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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


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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Faulkner and Warren

Faulkner and Warren

By Edited by Christopher Rieger and Robert W. Hamblin

Faulkner and Warren is a collection of literary criticism from the 2012 Faulkner/Warren Conference at Southeast Missouri State University. Faulkner and Warren is Volume Four in Southeast’s Faulkner Conference Series.

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Featured Author

Dixon Hearne

Dixon Hearne

Plantatia: High-toned and Low-down Stories of the South, From Tickfaw to Shongaloo

DIXON HEARNE is the author of four books of fiction and editor of several anthologies. From Tickfaw to Shongaloo was the sole Runner-Up in the 2014 Faulkner Wisdom Novella Competition. Plantatia: High-toned and Low-down Stories of the South was nominated for the Hemingway/PEN award, and his stories have been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Other work has appeared in Collier’s magazine, Oxford American, Louisiana Literature, Big Muddy, Tulane Review, and elsewhere. Much of his work is drawn from the rich images of daily life along the river traces and delta flats of Louisiana.