

A Murmuration of Starlings.
Southern Illinois University Press
Poems by Jake Adam York
(v3n2, v4n1, v5n2)

The Shipwreck Dress
Orchises Press
Poems by Terri Witek
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Sarabande Press
Poems from Rick Barot

Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007
Salmon Press
Poems by Knute Skinner.

Ashes in Midair
Many Mountains Moving Press
Poems by Susan Settlemyre Williams
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 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

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.