the Reading News for March 9th and slightly Beyond — Around Lincoln ….

HOT NEWS:

Still some openings at the

Brownville Writers Workshop, River of Words , on April 13-15

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Saturday: state finals, POETRY OUT LOUD, at Sheldon Art Gallery, 1pm!

AND – the OM Slam, OLD MARKET, OMAHA (with Nats Slammer, Chris August) – 7:30pm !!!

Sunday: Irish poet Desmond Egan at 1st Methodist, 50th & St Paul, Lincoln, 9:30 am

Monday: Christine Stewart-Nunez & Phil Weitl, Crescent Moon Coffee, 7pm

Wednesday: Allison Hedge Coke reading at Wednesday Words, 10th & Farnam, Omaha, NOON

 

Wednesday: Suzanne Buffam and Srikanth Reddy at Nebraska Wesleyan, 6pm 

 

Thursday: Jan Beatty at Andrews Hall, 5:30 pm

Friday: the no name poetry series with  Daniel Nyikos and Gabe Houck – Zen Lounge, 4pm

Sunday — Paul Dickey at the John Ames Reading, Bennett Martin Library, 2pm

(More Details on these, and MORE, below>>>>)

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2012 Wine, Writers and Song Weekend,
April 13, 14 and 15…

features the River of Words Workshop, with Sherrie Flick teaching and 


the 1 pm Sunday Free Range Reading at the Lyceum Bookstore, 1pm til 4pm, with 12 writers from around Nebraska:

so far we have signed up to read on Sunday: Barbara Salvatore,  Liz Kay,  Marge Saiser,  Kelly Madigan,  Art Homer,  J V Brummels,  Karen Shoemaker,  Amy Plettner,  Lisa Sandlin, Denise Banker, and Todd Robinson …


 plus other events, detailed here:

The itinerary for the weekend includes:
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Meet up at the River Inn, just follow the signs to where she’s docked on the Missouri River, both Friday & Saturday nights the entertainment is free!

5-7 PM Social Hour, Sponsored by The Merchants of Brownville.
No cover charge. Cash Bar all evening and the popular band ‘to be announced’ asap. 
6-7 PM Dinner featuring a variety of pastas, salads & breads. Dessert and coffee follow, $15. Dinner is provided for WWS Workshoppers.
7-9 PM Band
Reservations encouraged, call Nora at 402-825-3992 or email nora.tallmon@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, APRIL 14
9-11 AM Weekend Writers’ Workshop First Session with Sherrie Flick. Breakfast is provided for WWS Workshoppers.
Lunch Break: Enjoy dining at the Lyceum or TJs Lounge! Visit our shops, winery & museums. Lunch is provided for WWS Workshoppers.
3-4 PM Come cruise the Missouri River on the Spirit of Brownville, adults $14.95 PP, children 5 and under free.
4:30-6:30 PM Weekend Writers’ Workshop: Session Two with Sherrie Flick. 6:30-8 PMPrivate Dinner for WWS Workshoppers.
8PM-10 PM FREE Evening Revelry at the Whiskey Run Creek Winery featuring ‘to be announced’ asap 

SUNDAY, APRIL 15
9:30-10:45 AM Weekend Writers’ Workshop Open House at the Village Theatre Residence, sponsored by Gypsy Jack’s Antiques & Collectibles. Come share a bite and a enjoy the readings at this free open house, see what the writers produced during this remarkable weekend! Breakfast is provided for WWS Workshoppers.
Lunch Break: Enjoy dining at the Lyceum! Visit our museums and shops.
1-4 PM at the Lyceum Bookstore, 

Free Range Readings hosted by Rex Walton & Jane Smith. Writers include: 
Denise Banker
Todd Robinson
Barbara Salvatore
Liz Kay
Marge Saiser
Kelly Madigan
Art Homer
J V Brummels
Karen Shoemaker
Amy Plettner
Lisa Sandlin

MORE TO BE ADDED SOON, biographies will be posted soon!

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River of Words Workshop:
Sherrie Flick will be this year’s workshop instructor for the 
Writers’ Workshop, River of WordsApril 13, 14 and 15, 2012, 


Prepare to sweep away any blocks you may have experienced as we spend the weekend generating new work. Guided by the Missouri River to our east, we will get in the flow and use a variety of tools and techniques to banish the inner critic and write. Our goal will be to head home with many pages of fresh material, newly forged connections with our fellow writers, and a few new strategies to add to our writing practice.

Sherrie Flick published her debut novel, Reconsidering Happiness, with University of Nebraska Press as part of their Flyover Fiction series in September 2009. She is also author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume Press, 2004). Anthologies include Sudden Fiction (Norton, 2007) and Flash Fiction Forward (Norton, 2006), as well as Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Minuscule Fiction (MAMMOTH Press, 2003) and You Have Time for This (Ooligan Press, 2007).

Her essay “Flash in a Pan” appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, 2009. Her fiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Quarterly West, Puerto del Sol, Quick Fiction, and Freight Stories, among others.

Flick has received artist residencies from the Ucross Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In 2005, she was honored as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40.” In 2007, she received an individual artist fellowship from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She teaches graduate students at Chatham University and undergraduate classes at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Sherrie has also taught interdisciplinary writing workshops in many arts institutions, including Carnegie Museum of Art and Silver Eye Center for Photography.

She often helps curate literary programs in alternative settings, such as Wood-Fired Words with UnSmoke Systems in Braddock, Pa. and isReads Pittsburgh. Flick is artistic director and co-founder of the Gist Street Reading Series, now in its tenth year. Gist Street is a literary reading series focusing on national and local poets and prose writers publishing their first or second books. She is also a freelance writer and editor.
She lives in Pittsburgh, where she likes to garden and cook.

The Wine, Writers and Song Weekend is a weekend writing workshop for 15 participants. There are 13 residential openings for $150 and two non-residential openings for $80. 


NOTE: There is an online PayPal option

The Residential Workshop includes: 2 nights’ lodging at the Brownville Village Theatre Actors’ Residence, meals, writing sessions, the opportunity to read your work to a supportive audience at the Writers’ Workshop Open House on Sunday morning, evening events, and the chance to meet and hang out with some really great people. The Workshop Instructor will spend the weekend at the Brownville Village Theatre’s Actors’ Residence as well.

