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 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

Recent Awards for Current and Previous Blackbird Contributors

Beth Bachmann’s first book, Temper (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009), winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry, has just been released from the Pitt Poetry Series and debuted at number six on the Poetry Foundation’s contemporary bestseller list.

 A Murmuration of Starlings (Southern Illinois University Press, 2008) by Jake Adam York is the 2009 Colorado Book Award winner in poetry.

Lisa Russ Spaar won the 2009 Library of Virginia Literary Award in Poetry for her collection Satin Cash (Persea Books, 2008).

Eleanor Ross Taylor and Charles Wright were awarded the 2009 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry.

Heterotopia by Lesley Wheeler was selected by David Wojahn as the winner of the 2009 Barrow Street Press Book Contest award and will be published in the spring of 2010.

The Cherry Sisters Revisited by Dan O’ Brien, with music by Michael Friedman, has been selected for the 34th annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, the nation’s preeminent and longest-running new-play festival. This season, the Humana Festival is slated for February 21 through March 28, 2010.

 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

Recent Books by Current and Previous Blackbird Contributors

University of Pittsburgh Press
Beth Bachmann

Never-Ending Birds
W. W. Norton & Company
David Baker

Unmentionables (Paperback)
W. W. Norton & Company
Beth Ann Fennelly

Carta Marina: A Poem in Three Parts
Wings Press
Ann Fisher-Wirth

News of the World
Philip Levine

How to Leave Home
Finishing Line Press
Catherine MacDonald

I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl
Sarabande Books
Karyna McGlynn

Illustrating the Machine that Makes the World
University of Georgia Press
Joshua Poteat

First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process
University of Iowa Press, 2009
Robert Richardson

Mister Skylight
Copper Canyon Press
Ed Skoog

The Great Wave
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Ron Slate

Tulips, Water, Ash
Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet

Weapons Grade
University of Arkansas Press
Terese Svoboda

Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960–2008
Louisiana State University Press
Eleanor Ross Taylor

Sight Map
University of California Press
Brian Teare

Disappears in the Rain
Parlor City Press
Matthew Thorburn

C&R Press
Lesley Wheeler

 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.