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2017 Big Muddy Pushcart Prize Nominees

Big Muddy would like to congratulate our Pushcart Prize nominees for 2017, chosen from issues 17.1 and 17.2 (the latter of which will be back from the printers any day now!)

Here are the nominees:

“Hangman’s Game” by Sam Martone (17.2)
“One Trick Pony” by J. Bowers (17.2)
“Missouri is a Ghost Shaped Thing” by John Dorsey (17.2)
“Speaking in Rivers” by Keith Donnell Jr. (17.1)
“Midway” by Jessica Fokken (17.1)
“older” by Charlotte Covey (17.1)

Best of luck to all of you!

Also, sheesh, was it hard to narrow the list down to just six! Thanks for all the great reading you keep sending our way. We look forward to all of the submissions to come!

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the 2017 Cowles Poetry Book Prize

Southeast Missouri State University Press is pleased to announce that Emma Bolden’s manuscript House is an Enigma is the winner of the 2017 Cowles Poetry Prize, judged by Susan Swartwout. The prize includes $2,000 and publication of the winning manuscript by the University Press. Ms. Bolden’s book will be published in October 2018.

House is an Enigma is an investigation of the language used to house descriptions of the body, which so often seek to define and determine the boundaries and behaviors of the spirit that lives within. Written after Bolden’s radical hysterectomy, during which she noted her doctors’ use of house metaphors to describe her body and discuss her inability to have children, these stunning poems set out to expose the fissures in the foundations of the language we use to define human bodies and their behaviors, using these cracks as a lens through which she can see her own body, at last, as her own flawed but beautiful home.

Emma Bolden is the author of two books, Malificae and medi(t)ations, and several chapbooks. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Salamander, National Poetry Review, Nimrod, Triquarterly, Fairy Tale Review, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, StoryQuarterly, Bellingham Review, DIAGRAM, Monkeybicycle, and Gulf Coast among other venues. Bolden received a 2017 Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment of the Arts.



House is an Enigma by Emma Bolden


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Days Since a Lost Time Accident by Steve Bellin-Oka
Rare, Wondrous Things by Alyse Bensel
You, Them, Her by Allison Blevins
If Not This Then What by J.L. Conrad
Cut Words and Other Trimmings by Kathryn Gessner Calkins
Glass is Glass Water is Water by Rae Gouirand
Temple of Bureaucratic Kindness by Brad Johnson
Inside Ball Lightning by Jacob Oet
Repeater by Michael C. Peterson
History of Gone by Lynn Schmeidler

Review of Big Muddy 17.1 Featured on New Pages

Our latest issue of Big Muddy was reviewed on New Pages. Turns out, they really liked it. Here’s a link to the review:

Author Tom Cushman passes away at 83

University Press author and friend Tom Cushman passed away earlier this month at the age of 83. A longtime sports columnist and journalist, Tom published Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation with the University Press in 2009.

Tom Cushman was born in St. Louis in 1934. He received his BA from Southeast Missouri State University and graduated from University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. For over 40 years, he worked as a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph (1959–1966), as reporter and eventually staff columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News (1966–1982), as Sports Editor and columnist for the San Diego Tribune (1982–1992), and as Sports Editor and columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune (1992–2002).

In his years as a sportswriter, he covered 10 Olympic Games, 25 World Series, 26 Super Bowls, 30 NCAA Final Fours, 21 Masters Golf Tournaments, 18 U.S. Open Golf Tournaments, and major professional boxing matches on four continents. He was the first writer outside New York City to receive the Nat Fleischer Award for Excellence in Boxing Journalism.

Tom is survived by his wife, Lois, son, Scott, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Read more about Tom’s life and career here.

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Brad Aaron Modlin earned his MFA from Bowling Green State and his PhD from Ohio University. His poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction have appeared in Denver Quarterly, The Florida Review, Indiana Review, DIAGRAMRiver TeethFourth Genre, and others.  Everyone at This Party has Two Names is the winner of the Cowles Poetry Book Prize.

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