Residential Workshop participation is limited to 13. Cost for this package is $150.

The Non-Residential Workshop includes all the above except breakfast and lodging. There are Non-Residential Workshop spots. Cost for this package is $80 including lunch and dinner.

Registration for the Weekend Writers’ Workshop – both packages – is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis after January 1, 2012.

If you’re interested in participating – or if you have questions – please contact Nora Tallmon, WWS Weekend Director, at nora.tallmon@gmail.com or call her at 402-825-3992.

This year the ‘festival’ has been converted to a weekend that focuses on you. 

There will still be the popular Free Range Readings on Sunday–hosted by Rex Walton and Jane Smith, the Workshop open house on Sunday and evening get-togethers. The large roster of events and author presentations has been changed to one that will allow you to stay focused on your writing and rejuvenate your writer’s spirit.

 

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The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE offers 2-8-week residencies year-round for writers, visual artists, and music composers with an upcoming deadline of March 1. See website for complete information: www.KHNCenterfortheArts.org.

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UNL professor Joy Castro’s forthcoming debut novel, Hell or High Water, has been chosen as the September 2012 Book of the Month by the Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club. It’s good national publicity for a first novel: there are book club chapters all over the country, and Joy will be doing teleconferencing in September.

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UNL professor Wheeler Winston Dixon’s book A History of Horror (Rutgers UP) has been chosen by Choice, the ALA Library Journal, as an Outstanding Academic Book of the Year for 2011. As Choice notes, their list of Outstanding Academic Books “comprise[s] less than 9 percent of the titles reviewed during 2011 and 2.5 percent of those submitted during that same time span, [ensuring that] these exceptional titles are truly the ‘best of the best.'” In addition, A History of Horror will be released as an audio book by Redwood Audiobooks in 2012, and has just gone into a second printing from Rutgers.

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Pictures, Pictures:


Lincoln High School Slam Team pics at the South Mill, March 6th — Tuesdays with Writers:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/LincolnHighSchoolSlamTeamTake2

James “Mississippi” Redd at Crescent Moon, March 5th :

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/JamesReddAtCrescentMoon


The F Street Writers Workshop at Crescent Moon, Feb 27th:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/TheFStreetWritersWorkshopReadsAtCrescentMoonCoffee


Tony Church: 12 Strings Go to the MOON, FEB 26th:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/TonyChurch12StringsOnTheMoon


Jeff Allesandrelli and Trey Moody read at the Moon, FEB 20th:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/JeffAlessandrelliAndTreyMoodyReadAtCrescentMoon


James Shea reads at Crescent Moon – Feb 13th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/NEWesleyanProfJamesSheaReadsAtCrescentMoon


Prairie Schooner launch party and Irish reading – Feb 10th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/PrairieSchoonerIrishIssueLaunchPartyReading


the Write Stuff writing group plus Dee Thompson- 

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/TuesdaysWithWritersForFebruaryTheWriteStuffWritingGroupPlusDeolaThompson


Lois Lewandowski reads at Crescent Moon Feb 6th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/NovelistLoisLewandowskiReadsAtCrescentMoonFebruary6th


the F Street Writers Workshop reads at St Marks, Feb 5th – 

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/TheFStreetWritersWorkshopReadsAtTheirAnnualStMarksOnTheCampusGathering


The Resonators play at Crescent Moon, Feb 3

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/TheResonatorsAtCrescentMoon


Allison Hedge Coke reads at Crescent Moon – Jan 30th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/AllisonHedgeCokeReadsAtCrescentMoonJanuary30th2012


Ciara McCormack reads at Crescent Moon – Jan 9th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/CiaraMcCormackReadsAtCrescentMoonCoffee


Andrew Ek at the South Mill – Jan 3rd

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/JanuaryReadingAtTheSouthMillForTuesdaysWithWritersAndrewEk


Julia Nadeau and Sheila Tinkham read at Crescent Moon – Jan 2nd, 2012

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/JuliaNadeauAndSheilaTinkhamReadAtCrescentMoonCoffee


Nebraska Poets Calendar 2012 reading – 

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/2012NebraskaPOETSCalendarReading


Chaparral foursome at the Moon

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/ChaparralFoursomeAtTheMoon


Ted Kooser – 200th Heritage Room reading – Nov 20th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/TedKooserNov20th


Joy Harjo in Kearney – Nov 15th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/JoyHarjoInKearneyTheReynoldsReadingSeriesNovember15th2011


Sandra Mathews at Crescent Moon Nov 14th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/SandraMathewsBenhamReadsAtTheCrescentMoonNovember14th


Twyla Hansen and John Walker at Crescent Moon Nov 7th

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/TwylaHansenReadsJohnWalkerSingsCrescentMoonCoffeeNovember7th2011


Heidi Hermanson and Shoshana Sumrall at the South Mill:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110313286591675631051/HeidiHermansonShoshanaSumrallFrerkingAtTheSouthMill

 

 

Greg Kuzma’s Screenplay, read on stage at the Moon, October 24th:

 

 

 

Nebraska Celebration of Books, Oct. 22nd, Lied Center:

 

 

 

Marge Saiser at the John Ames Reading, Bennett Martin Library:

 

 

 

Terrance Oberst & James Crews, October 10th :

 

 

 

 

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check out more info at: 

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Prairie Moon Reading & Music News: 
http://moonreading.blogspot.com/ 

Matt Mason’s Poetry Menu: 
The Nebraska Poetry Menu at www.poetrymenu.com 

Brett Spencer’s Nebraska Center for Writers: 
http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/NCW/ 

YouTube page at Creighton: 
http://www.youtube.com/user/CreightonCCAS 

Nebraska Center for the Book: 
http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/index.asp 

Reynolds Series 2011, UN – Kearney :

http://www.unk.edu/academics/english/UNK_Reynolds_Series/

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THE DAILY SCHEDULE: 

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Thursday March 8th, 7:30pm– ,

at Meadowlark Coffee, 17th and South: 

SMASH TEETH POETRY SLAM!!!!

with Chris August!!

