English Assistant Professor Gary L. McDowell recently won the 2014 Neil Shepard Prize in Creative Nonfiction from “Green Mountains Review.” In addition to a monetary prize, his lyric essay, “An Eye that Never Closes in Sleep: A Nightbook,” will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of “Green Mountains Review.” His poem, “Echolocation,” was a finalist in Yemassee’s Pocataligo Poetry Contest. Also, his poetry manuscript, “Mysteries in a World that Thinks There Are None,” has been a runner-up or finalist in several contests this spring including the Permafrost Prize from University of Alaska Fairbanks Press, the Poets Out Loud Prize from Fordham University Press, the Maxine Kumin Memorial Prize from C&R Press, and The Burnside Review’s Book Prize.
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