blackbird online journal spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1



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Dan Albergotti currently serves as poetry editor of storySouth and teaches in the English department of Coastal Carolina University. His chapbook, Charon’s Manifest, was selected as the winner of the 2005 Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Poetry Chapbook Competition. His poem, “Things to Do in the Belly of the Whale,” won the 2005 Oneiros Press Poetry Broadside Competition.  His poems have appeared in Ascent, Meridian, Mid-American Review, New Orleans Review, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and the anthology Best New Poets 2005. His critical essay, “Coming to the End of His Triumph: A Retrospective on Jack Gilbert,” is available on the Academy of American Poets website. In 2004, he was a fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Richard Soref Scholar in Poetry at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. He was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2003 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He is a graduate of the MFA program and the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review


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Cecily Parks’ chapbook, Cold Work, was selected by Li-Young Lee for the 2005 Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship. She was also the recipient of the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Poetry for the 2005 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poems have appeared in the journals Antioch Review, Blackbird, Boston Review, Five Points, The Paris Review, Southwest Review, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Yale Review, and others. She lives in New York City.






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Mark Yakich is an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant. He holds degrees in political science, Western European studies, and poetry. His first book of poems, Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross, published by Penguin in 2004, was a winner of the 2003 National Poetry Series. His chapbook, The Making of Collateral Beauty, both companion and descendant of Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross, was published in 2006 by Tupelo Press and was the winner of the 2004 Snowbound Chapbook Award. His poems have appeared in Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Octopus Magazine, and other journals. He has been featured most recently in the poetry magazine elimae, and From the Fishouse, an audio archive of emerging poets. His forthcoming collection is entitled September 12.