First ‘Nilsen Visiting Writer’ David Armand on Campus Sept. 16-19

darmand3x4_USECAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 9, 2014 — The Nilsen Visiting Writers Program and Southeast Missouri State University Press will host American novelist David Armand Sept. 16-19 for a public reading of his work and visits to various classes and venues to speak with students about being a writer.

Armand will deliver a reading and Q&A, which is free and open to the public, on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the University’s Crisp Hall Room 125, located at 725 N. Pacific Street in Cape Girardeau. The reading will be followed by a book signing.

His first novel, “The Pugilist’s Wife,” won the George Garrett Fiction Prize and was listed byThe New Orleans Times-Picayune”alongside Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson(“Gilead”)as one of five “hot read[s]” in March 2012. “Harlow,” his second novel, is described by the Dallas Morning News as “set in Louisiana’s backwoods, this dark, tense, well-written coming-of-age novel offers gritty echoes of Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner.” He has recently completed his third novel.

Armand was born and raised in Louisiana. He has worked as a drywall hanger, a draftsman and as a press operator in a flag printing factory. He now teaches at Southeast­ern Louisiana University, where he also serves as associate editor for Louisiana Literature Press.