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Fw: Wrex's Wreading Gnus for March 31 - NaPoWrMO! (National Poetry (Writing) Month is here!; Writers Workshop at Crescent Moon Monday: Chaparral Poets at Tuesdays With Writers Tuesday

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  • Susan Donahue
    ... Hot NEWS!! Bill Kloefkorn will have a new Lincoln school named for him!  Thanks to John Des Marais for the idea, and all of you for contacting your
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2011
      --- On Thu, 3/31/11, Rex Walton <rexwalton@...> wrote:

      Hot NEWS!!
      Bill Kloefkorn will have a new Lincoln school named for him!  Thanks to John
      Des Marais for the idea, and all of you for contacting your Lincoln school
      board to get behind our nomination!

      and, April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH! - Get out there and WRITE, READ,

      helpful links:
      Matt Mason's Poetry Menu:
      The Nebraska Poetry Menu at www.poetrymenu.com

      Brett Spencer's Nebraska Center for Writers:

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

      Nebraska Center for the Book:

      Reynolds Series 2011, UN - Kearney :

      Nebraska Poets Calendar 2012: poets deadline April 30th, 2011, and artists'
      deadline June 2011 see for updates, questions:


      LISTEN UP!!
      Friday, April 1st , 9 am - on Live at the Mill, NE Public Radio:
      2011 NE Poets Calendar readings - editor Sarah Fairchild, writers Mary K
      Stillwell, and Matt Mason --
      Friday, April 1st
      the no name reading series- 4pm, at Zen's Lounge, 14th & O sts

      graduate English student reading - today, Kate Kostelnik & John Schulz

      http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=7814242326 )

      Monday, April 4th- 7pm - Poetry at the Moon presents
      the writing group Writers Workshop, from the F Street Rec Center, Lincoln

      join Terry Oberst, group captain, and many of the writers from the workshop.

      Writers Workshop meets, usually, the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 5pm, at the F
      Street Center, 13th & F, Lincoln - email terry at terranceoberst@...
      for more info
      reading is at Crescent Moon Coffee, 140 N 8th, lower level, Lincoln.
      for more info, contact Rex at rexwalton@...

      Tuesdays With Writers
      Welcomes the Chaparral Poets on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at the South Mill
      from 7-8 p.m.
      We will roll out the yellow brick road for Kirk Brown, Marilyn Dorf, Beth
      Franz, Anna Jamrog, Charlene Neely, Steve Nickel, and Linda Stringham.
      Rumor has it that Charlene will also sing opera, Anna will audition for the
      poetry version of “American Idol”, Kirk will belly dance, Steve will do a
      back handspring, Marilyn will bring a live owl for show and tell, Beth will
      knock our buttons off and Linda will shake our bones like we’ve never shaken
      bones before.
      There will be a poetry prompt to celebrate April as National Poetry Month
      and open microphone afterward.
      What say you? from Deborah T. McGinn


      Australian writer Mark Tredinnick will talk about environmental writing
      April 5 and 6 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
      UNL's Department of English will sponsor the first lecture at 3:30 p.m.
      April 5 in Bailey Library, 228 Andrews Hall, 14th and T streets.
      Tredinnick's talk, "The Craft of Environmental Writing," will be of interest
      to creative-writing students.
      The Plains Humanities Alliance will sponsor the second lecture at 3 p.m.
      April 6 in the Great Plains Art Museum, Hewit Place, 1155 Q St. The lecture,
      "From the Blue Plateau to the Great Plains: Sensing Place in Environmental
      Writing," will focus on the relationship between local "sense of" literature
      and global environmental awareness.
      Both presentations are free and open to the public. Tredinnick, who is on a
      reading tour of the United States and Canada this spring, also will give
      talks and readings in several UNL classes.
      Tredinnick wrote "The Blue Plateau: A Landscape Memoir," which won the
      Queensland Premier's Literary Award and was shortlisted for both the Prime
      Minister's Literary Award and the Australian Capital Territory Book of the
      Year prize. Most recently he has published his first collection of poetry,
      "Fire Diary."

      Lunch at the Library - noon, 4th floor Bennett Martin Library, 14th & N sts,

      Wednesday, April 6, 2011
      Marilyn Dorf:
      Poet, NLHA Author Member
      This Red Hill
      Wednesday, April 6th - 8pm, at 1122 D st - POET, SHOW IT

      music, poetry, come listen, and/or join in!!! Trav & Joe & company bring
      this fine time


