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 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

Recent Awards for Current and Previous Blackbird Contributors

William Olsen’s poem, “Light or Dark Speech,” which appears in v8n2 of Blackbird, was selected for inclusion in The Best of the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses (35th Edition)

Matt Donovan’s poem, “Coleridge in Scotland, Walking,” which appears in v7n2 of Blackbird, was selected for inclusion in the 2009 Sundress’s Best of the Net Anthology.

Taylur Thu Hien Ngo’s short story “I Am My Rooster,” which appears in v8n1 of Blackbird, was selected for inclusion in the 2009 Sundress’s Best of the Net Anthology.

Anna Journey’s poem, “Elegy: I Pass By the Erotic Bakery,” which appears in v8n1 of Blackbird, was selected for inclusion in the 2009 Sundress’s Best of the Net Anthology.

Christine Schutt’s short story, “The Girl Needs to Be Kissed,” which appears in v8n1 of Blackbird, was selected for inclusion Dzanc’s Best of the Web 2010 anthology.

Beth Bachman’s first collection, Temper, is the recipient of the 2010 Kate Tufts Discovery Award.

Brian Barker and Nicky Beer are the cowinners of the 2010 Campbell Connor Poetry Prize.

Cary Holladay received the first place prize in the Glimmer Train Family Matters Competition for her story “The Flood.”

Caitlin Horrocks is the recipient of the 2010 Plimpton Prize at the Paris Review for her story “At the Zoo.”

Christine Schutt is the recipient of a 2010 grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Eleanor Ross Taylor has received the 2010 William Carlos Williams Award of the Poetry Society of America and the 2010 Ruth Lily Prize. Her most recent book, Captive Voices: New and Selected Poems, 1960–2008 (Louisiana State University Press, 2009) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Ellen Bryant Voigt is the 2009 recipient of the Poet’s Prize.

Elisabeth Murawski of Alexandria, Virginia is the winner of the 2010 May Swenson Poetry Award, presented by Utah State University Press.


 Contributor Awards | Recent Books | LOCKSS

Recent Books by Current and Previous Blackbird Contributors

Serving House Books
Clare Bateman

The Diminishing House
Carnegie Mellon University Press
Nicky Beer

The Lions
University of Chicago Press
Peter Campion

Chaos is the New Calm
Boa Editions
Wyn Cooper

TriQuarterly Books
Jeanne Dubrow

The Man from Kinvara: Selected Stories
Graywolf Press
Tess Gallagher

In the Time of the Girls
Boa Editions
Anne Germanacos

Wings Without Birds
Salt Publishing
Brian Henry

American Rendering: New and Selected Poems
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Andrew Hudgins

The Other Life: Selected Poems of Herbert Scott 1974-2005
Carnegie Mellon University Press
Herb Scott, David Dodd Lee, Editor

New Issues Poetry and Prose
Khaled Mattawa

Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger
A Shannon Ravenel Book, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Lee Smith

The List of Dangers
Wick Chapbook Series, Kent State University Press
Maggie Smith

Destruction Myth
Cleveland State University Press
Mathias Svalina

Sum of Every Lost Ship
Cleveland State University Press
Alison Titus

Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems
Copper Canyon Press
Chase Twichell

The Art of Syntax Rhythm of Thought, Rhythm of Song
Graywolf Press
Ellen Bryant Voigt

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

 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.