 

hosted by Oracle Jones and Ryley G — BE THERE!!!!!

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Thursday, March 8th, 7 til 8:30pm at 1st United Methodist Church, 50th & St Paul, Lincoln: – 

Irish language workshop ($15) with 

Máirtín de Cógáin

 


ALSO: Storytelling Workshop with Mairtin on SATURDAY, March 10th, 9am til noon ($25) at the Methodist church


Máirtín de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who also is a noted playwright and actor. He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S…. and between and beyond, too! An infectious personality, Máirtín pleasantly commands the attention of any collection of people, as large as a concert hall or as small as a porch.

Máirtín learnt his singing from many famous Irishmen such as Séamus Mac Mathúna, Danni Maichi Ua Súilleabháin, and Ciarán Dwyer. Story-telling has been in his family for generations. Máirtín’s talents are boundless, having garnered recognition as a storyteller (winning two All-Ireland’s), singer (front man for the Fuchsia Band), dancer, and actor (most notably in the film The Wind that Shakes the Barley). A fluent speaker of Irish Gaelic and gifted teacher of Cork’s folk dances, Máirtín makes friends wherever he goes. In a very short time, Máirtín, the Fuchsia Band, and the “Project” have made themselves regulars at some of the most prestigious Irish festivals in the U.S.


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Friday, March 9th — 4pm, the no name reading series, at Zen’s Lounge (122 N. 11th Street, Lincoln). 

the no name reading series is free and open to the public and is run by the graduate students in the english department of the university of nebraska-lincoln. it aims to support the creative talent that comes out of the department by promoting that talent throughout the greater lincoln community. tonight’s reading features Daniel Nyikos and Gabe Houck. 

for more information on the no name reading series, email Marianne at: mkunkel@huskers.unl.edu, or Nima at: nimakian@hotmail.com

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Saturday, March 10th, 1 pm – at Sheldon Art Gallery, UNL: the state finals for 

Poetry OUT Loud 

— the national high school recitation contest —

Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition Results


The first regional competition was held at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney on Sunday, February 12. The event was emceed by Travis Hedge Coke, and judges included Jane Teply, Janet Rose, Bill Gilbreath and Lindsey Ring. Students from ten schools competed, and five were selected to advance to the state final competition. 


Mary Hawk, 12th grade, Ewing

Laura Phillips, 11th grade, Minatare

Carleigh Schuman, 11th grade, Parkview Christian

Adam Pasquinelly, 11th grade, St. Patrick’s

Russell Heitmann, 11th grade, Thayer Central


A 2nd regional competition was held on February 15 at the Norfolk Arts Center. Judges included Adam Peterson, Diane Blinn, Lonn Atwood and Jean Dederman. It was Emceed by Barbara Schmitz. Selected were:


Tyler Mares, 11th grade, Burwell

Elizabeth Rembert, 9th grade, Cedar Catholic

Grace Eliason, 10th grade, Skutt

 

The 3rd regional competition was held at 2pm Saturday, February 18 at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. Selected there were:


Ryan Segur, Grade 11, Brownell Talbot School, Omaha

Taylor Gillen, Grade 11, Lincoln Southeast H.S.

Sesly Lorincz, Grade 11, Wahoo H.S.

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Jake Kramer, a senior at Parkview Christian School and 2010’s first runner-up at state finals, 

won the 2011 state championship

His recitations of Dog” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, “The Cross of Snow” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and “The Listeners” by Walter De La Mare earned him the first place title.


the National Finals for Poetry OUT Loud 2012 will be held May 13-15, 2012, in Washington, DC

 see:  http://www.poetryoutloud.org/ for MORE

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Saturday, March 10th – — 7:30pm,

the OM Center Poetry Slam and open mic

(1216 Howard, Omaha).

It’s the longest-running slam in Omaha, often featuring some of the best performance poets in the nation.

THIS MONTH  – CHRIS AUGUST !! www.chrisaugustpoetry.com

 

Open mic starts at 7:30 followed by the slam; sign up BEFORE 7:30 as signup is limited and will only be allowed after 7:30 if less than 8 are in the slam.

Hosted by Matt Mason. $7 suggested donation. Call 345-5078 or go to OmahaSlam.com for more information.

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the Lincoln Irish Dancers 

– 15th Anniversary Weekend – live music by ROWAN

Saturday, March 10th – 6:30pm – at 1st Methodist, 50th & St Paul, Lincoln – dancing!! ($15)

Sunday, March 11th, 6:30pm – at AULD Rec Center, 33rd & A (Antelope Park ($10)

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Saturday, March 10th, 7pm —

At Drift Station Gallery, 1746 N St, Lincoln, NE. 

With Heather Christle and Justin Marks. 


Contact Trey Moody, treyemoody (at) yahoo (dot) com for more information.

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Sunday, March 11th, 9:30 to 10:30 A.M.- at 1st Methodist Church, 50th & St Paul, Lincoln — 

a Conversation with Irish poet 

Desmond Egan 

(free and open to the public)


Desmond Egan was born in Athlone, Co Westmeath in 1936. He founded the Goldsmith Press in 1972 and edited Era, the literary magazine. His collections include Midland (Newbridge, The Goldsmith Press, 1972, with drawings by Brian Bourke); Leaves (Goldsmith Pres,1974), with drawings by Charles Cullen); Siege! (Goldsmith Press, 1976); Woodcutter (Goldsmith Press, 1978);Athlone? (Goldsmith Press, 1980, with photographs by Fergus Bourke); Seeing Double (Goldsmith Press, 1983, with illustrations by Alex Sadkowsky);Collected Poems (Maine, National Poetry Foundation, 1983); Poems for Peace(1986); A Song for my Father (Goldsmith Press/The Kavanagh Press, UK Peterloo Poets, 1989); Selected Poems (Omaha, Creighton University Press.Selected and with an Inroduction by Hugh Kenner, 1992); Peninsula(Newbridge, The Kavanagh Press, 1992); Elegies (Goldsmith Press, 1996);Famine (Goldsmith Press, 1997); and Music (The Goldsmith Press, 2000). He has also published Medea (The Goldsmith Press, 1991); and a collection of essays, The Death of Metaphor (1990).


