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 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

Recent Awards for Current and Previous Blackbird Contributors

Dilruba Ahmed received one of the Bakeless Literary Publication Prizes from the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference for her collection of poems titled Dhaka Dust.

Susan Aizenberg received one of ten Glenna Luschei Awards from Prairie Schooner.

Sherman Alexie received the 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award for his collection of short stories War Dances (Grove Press).

Paula Bohince won a 2010-2011 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship.

Christopher Buckley’s edited Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees to be published by The Blackwaters Press in January 2011.

Peter Campion is the recipient of the thirteenth annual Levis Reading Prize for his collection The Lions (University of Chicago Press).

Lisa Fay Coutley and Dawn April Lonsinger were chosen by Claudia Emerson to be included in the 2010 Best New Poets anthology.

Adam Day received a 2010 Chapbook Fellowship from the Poetry Society of America for Badger, Apocrypha.

Stephen Dunn won the 2010 Jane Geske Award from Prairie Schooner.

Robin Ekiss received the 2010 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers for her collection titled The Mansion of Happiness.

Melody S. Gee received the 2010 Perugia Press Poetry Prize for her poetry collection Each Crumbling House.

Kathleen Graber was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry for her collection The Eternal City (Princeton University Press, 2010).

Juliana Gray received 2010 Bea Gonzalez prize for Poetry presented by Stone Canoe for her poem “Nancy Drew, 45, Posts on”

Henry Hart is the recipient of the 2010 Carole Weinstein Poetry Prize.

Terrance Hayes received the 2010 National Book Award in Poetry for his collection Lighthead (Penguin, 2010).

Caitlin Horrocks received the 2010 Plimpton Prize from Paris Review for her short story “At the Zoo” and one of ten Glenna Luschei Awards from Prairie Schooner.

Anna Journey is the recipient of a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Alexander Long won the Poetry Chapbook Competition for his collection titled Still Life.

Robert Lopez was awarded a $7,000 fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Khaled Mattawa received the 2010 Academy Fellowship award in honor of Toqueville (New Issues Poetry and Prose, 2010).

Irene McKinney received the 2010 Thornton Writer Residency in poetry from Lynchburg College.

Timothy O’Keefe won the 2010 FIELD Poetry Prize for The Goodbye Town.

Ann Patchett won the eighth annual Fairfax Prize given by Fairfax County Public Library Foundation.

Stanley Plumly is the recipient of the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence.

Suzanne Rivecca was awarded a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Christine Schutt received a Guggenheim Fellowship in fiction.

Peter Jay Shippy won first prize in Sonora Review’s 2010 Poetry Contest for his poem “White for diluting dreams.”

Peggy Shumaker was recently named the Alaska State Writer Laureate.

Gerald Stern won the $10,000 Award of Merit Medal for Poetry.

Susan Terris won the Poetry Chapbook Competition from Pudding House Books for Bar None.


 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

Recent Books by Current and Previous Blackbird Contributors

Copper Canyon Press
Chris Abani

I Was the Jukebox
W. W. Norton & Co
Sandra Beasley

The Visible
LSU Press
Bruce Bond

White Shirt
University of Tampa Press
Forthcoming August 2011
Christopher Buckley

The Nervous Filaments
Four Way Books
David Lee Dodd

Sky Booths in the Breath Somewhere: The Ashbery Erasure Poems
David Lee Dodd

Orphan, Indiana
University of Akron Press
David Lee Dodd

Each Crumbling House
Perugia Press
Melody S. Gee

The Needle
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Forthcoming Spring 2011
Jennifer Grotz

Ann Patchett

Movie Plots
Epiphany Editions Book Kits
Nick Admussen


 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.

LOCKSSPanelists 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.