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Proud to Be, volume 4, selected pieces

We are happy to announce the winning and selected writing for Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 4.

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“Academy Gothic” book trailer

Watch the book trailer for James Tate Hill’s Nilsen Prize-winning novel Academy Gothic here on YouTube.

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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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


James Tate Hill

Academy Gothic

James Tate Hill was born in Charleston, West Virginia. A graduate of the creative writing programs at Hollins University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro, his fiction has appeared in Story Quarterly, Sonora Review, The Texas Review, The Laurel Review, and elsewhere. He is the fiction editor for the literary magazine Monkeybicycle and lives in Greensboro with his wife, Lori.

Watch the book trailer for Academy Gothic here.

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