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Monday, March 12th, 7pm – Poetry at the Moon,

at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln: 


tonite, Christine Stewart-NuÑez

       & Phil WeitL


CHRISTINE STEWART-NUÑEZ received her PhD in English (creative writing) with a certificate of specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her MA in English (literature) from Arizona State University, and her BA in English Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She has taught high school English at Tempe High (Arizona) and Tarsus American College (Turkey) and college classes at Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. At UNL she received a 2007 College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Her creative writing reflects her interdisciplinary work in history, identity, gender, and place. In her poetry manuscript, Syllables Rising, she weaves travelistic poems of landscape and culture with lyrics that engage the speaker’s experiences living in Turkey. InThe Love of Unreal Things (Finishing Line Press 2005), tensions between human need and spiritual calling in the life of Catherine of Siena, a fourteenth-century Italian visionary, become touchstones. The iconic image of supermodel Kate Moss is the focal point of Unbound & Branded (Finishing Line Press 2006). A more recent collection, Postcards on Parchment, won the 2007 ABZ Poetry Contest (ABZ Press, 2008). Her most recent collection is Keeping Them Alive(WordTech Communications, 2010). She is currently working on a series of creative nonfiction essays. A book proposal for Women Write Resistance, an anthology of emerging and established American women poets who bear witness to and resist violence against women, is currently under review. Her poems and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Calyx, Arts and Letters, North American Review, Rattle, and Prairie Schooner, among other journals and magazines. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Women’s Studies Coordinator at South Dakota State University.


Philip Weitl is an Associate Professor of English and Director of The Writing Center at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. He teaches creative nonfiction and various other writing courses, for which he was named the 2010 Doane College Teacher of the Year. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska, as well as a Master of Arts in English and a Graduate Certificate in Technical and Professional Communication from Kansas State University. His writing has appeared in The Briar Cliff Review, The Flint Hills Review, the Georgetown Review, Jelly Bucket, Limestone, and Next Text, a college writing anthology. He is also a regular contributor to Nebraska Life.

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Tuesday, March 13th – 7pm – open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )

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Wednesday, March 14th – 8pm – at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st — open mike for poets and musicians

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Wednesday, March 14th, noon, at the Nebraska Arts Council, 10th & Farnham, OMAHA –

WEDNESDAY WORDS

with Allison Adele Hedge Coke —-

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, currently holds the Reynolds Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska and formerly held a National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at Hartwick College. Her five authored books include: Dog Road Woman (American Book Award), Wordcraft Writer of the Year for two Poetry volumes Off-Season City Pipe and Blood Run (verse-play); and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, an AIROS Book-of-the-Month memoir. Fiction publications include: American Fiction, Black Renaissance Noire, Florida Review, and Bombay Gin. Her play, Icicles, was a National Repertory Theater National Play Award First Finalist. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections. She is Oendat, French Canadian, Portuguese, Tsalagi, Irish, Scot, English, Metis and Creek descent and came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories. A 2011 Lannan Foundation Marfa Writing Resident, annual Weymouth Center Fellow, and UNL Great Plains Center Fellow, Hedge Coke directs the Literary Sandhill Cranefest and Reynolds Series, and is senior editor of Platte Valley Review.

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Wednesday, March 14th –6pm, Nebraska Wesleyan’s Spring Visiting Writers Series presents Writers and University of Chicago professors Suzanne Buffam and Srikanth Reddy in Elder Gallery (Rogers Center for Fine Arts, 50th St. and Huntington Ave., Wesleyan campus, Lincoln). 

Buffam is the author of Past Imperfect, which won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award in 2006, and The Irrationalist; and her poems have appeared in numerous journals in the U.S. and Canada. 

Reddy is the author of two books of poetry — Facts for Visitors, which received the Asian American Literary Award, and Voyager.

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Thursday, March 15th, 5:30pm, at Bailey Library, 2nd flr., Andrews Hall, UNL – poetry reading by Jan Beatty.

 


Jan Beatty’s latest book, Red Sugar, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and was a finalist for the 2009 Paterson Poetry Prize. Other books include Boneshaker (U. of Pgh. Press, 2002), finalist for the Milton Kessler Award, Mad River, winner of the 1994 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and a limited edition chapbook, Ravenous, winner of the 1995 State Street Prize. Beatty’s poetry has appeared in journals such as Quarterly West, Gulf Coast,Indiana Review, and Court Green, and in anthologies published by Oxford University Press, University of Illinois Press, and University of Iowa Press. Awards include the $15,000 Creative Achievement Award in Literature from the Heinz Foundation, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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Sunday, March 18th, — 2pm, the John H. Ames Reading Series Readings by Nebraska Authors in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors (3rd Floor, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th St., Lincoln, NE, 402-441-8516). 


This month features Paul Dickey. Dickey has written poetry, fiction, short non-fiction and plays. His latest book is titled They Say This Is How Death Came into the World, published in 2011. For more information, call 402-441-8516, emailheritage@lincolnlibraries.org.

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Monday, March 19th – 7pm 

Poetry at the Moon presents

Juanita Rice and Dave Hufford


Juanita recently moved back to Nebraska, after 30 years in California, and lives south of York, NE — she is professor emeritus from CSU Sacramento, and also studied drama at UC Berkeley … 

http://www.juanitarice.blogspot.com/

 

David Hufford: Although chiefly a poet, David Hufford has written songs and other lyrics, and is working on two different novels. He has recently finished a book of meditations for which he is seeking a publisher. His poetry publications include over one hundred poems in over ten periodicals and anthologies, such as “Haunted Flowers,” in the Cloverdale Review; “Dark Man Inside,” in Triton’s Ariel XIII—judged by poet Li-Young Lee; “Learning Steps,” in Full Circle XVI; and “For the Fathers in the Ice,” in Iowa Western Community College’s Backroads 19. His poem “Amber Flashback” received an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 2006 Annual Poetry Competition. He has also published a chapbook of poetry, On Winds of Rain: Distractions and Distances, David Hufford is also an active reader, performing hundreds of times in over 25 venues


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Tuesday, March 20th – 7pm – open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )

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Tuesday, March 20th — 7-8pm, 

Poetry Downtown On The Bricks 

at Book Ends Used and Collectible Books (2218 Central Ave., Kearney). 


