Two state agencies have awarded grants to the Southeast Missouri State University Press.
The Missouri Arts Council will provide $3,751 to support the publication of Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi Valley and to bring a visiting lecturer to campus. The Missouri Humanities Council will provide $3,331 to support the publication of the Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Volume 5 anthology, edited by Dr. Susan Swartwout, director of the University Press.
Big Muddy, called “a captivating collection” and “original and engaging” by reviewers, is a semi-annual publication that explores multidisciplinary issues and events. The Missouri Arts Council has supported Big Muddy with grants each year since 2010. Their grant makes possible the journal’s distribution throughout the state of Missouri to both public and university libraries. It also sponsors an annual speaker with ties to the region who presents a public lecture or reading on Southeast’s campus.
The Missouri Humanities Council partnered with Southeast’s University Press in 2011 to enhance their Veterans Writing Program with published writing by veterans and military personnel or their families. The resulting anthology, Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, edited and published at the University Press, has been a great success. Twice featured in Humanities: Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities and praised nationally by veterans and news media, the Proud to Be series won the gold medal in the 2013 Stars and Flags anthology competition. Vietnam Veterans of America calls it “excellent writing dealing with America’s wars, from World War II up to and including our current wars.” The Missouri Humanities Council continues its funding of the series with the fifth volume, which will be released in November 2016 at the reading and dinner in St. Louis for writers from across the nation.
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