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2014 Nilsen Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the 2014 Nilsen Prize for a First Novel.

Rules For Lying
Anne Corbitt, Atlanta, GA

A Ghost at the Edge of the Sea
Emily Breunig, Los Altos, CA

Marion Hatley
Beth Castrodale. Jamaica Plain, MA


Kate Bernheimer to visit Southeast in September

Author and editor Kate Bernheimer will be visiting Southeast in September as a part of the Nilsen Visiting Writer Series.

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Winner of inaugural Cowles Poetry Book Prize

Congratulations to Angie Macri of Hot Springs, Arkansas, for winning the first Cowles Poetry Book Prize. Her winning manuscript, Underwater Panther, will be published in fall 2015.

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Winners of 2014 Fiction Contests

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2014 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction and Mighty River Short Story contests, Jeannine Dorian Vesser and Hannah Gildea.

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New Releases


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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From Tickfaw to Shongaloo

From Tickfaw to Shongaloo

By Dixon Hearne

From Tickfaw to Shongaloo is a comic Southern tale told in the first person by Raylene, a local gossip in little Stokely, Louisiana. Bert Dilly the postmaster (we learn), has been spreading town gossip (like everyone else), fueled by his habit of being a little too involved with the local mail (opened or not). A disgruntled maiden lady writes a scathing letter of complaint, which is reported to the state postmaster, and Bert’s brother, J.T., accuses Bert of mental incompetence (he wants the family land). Bert is replaced until the charges can be taken up by a federal court in Baton Rouge.

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Featured Author

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Angie Macri

Underwater Panther

Angie Macri was born and raised in southern Illinois, where her mother’s family has lived for more than two centuries. After studying at the University of Arkansas, she has worked in Arkansas as a technical writer and educator. An Arkansas Arts Council fellow, she lives in Hot Springs.

Her poems have been included in Arts & Letters, Best New Poets, Cimarron Review, A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, New Madrid, The Southern Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, and other journals. Her chapbook Fear Nothing of the Future or the Past, which works with H.D.’s Helen in Egypt, the mounds around Helena, Arkansas, and the paintings of Carroll Cloar, was published by Finishing Line Press. Underwater Panther is her first full-length book publication. Links to publications, events, and more can be found at

Order Underwater Panther  here.