Tonight features 2 poets. Admission is free to the public, but come early – we can only seat about 30 folks comfortably. Call Book Ends at 308-293-0031 or email bookends@rcom-ne.com.

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Wednesday, March 21st – 8pm – at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st — open mike for poets and musicians

 

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Monday, March 26th, 7pm – 

Poetry at the Moon

at Crescent Moon coffee, 8th & P sts


the newest magazine on the bookstands here in Lincoln, the

Lincoln Underground 

(edited by Amy Keller, consulting editor Jeff Martinson )

will have a reading tonite!


reading will be current and future contributors, and guests of the magazine


be here to welcome our newest pub in town!

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Tuesday, March 27th – 7pm – open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )

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Wednesday, March 28th – 8pm – at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st — open mike for poets and musicians

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March 28-30 “1862-2012: Making of the Great Plains” Symposium Lincoln, NE. 


In 1862, Congress passed four landmark pieces of legislation: the Homestead Act, the Morrill Act, the Pacific Railroad Act, and the act to establish the U.S. Department of Agriculture; it was also the year of the fateful Dakota Conflict. These acts and events fundamentally shaped the Great Plains as well as the nation. 


The 2012 Symposium at the University of Nebraska will examine their consequences for the society, culture, and commerce of the Great Plains. In conjunction with One Book One Nebraska. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Union, 14th and R Streets.

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Saturday, March 31st –

 NEBRASKA BOOK FEST!!! 

Join the Nebraska Center for the Book (NCB) for the 2012 Nebraska Book Festival, Saturday, March 31, at nuVibe Juice and Java, 126 North 14th Street, and the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North (15th and P Streets), in downtown Lincoln. This event is free and open to the public and will focus on Nebraska authors who published new works © 2011. Participating authors will answer questions from the audience, be available for book signings, and attend the concluding reception. The Nebraska Center for the Book will present the Mildred Bennett Award to an individual for significant contributions to fostering literary tradition in Nebraska. Joe Starita will discuss the 2012 One Book One Nebraska“I Am a Man:” Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice.

The keynote presentation will be offered by novelist Ron Hansen, author of A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion. Born in Omaha, Hansen earned his B.A. in English from Creighton University, M.F.A. in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and M.A. in Spirituality from Santa Clara University in California. He is the Gerard Manley Hopkins Professor of Arts and Humanities at Santa Clara, where he teaches writing and literature.

Readings, question and answer sessions, and book signings will highlight the following Nebraska writers:

  • Twyla Hansen, poet, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet
  • Neil Harrison, poet, Back in the Animal Kingdom
  • Allison Hedge Coke, poet and editor, Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas
  • David Philip Mullins, fiction, Greetings From Below
  • Frank O’Neal, poet, Fireside Chats: A Surrealist’s View of the World
  • Ferial Pearson and Omaha South High students, anthology of personal essays, In My Shoes: Teen Reflections on Hope and the Future
  • Amy Plettner, poet, Undoing Orion’s Belt
  • Rainbow Rowell, novelist and columnist, Attachments
  • Mark Sanders, poet, Conditions of Grace
  • Timothy Schaffert, novelist, The Coffins of Little Hope
  • Brent Spencer, creative non-fiction, Rattlesnake Daddy: A Son’s Search for His Father
  • Joe Starita, non-fiction, “I Am a Man:” Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice
  • William G. Thomas, non-fiction, The Iron Way: Railroads, the Civil War, and the Making of Modern America
  • William Trowbridge, poet, Ship of Fool

William Trowbridge and Lisa Knopp will lead free poetry and creative non-fiction writing workshops, with opportunities to discuss writing techniques, share experiences, and receive expert feedback. Trowbridge’s poetry explores the contemporary “Fool” with humor and reflection. Knopp’s What the River Carries includes essays about the Mississippi, Missouri and Platte rivers and contemplates how people experience landscape.

The festival will conclude with a reception at the Museum of Nebraska History and an evening of readings at nuVibe Juice and Java. Mark Sanders, co-editor for a Nebraska issue of “The Midwest Quarterly” in 2011, will arrange readings by some of the 66 Nebraska poets who were included in the issue. We invite you to join us March 31, 2012. The Nebraska Book Festival is supported byNebraska Center for the BookNebraska Humanities Council,Nebraska Library CommissionNebraska State Historical Society, and nuVibe Juice and Java. Keep up with the Festival atwww.facebook.com/NebraskaBookFestival.

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March 31 The Clean Part Reading Series 7 pm. Lincoln, NE. With Adam Clay, Ada Limón, and Michael Robins. 


Contact Trey Moody, treyemoody (at) yahoo (dot) com for more information. At Drift Station Gallery, 1746 N St.

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Monday, April 2nd, 7pm – Poetry at the Moon

TONITE:  

MEMBERS OF THE 

FIRST LINCOLN HIGH 

SLAM TEAM, !!!


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Tuesday, April 3rd –

Tuesdays with Writers 

presents

Marge Saiser, Lucy Adkins, and Pam Barger

MARJORIE SAISER is a poet living in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received an MA in creative writing at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln, winning the Vreelands Award and the Academy of American Poets competition. Her work has been published in literary journals including Prairie Schooner, Georgia Review, Zone 3, CrazyHorse, and Cream City Review. Her poems have been finalists for the Robert Penn Warren Prize, the New Letters Literary Awards, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a 2000 recipient of the Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council and in 1999 received the Literary Heritage Award from the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. Saiser is a speaker for the Nebraska Humanities Council. Her first full-length collection, Bones of a Very Fine Hand, won the Nebraska Book Award for poetry in 2000. Her second book, Lost in Seward County, was published in 2001 by Backwaters Press, 3502 N 52nd St, Omaha, NE 68104, and is available there or from Lee Booksellers 888-665-0999. She is co-editor ofTimes of Sorrow, Times of Grace (Backwaters Press, 2002), an anthology of poetry and prose by women of the Great Plains, which was named Poetry Honor Book in 2003 by the Nebraska Center for the Book, and also co-editor of a book of interviews, Road Trip: Conversations with Writers (Backwaters Press, 2003). Her most recent collection is Beside You at the Stoplight (The Backwaters Press, 2010)

