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2015 Cowles Poetry Book Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2015 Cowles Poetry Book Prize.

Everyone at This Party Has Two Names 
Brad Aaron Modlin, Athens, OH

Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure
Angela Ball, Hattiesburg, MS

My Kind of Darkness
Gaylord Brewer, Lascassas, TN

Adam Houle, Darlington, SC

Bird Singing in the Moonlight
Susan Kelly-DeWitt, Sacramento, CA

Ode to the Earth in Translation
George Looney, Erie, PA

Lost Valley
Travis Mossotti, St. Louis, MO


Red Bull Rising reviews “Proud to Be, Vol. 4”

Thank you to Red Bull Rising for reviewing Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 4.

Read Red Bull Rising’s review here.

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The Gorge’s David Armand interviewed by Late Night Library, Deep South Magazine

Read David Armand’s interviews with Late Night Library here and with Deep South Magazine here.

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Proud to Be, volume 4 book launch and reading

Join us for the launch of the latest volume in our Partners in Military Service series on December 19. Click below for more details.
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Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 4

By Edited by Susan Swartwout

Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 4 presents essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and photography by military-service personnel, veterans, and their families.

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The Gorge

By David Armand

In his latest literary thriller, David Armand weaves together the stories of an eccentric cast of dark, frighteningly realist characters, each under suspicion of murdering a young girl, Amber Varnado, whose body is found hidden in a deep gorge at the opening of the novel.

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Academy Gothic

By James Tate Hill

Hard-boiled noir meets academic satire in Academy Gothic. Tate Cowlishaw is late for another faculty meeting when he discovers the body of Scoot Simkins, dean of Parshall College. Cowlishaw might be legally blind but sees that a man with three bullets in his head didn’t put them there himself. The police disagree.

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Underwater Panther

By Angie Macri

Inaugural winner of the Cowles Poetry Book Prize.

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Featured Author

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David Armand

The Gorge

David Armand was born and raised in Louisiana. He has worked as a drywall hanger, a draftsman, and as a press operator in a flag printing factory. He now teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press. In 2010, he won the George Garrett Fiction Prize for his first novel, The Pugilist’s Wife, which was published by Texas Review Press. His second novel, Harlow, was published by Texas Review Press in 2013. The Gorge is his third novel. He has a chapbook, The Deep Woods, coming out in late 2015 from Blue Horse Press; and his memoir, My Mother’s House, is forthcoming Spring 2016 from Texas Review Press. David lives with his wife and two children and is working on his sixth book, The Lord’s