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Welcoming new Director, James Brubaker

As of December 31, 2016, the University Press’s founder, Dr. Susan Swartwout, will be happily retired from the University and University Press.

Our new director will be Dr. James Brubaker, James  is the author of a book of short stories, Liner Notes, a short volume of pilot episodes for fictional television shows, Pilot Season, Black Magic Death Sphere: (Science) Fictions (which won the 2014 Pressgang Prize), and a number of short stories. His website is

Welcome, James!

2016 Cowles Poetry Book Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2016 Cowles Poetry Book Prize.

Telling My Father
James Crews, Shaftsbury, VT

Lost Valley
Travis Mossotti, St. Louis, MO

The Old Worlds
Doug Ramspeck, Lima, OH

What to Pack, What to Carry
Elizabeth Rees, Silver Spring, MD

Winning and selected writing for Proud to Be, Vol. 5

We are happy to announce the winning and selected writing for Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5.


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Book launch for “Gifts of Oneself: Art and Writing by James H. Hamby”


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New Releases

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5

By Edited by Susan Swartwout

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5 presents essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and photography by military-service personnel, veterans, and their families.

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Gifts of Oneself: Art and Writings by James H. Hamby

By Roxanne Dunn and Robert W. Hamblin (Editors), Compiled by Roy Dawson

James Harold “Jim” Hamby was a football coach at Southeast Missouri State University and a brilliant, very popular professor of philosophy at Southeast from 1968 until his death in 1986 at the age of fifty-five. He studied birds, taught himself the art of watercolors, and gave more than 300 of his beautiful and detailed creations to other faculty and friends.

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Everyone at This Party Has Two Names

By Brad Aaron Modlin

"Full of essential solitudes though simultaneously lit by "a whore's lightbulb against a star sky," the poems in this, Modlin's first, book are remarkable for their candor, for their wit, for their urge toward and into new moods and new modes. . . ."

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Rules for Lying

By Anne Corbitt

After school, custodian Oliver Nix investigates a strange sound coming from the boys' locker room. What he finds rocks this suburban Atlanta community.

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Featured Author

Anne Corbitt

Rules for Lying

Anne Corbitt received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi on the John and Renée Grisham Fellowship. Her work has appeared in One Story, The Greensboro Review, Fifth Wednesday, Fourth River, and others. She teaches at Kennesaw State University. Rules for Lying is Anne’s first novel and the winner of the Nilsen Prize.

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