LUCY ADKINS grew up on a farm in Nance County, Nebraska, attended country schools, the University of Nebraska, and received her bachelors degree at Auburn University in Alabama. Her poetry has been published in journals which include Owen Wister Review, Nebraska Territory, Plainsongs, Potpourri, Northeast, South Dakota Review, and the anthologies Woven on the Wind (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace (The Backwaters Press, 2002), The Poets Against the War, edited by Sam Hamill (2003), and Crazy Woman Creek. Lucy lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she works at an insurance company and besides writing, spends a great deal of time on hands and knees in her garden.

A Lincolnite, Pam Barger holds a degree in music from UNL. She is a poet, a piano teacher, and a musician. Her work has appeared in Platte Valley Review, Nebraska Territory, West Branch, Weber Studies: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Journal and other publications as well. She is working on several projects; the first is a book for middle and high school music students called (at least for now) You Can Have Music AND a Life and the second is the revision of a poetry manuscript entitled This Deliberate Theft of Silence. Because she really enjoys both writing and music, Pam finds that music is a recurring theme in her writing. She also has published a book of poetry, “The Pinball God Let Fly”
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Wednesday, April 4th , 2012 – noon…

LUNCH at the Library: 4th floor, Bennett Martin Library, 14th & N sts, Lincoln
today: Ricardo Garcia – Spinning Tall TALES

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Wednesday, April 4th – 3:30 pm, at the Great Plains Art Museum, 12th & Q sts, Lincoln:

– talk by author Nina Baym


Nina Baym (born 1936)[1] is an American literary critic and literary historian. She was professor of English at theUniversity of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign between 1963 and 2004.

Before her retirement at the University of Illinois Baym was a Swanlund Endowed Chair, a Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts & Sciences and a Center of Advanced Study Professor of English. Her work in US literary criticism and history is widely credited with expanding the field to include women writers while taking the focus off “great” writers according to a supposed unchanging value judgment and placing it instead on the dynamics of literary professionalism. She is the author or editor of a number of groundbreaking works of American literary history and criticism, beginning with Woman’s Fiction(Cornell, 1978), and including Feminism and American Literary History (Rutgers, 1992), American Women Writers and the Work of History (Rutgers, 1995), and “American Women of Letters and the Nineteenth-Century Sciences” (Rutgers, 2004). She is also the author of scores of articles, reviews, and essays including “Melodramas of Beset Manhood: How Theories of American Fiction Exclude Women Authors” (American Quarterly 1981). Elaine Showalter has called Baym’s new (2011) Women Writers of the American West, 1833-1927 (University of Illinois Press), “the first comprehensive guide to women’s writing in the old West,” an immediately “standard and classic text.”[2] This book uncovers and describes the western-themed writing in diverse genres of almost 350 American women, most of them unknown today but many of them successful and influential in their own time. Since 1991 Baym has served as General Editor of the Norton Anthology of American Literature.[3]


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Monday, April 9th, 7pm – 

Poetry at the Moon

tonite: Barbara Salvatore

In Barbara’s collection, Other People’s Ghosts, are all dreams; very vivid dreams, where the author is not herself, but occupies the body of a complete stranger. Until recently, Barbara thought everyone had dreams like this. The stories are brief dramas and glimpses, sometimes only surreal snapshots, into Other People’s lives.

Barbara Salvatore Klopping is owner of Beyond Design Inc., a company that specializes in fabrication services for Broadway, film, museums, the art and architectural markets. (www.beyonddesigninc.com ) She lives on an old dairy farm in Walton, New York, with her family, and a team of Percheron horses, small pet menagerie and large herb garden. She has a studio in Nebraska, where research and many illustrations for her books are done. Barbara holds a BFA in Painting from the School of Visual Arts and has extensively studied writing, theater, herbs and horses. She’s had pieces published in Small Farm Journal, United Plant Savers News, and the collective Ithaca Remembers. She is Founder and Editor of Who Knew? The Catskill Literary Magazine, with its premier issue due Summer 2010. Her novel, Big Horse Woman, was a Finalist in the 2009 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest.


and, a note on the Saivus Blog: 

Barbara Salvatore Klopping – who for the past 8 years has been writing a fiction book on a Ponca woman entitled “Big Horse Woman” – moved over 1,000 miles from New York to Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband and children primarily to enroll in Omaha Language I at the University of Nebraska, to ensure she uses the highly related Ponca language accurately in her novels. Her dedication was praised by her professor, Mark Awakuni-Swetland, and the Director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, Judi Morgan gaiashkibos (Ponca).

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Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 — 7pm, The Great Plains Writers Tour at Mount Marty College presents George Bilgere at Marian Auditorium (Mt. Marty campus, Yankton, SD). Bilgere’s most recent book of poetry is The White Museum, selected in 2010 for the Autumn House Poetry Series. His other books include Haywire (winner of the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006) and The Good Kiss (chosen by U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins to win the University of Akron Poetry Prize in 2001). “In the house of contemporary poetry,” said Collins, “The Good Kiss is a breath of fresh American air.”

 

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Thursday, April 12th – 7:30pm

at Meadowlark Coffee 

16th and South sts, Lincoln 


Lincoln SLAMS!! 

– hosted by Oracle Jones and Ryley G

this month: FEATURE SLAMMER: 

Sean Patrick Mulroy

of Virginia and points east


A gifted writer and an accomplished performer, 
Sean Patrick Mulroy (aka Sean Patrick Conlon) is a dedicated student of literature and a firm believer in the power of the oral tradition. Born and raised in Southern Virginia, the house where Sean Patrick Mulroy grew up was built in 1801 and was commandeered by the union army during the civil war to serve as a makeshift hospital. As a boy, Sean loved to peel back the carpets to show where the blood from hasty surgeries on wounded soldiers had stained the wooden floorboards. Now he writes poems.

