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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:

https://www.newpages.com/literary-magazine-reviews/big-muddy-2017

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.

2016 Nilsen Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2016 Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel.

Winner
The Patron Saint of Lost Girls
Maureen Aitken, Minneapolis, MN

Born and raised in Detroit, Maureen Aitken teaches writing at the University of Minnesota, where she received her MFA degree. The recipient of two Pushcart Prize nominations, her stories have appeared in venues including Prairie Schooner, The Journal, Night Train, and Puerto del Sol.

The Patron Saint of Lost Girls is about Mary, a Detroit native who must transcend violence in her urban environment by facing her fears of exploitation, abuse, and death. An ode to the creative spirit’s ability to transcend hardship, The Patron Saint of Lost Girls paints an unflinching portrait of the violence and injustice inflicted on women in America, while also exploring the depth of familial connections and what it meant to live in Detroit in the 70s and 80s.

 

Finalists

The Essential Nature of Water; Or, The Everard File
Heather N. Martin, Englewood, CO

 

The Last Innocent Years: Stories
Kerry Jones, Wichita, KS

 

Or Wanting to Be Known
Miranda Schmidt, Portland,OR

 

Pioneer Camp
Christian Felt, Ogden, UT

 

The Visibility of Things Long Submerged
George Looney, Erie, PA

Proud to Be Contributor Adreon Publishes Memoir on Korean War

Korean War Veteran and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors contributor Leonard Adreon released his memoir Hilltop Doc: A Marine Corpsman Fighting Through the Mud and Blood of the Korean War.

More information about Hilltop Doc can be found at http://www.hilltopdoc.com

Poet Angie Macri’s work featured in Henderson State University show

Angie Macri’s work will be featured in the “Nasty Woman” exhibit at Russell Fine Arts Gallery at Henderson State University, opening March 1.

 

Click here for more information about the exhibit.

2016 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction and Mighty River Short Story Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists for the 2016 fiction contests.

Mighty River Short Story Contest
Winner:
In the Jungle
Jeremy Griffin, Myrtle Beach, SC

Finalists:
Resurrecting Grandma
Paula Younger, Denver, CO

Crush
Colin Brezicki, Niagra on the Lake, Ontario

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
Winner:
“Frayed Cords and Pink Underwear”
Shannon Sweetnam, Lake Forest, IL

Finalists:
“Back on the River”
Rick Donahoe, Yellow Springs, OH

“Love Seat”
Maryna Ajaja, Seattle, WA

Winners will be published in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, 17.1.

Welcoming new Director, James Brubaker

As of December 31, 2016, the University Press’s founder, Dr. Susan Swartwout, will be happily retired from the University and University Press.

Our new director will be Dr. James Brubaker, upressdirector@semo.edu. James  is the author of a book of short stories, Liner Notes, a short volume of pilot episodes for fictional television shows, Pilot Season, Black Magic Death Sphere: (Science) Fictions (which won the 2014 Pressgang Prize), and a number of short stories. His website is https://jamesbrubaker.net/

Welcome, James!

2016 Cowles Poetry Book Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2016 Cowles Poetry Book Prize.

Winner
Telling My Father
James Crews, Shaftsbury, VT

Finalists
Lost Valley
Travis Mossotti, St. Louis, MO

The Old Worlds
Doug Ramspeck, Lima, OH

What to Pack, What to Carry
Elizabeth Rees, Silver Spring, MD

Winning and selected writing for Proud to Be, Vol. 5

We are happy to announce the winning and selected writing for Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5.

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Book launch for “Gifts of Oneself: Art and Writing by James H. Hamby”

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Email upress@semo.edu with any questions about the launch.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Vijay Seshadri to read September 28

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Poet Vijay Seshadri will perform a public reading at Southeast on Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 – 8:00 pm in the Glenn Auditorium, Dempster Hall. A booksigning will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public, and is funded by the Dorothy and Wedel Nilsen Visiting Writers Series and Southeast Missouri State University Press.

Vijay Seshadri by Beowulf Sheehan

Vijay Seshadri by Beowulf Sheehan

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Poet Erik Campbell reading September 14

Poet Erik Campbell will be reading Wednesday, September 14 at 7 PM in the University Center Ball Room B as part of the Missouri Arts Council Visiting Writer Series. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
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Rules for Lying releasing September 1

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Author Anne Corbitt with her Nilsen Prize-winning novel, Rules for Lying, which releases September 1. Read more about Rules for Lying here.

2015 Nilsen Prize Winner

Congratulations to the winner and finalists for the 2015 Nilsen Literary Prize for a First Novel.

Winner
The Pie Man
John Surowiecki, Amston, CT

Finalists
The Shadows of 1915
Jerry M. Burger, Sunnyvale, CA

Field Notes
E.D. Edwards, Greensboro, NC

 

 

Macri poem chosen for Verse Daily

Congratulations to Angie Macri, whose poem “Watershed” was chosen by Verse Daily.

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Read “Watershed” via Verse Daily here, and find out more about Angie’s full-length book, Underwater Panther, here.

Reading and booksigning by Proud to Be authors at Missouri History Museum

On June 12, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors authors Scott Owen, Valerie Young, Tony Mena, and Jay Harden gave a reading at the Missouri State History Museum in St. Louis.

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Left to right: Scott Owen, Valerie Young, Tony Mena, and Jay Harden (Click to enlarge photo.)

 

2015 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction and Mighty River Short Story Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists for the 2015 fiction contests.

Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest
Winner:
“The Mockingbird”
John Blair, San Marcos, TX

Finalist:
“Where’s George”
Anne Dimock, Los Altos, CA

Mighty River Short Story Contest
Winner:
“Teachers”
Elisabeth Doyle, Washington, DC

Finalist:
“Freezerdog”
Carol Tiffany, Pottersville, NJ

Winners will be published in Big Muddy: A Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, 16.1.

2016 Hanks Poetry Award Winners

Congratulations to the following poets, whose poems published in The Cape Rock won awards in the St. Louis Poetry Center’s Stanley Hanks Poetry Award competition.

“The Copyist,” by Jane O. Wayne, from The Cape Rock:  2nd place

“Troy, Missouri 2001,” by Mallory Bochantin, from The Cape Rock:  Honorable Mention

 The poems will be printed in The Poetry Awards Concert chapbook. The Poetry Awards Concert, with readings by all winners, will be held on Sunday, May 15th, at 1:30 at the Focal Point in Maplewood, Missouri.

Beth Lordan to read at Graduate Conference

Fiction writer and professor Beth Lordan will read at the Southeast Missouri State University English Graduate Student Conference on April 14 at 7 P.M, in the University Center Ballroom A. The reading is free and open to the public.

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2015 Cowles Poetry Book Prize Winner

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

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

Finalists
Spontaneous Autobiographical Disclosure
Angela Ball, Hattiesburg, MS

My Kind of Darkness
Gaylord Brewer, Lascassas, TN

Stray
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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James Tate Hill interviewed by Writer’s Bone

Check out Academy Gothic author James Tate Hill’s interview with Writer’s Bone here.

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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.

Winner
Rules For Lying
Anne Corbitt, Atlanta, GA

Finalists
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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University Press display at 2015 Provost’s Showcase

Books published by Southeast Missouri State University Press were on display at Southeast’s 2015 Provost’s Showcase.

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Pulitzer Prize Winner visits Southeast

Pulitzer Prize Winning poet Stephen Dunn performed a reading at Southeast Missouri State University on April 16 at Rose Theatre as part of the Nilsen Visiting Writer Series. Click here to watch the video of his reading and click here to listen to his interview on KRCU.

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