Sean is the author of “The Pornography Diaries,” a poetic study of love and sex as seen through the lens of media study and film analysis. He also stars in a one-man show of the same name, combining original rock music and the poems from the book in a critically acclaimed multimedia tour-de-force.

He has toured extensively in North America, participated in 6 national spoken-word competitions, written and recorded 3 albums of music, and has released over 10 chapbooks of original poetry. Sean has been published in both online and print journals, and has featured at literary festivals for universities and arts organizations all over the United States. A constant traveler, Sean has no address, but is spending a lot of time in both Massachusetts and New York while completing 3 manuscripts.

http://www.thevanishingman.com/calendar/
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2012 Wine, Writers and Song Weekend,
April 13, 14 and 15…

features the River of Words Workshopand 


the 1 pm Sunday Free Range Reading at the Lyceum Bookstore, 1pm til 4pm, with 12 writers from around Nebraska!!


plus other events yet to be announced.


Sherrie Flick will be this year’s workshop instructor for the 
Writers’ Workshop, River of WordsApril 13, 14 and 15, 2012. 


Prepare to sweep away any blocks you may have experienced as we spend the weekend generating new work. Guided by the Missouri River to our east, we will get in the flow and use a variety of tools and techniques to banish the inner critic and write. Our goal will be to head home with many pages of fresh material, newly forged connections with our fellow writers, and a few new strategies to add to our writing practice.

Sherrie Flick published her debut novel, Reconsidering Happiness, with University of Nebraska Press as part of their Flyover Fiction series in September 2009. She is also author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume Press, 2004). Anthologies include Sudden Fiction (Norton, 2007) and Flash Fiction Forward (Norton, 2006), as well as Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Minuscule Fiction (MAMMOTH Press, 2003) and You Have Time for This (Ooligan Press, 2007).

Her essay “Flash in a Pan” appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, 2009. Her fiction has appeared in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, Quarterly West, Puerto del Sol, Quick Fiction, and Freight Stories, among others.

Flick has received artist residencies from the Ucross Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, as well as a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from Sewanee Writers’ Conference. In 2005, she was honored as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 under 40.” In 2007, she received an individual artist fellowship from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She teaches graduate students at Chatham University and undergraduate classes at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. Sherrie has also taught interdisciplinary writing workshops in many arts institutions, including Carnegie Museum of Art and Silver Eye Center for Photography.

She often helps curate literary programs in alternative settings, such as Wood-Fired Words with UnSmoke Systems in Braddock, Pa. and isReads Pittsburgh. Flick is artistic director and co-founder of the Gist Street Reading Series, now in its tenth year. Gist Street is a literary reading series focusing on national and local poets and prose writers publishing their first or second books. She is also a freelance writer and editor.
She lives in Pittsburgh, where she likes to garden and cook.

The Wine, Writers and Song Weekend is a weekend writing workshop for 15 participants. There are 13 residential openings for $150 and two non-residential openings for $80. 


NOTE: There is an online PayPal option

The Residential Workshop includes: 2 nights’ lodging at the Brownville Village Theatre Actors’ Residence, meals, writing sessions, the opportunity to read your work to a supportive audience at the Writers’ Workshop Open House on Sunday morning, evening events, and the chance to meet and hang out with some really great people. The Workshop Instructor will spend the weekend at the Brownville Village Theatre’s Actors’ Residence as well.

Residential Workshop participation is limited to 13. Cost for this package is $150.

The Non-Residential Workshop includes all the above except breakfast and lodging. There are Non-Residential Workshop spots. Cost for this package is $80 including lunch and dinner.

Registration for the Weekend Writers’ Workshop – both packages – is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis after January 1, 2012.

If you’re interested in participating – or if you have questions – please contact Nora Tallmon, WWS Weekend Director, at nora.tallmon@gmail.com or call her at 402-825-3992.

This year the ‘festival’ has been converted to a weekend that focuses on you. 

There will still be the popular Free Range Readings on Sunday–hosted by Rex Walton and Jane Smith, the Workshop open house on Sunday and evening get-togethers. The large roster of events and author presentations has been changed to one that will allow you to stay focused on your writing and rejuvenate your writer’s spirit.

 


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Sunday, April 15th,  2pm, the John H. Ames Reading Series Readings by Nebraska Authors in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors (3rd Floor, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 South 14th St., Lincoln, NE, 402-441-8516). This month features Mary Helen Stefaniak. A writer of fiction and essays with degrees from Marquette University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Stefaniak’s books include The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010), The Turk and My Mother and Self Storage and Other Stories. For more information, call 402-441-8516, email heritage@lincolnlibraries.org.
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Monday, April 16th – 7pm:

Poetry at the Moon 

presents

members of the Literary League of UNL...

The Literary League – formerly known as the Undergraduate English Organization – is comprised of and open to any UNL student interested in reading, writing, joining an RSO/becoming more involved on campus, interacting with others with similar interests, looking for distinguishing additions to one’s curriculum vitae, meeting new people, going to English-related events, and having a grand old time with the field of English in general. Some events we have hosted include philanthropic book drives, class reviews, guest speakers such as Pulitzer prize winner Ted Kooser, poetry slams, movies, and much more. Our meetings are held once a month, and food is always provided. One need not be an English major, or even an English minor, to join. More information available by joining the Lit. League Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/groups/litleague/) and via e-mail (literaryleague@unl.edu). Join us on Facebook and get connected today!

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April 15th thru 22nd:


preliminary bouts and Finals! Details TBA. Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha is a poetry slam featuring teams from 12 area high schools competing with their words.
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Wednesday, April 18th, Thursday, April 19th  – Prairie Schooner Visiting Writer: Nikola Madzirov 
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Wednesday, April 18th – — 4:30-8pm, 

Lied Center Teacher Workshops 

        presents 

“Poetry Off The Page” 

led by Glenis Redmond 

at the Lied Center (301 N 12th Street, Lincoln). 


Some believe that poetry should not only be written and read, but also performed. Participants examine ways to involve students in memorizing and performing their poems to further communicate the written word with appropriate voice projection, physical stance and gesture. 


Glenis Redmond is an award-winning performance poet, praise poet, educator and writer from North Carolina. Curriculum Connections: Drama/Theater, Language Arts, Literature/Poetry, History/Social Studies. 


Registration deadline is Monday, April 16. Questions? Call 402/472-4747 or 800/432-3231.…………………………………….


Monday, April 23rd, at 7pm:

Poetry at the Moon 

presents

UNL’s Stacey Waite, and Scott Douglas!!

 


STACEY WAITE is a poet originally from New York and received a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. She is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska. Stacey has published three collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize in Poetry), Love Poem to Androgyny (winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition), and the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press). Stacey’s individual poems have been published most recently in Bloom, Cream City Review, The Rattling Wall, Black Warrior Review, and The Pinch. Stacey will have a new collection of poems entitled Butch Geography forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2012.

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Monday, April 30th, 7pm  – 

Poetry at the Moon

presents

R F McEwen :

professor, poet, arborist, from Chadron, NE




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May 5 Cinco de Mayo! Poetry of Place Lincoln, NE. At the State Capitol Building.

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May 12 Chief Standing Bear Breakfast 9 am. Omaha, NE. Discussion of “I Am a Man” : Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice. This annual event honors and celebrates Chief Standing Bear’s enduring message of “Equality before the Law” on the 133rd Anniversary of the Standing Bear v Crook decision. At The Hilton Hotel, 1001 Cass St.


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May 20 – 25 Chautauqua: “Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America” Beatrice, NE. In conjunction with the kick-off of a year of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Homestead Act. Kick-off event and nightly programs. Workshops for children and adults along with other activities will be held during the day throughout Chautauqua week. Sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and hosted by the community of Beatrice and the Homestead National Monument.

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May 26 57th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference Red Cloud, NE. “Willa Cather, Poet: Making Herself Born”: The 57th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference and the one-day scholarly symposium preceding it will be focused on Cather the poet, on poetry, and on today’s poets from the Great Plains region. Sponsored by the Willa Cather Foundation.

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May 26 – June 2 Great Plains Theatre Conference Red Cloud, NE. Offers playwrights the opportunity to interact with, and have their work seen by top writers, directors, and actors from around the country. In addition, playwrights will be able to work directly with these professionals in hands on writing and industry workshops. Playwrights will also participate in daily panel discussions and have tickets to evening performances with master playwrights and theatre practitioners.

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May 30–June 2, 2012 (Chadron State College Chadron, Neb.)

The Mari Sandoz Heritage Society is hosting a two-day workshop for writers of poetry, fiction and non-fiction from May 30-June 1, 2012 on the Chadron State College campus. Writers of all levels, ages 16 and up, are invited to attend. This is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring writers to gain insight from noted authors. Participants have a chance to learn from and discuss writing with established authors in an intimate, casual environment.

Classes are offered on these genres:

  • Poetry (Performance & Spoken Word)
    Instructor: Jovan Mays
  • Poetry (Contemporary Verse)
    Instructor: R.F. McEwen
  • Fiction (Fantasy & Science Fiction)
    Instructor: Milton Wolf
  • Fiction (General Fiction)
    Instructor: Sean Doolittle
  • Revising Your Writing
    Instructor: Linda M. Hasselstrom
  • Prose II (TBA)
    Instructor: Poe Ballantine

Registration deadline is
May 7, 2012

Early registration is advised. Each workshop category is limited to 12 participants.

Email to see if there is class availability.

Participants register for one workshop; which will take place in four sessions over two days. All classes are held at Chadron State College. Field trips will take place at Fort Robinson State Park, Chadron State Park, Museum of the Fur Trade or the Fort Robinson Playhouse for theater productions. Additional writing excursions may be arranged, as well as nature hikes or writing retreats. Each workshop is led by published authors and writing professionals and sessions are open to all aspiring writers.

WRITING FESTIVAL

On Saturday, June 2, a festival, open to the workshop attendees and the public, will be held on at the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center in Chadron, Neb. The festival will include readings from workshop participants, talks by authors, publishers and others associated with writing.

 


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May 31, June 1 & 2 57th Annual Willa Cather Spring Conference Red Cloud, NE. “Willa Cather, Poet: Making Herself Born”: The 57th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference and the one-day scholarly symposium preceding it will be focused on Cather the poet, on poetry, and on today’s poets from the Great Plains region. Sponsored by the Willa Cather Foundation.

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June & July “Journey Stories” exhibit Kearney, NE. A Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. At the Trails and Rails Museum, 710 West 11th Street.
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June 4 – 8 Red Cloud: Willa Cather’s Window to the WorldRed Cloud, NE. A Road Scholar Program.
June 15 – 17 Homestead Days Beatrice, NE. “150 Years…Pursuing American Dreams”
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June 9th thru June 15th – 

the 2012 

 


The conference is part of the creative writing program within the English Department at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The university has a rich literary history that could be said to have begun with Willa Cather (a student of the university) and continues to this day with esteemed projects such as the journal Prairie Schooner and, of course, the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference which has brought in Pulitzer winners, National Book Award winners, and best-selling authors. 


2012 faculty includes emily danforth, Meghan Daum, Kwame Dawes, Dave Madden, Lee Martin, Michelle Tea, & more. Sign up for the newsletter for updates.


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July 15 One Book One Nebraska Book Discussion with Speaker Dwight Howe Time TBA. Ponca, NE. Dwight Howe, a member of the Ponca Tribe, will be the guest speaker, in tribal regalia. A meal will be included. Hosted by Friends of Ponca Carnegie Library. Contact Beth Foulks, poncalib (at) gpcom.net, for more information. At Ponca State Park Resource Center.
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July 28 Norfolk Public Library Literature Festival 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Norfolk, NE. For literature lovers of all ages. Featuring Lisa Wheeler, Sharon Draper, April Henry. Contact Karen Drevo at 402-844-2108, kdrevo (at) ci.norfolk.ne.us for more information. At Northeast Community College.


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Rex Walton
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live in Lincoln, NE, and manage a weekly reading series at Crescent Moon Coffee
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