      All events at:
      Mahoney State Park, Main Lodge, Upper Level Meeting Rooms
      Note: Nebraska State Park Entry Permit
      or $4.00 Daily Pass is required at the gate.
      Friday Events, April 8
      5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Reception, Member readings (Sign up at door),
      Free hors d'oeuvres, Wine and Soft Drinks
      Saturday Events, April 9
      8:00 AM - Registration
      8:30 AM - Welcome and Announcements
      8:45 AM – Mary Colgan, Editor, Chronicle Books
      "Publishers, Editors & Industry Overview"
      9:45 AM - Break
      10:00 AM – Terry Burns, Literary Agent, Hartline Agency
      “Surviving Your Way to Publication” – Q & A format
      11:00 AM – Alex Kava, best-selling Mystery Author
      “Getting Published, Staying Published, Still Loving It”
      12:00 PM - Lunch on Own (Lodge restaurant available)
      1:30 PM - Business Meeting
      2:15 PM – Break
      2:30 PM - Choose a Hands-On Workshop
      Professional: "Synopsis Writing” Sally Walker
      Fiction: “Brainstorming YOUR Career” Alex Kava
      General: “How Good Critiquing Works” Ann Pullum
      Editor-Agent Appointments: NWG members only
      Pre-registration for appointments REQUIRED. Send to
      Connie by April 1 for a spot & prepatory material.
      4:00 PM - Evaluations, Door Prize Drawing, Closing
      Saturday Evening Gathering, 7pm-10pm, in same Lodge meeting
      rooms for socializing with the speakers and one another.
      Sunday Morning Displays, 9am-noon, in same Lodge meeting rooms.
      Besides several genre tables there will be American Pen Women,
      Screenwriters, Poetry Gathering, law enforcement history, Civil War
      re-enactors, a professional costumer, a forensics specialist & a
      Members $55
      Students $25
      Non-Members $65
      All after April $65
      Checks to : Nebraska Writers Guild
      Mail to: Connie Crow
      3823 Coffey Ave.
      Bellevue, NE 68123


      Saturday, April 9th - the NEW Clean Part Reading Series:
      at The Drift Station Gallery (18th & N sts) 7 pm ---
      with Michael Earl Craig and Christian Hawkey as readers.

      Wednesday, April 13th - 7-8pm, the NECC Visiting Writers series presents
      poet M.L. Liebler in Hawk’s Landing (Northeast Community College, Norfolk).
      Liebler is the author of 13 books, he recently won the Barnes & Noble/Poets
      & Writers 2010 Writers for Writers Award.

      APRIL 28th in OMAHA
      The highly acclaimed writer and current U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin will
      make a special appearance in Omaha, Nebraska at the Joslyn Art Museum in the
      Witherspoon Concert Hall beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th. The
      event is free of charge and open to the public.
      During the hour-long event, the writer will read from his works and engage
      in a question and answer session with the audience. Mr. Merwin's appearance
      is made possible by the Joslyn Art Museum, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska
      Humanities Council and private sponsorship.
      W.S. Merwin
      United States Poet Laureate 2010-2011 & Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet,
      Essayist & Translator
      In a career spanning five decades, W.S. Merwin, poet, translator, and
      environmental activist, has become one of the most widely read - and
      imitated - poets in America. The son of a Presbyterian minister, for whom he
      began writing hymns at the age of five, Merwin went to Europe as a young man
      and developed a love of languages that led to work as a literary translator.
      Over the years, his poetic voice has moved from the more formal and
      medieval-influenced somewhat by Robert Graves and the medieval poetry he was
      then translating - to a more distinctly American voice, following his two
      years in Boston where he got to know Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Ted
      Hughes, Adrienne Rich, and Donald Hall, all of whom were breaking out of the
      rhetoric of the 1950s. W.S. Merwin's recent poetry is perhaps his most
      personal, arising from his deeply held beliefs. He is not only profoundly
      anti-imperialist, pacifist, and environmentalist, but also possessed by an
      intimate feeling for landscape and language and the ways in which land and
      language interflow. His latest poems are densely imagistic and full of an
      intimate awareness of the natural world.
      His first book, A Mask for Janus, was chosen by W.H. Auden in 1952 for the
      Yale Younger Poets series. His book of poems The Carrier of Ladders was
      awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. His other books of poems include The
      Drunk in the Furnace, The Moving Target, The Lice, Flower & Hand, The
      Compass Flower, Feathers from the Hill, Opening the Hand, The Rain in the
      Trees, Travels, The Vixen, The Lost Upland, Unframed Originals, The Folding
      Cliffs, The River Sound, The Pupil, a translation of Dante's Purgatorio and
      his critically-lauded translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. His
      prose includes The Mays of Ventadorn, as part of the National Geographic
      Directions series, The Ends of the Earth (essays), and a memoir entitled
      Summer Doorways (Shoemaker & Hoard). Recent reissues of his books include
      The First Four Books of Poems, Spanish Ballads (Copper Canyon Press), his
      translations of Jean Follain's poemsTransparence of the World, and Antonio
      Porchia's Voices, as well as The Book of Fables (Copper Canyon), a reissue
      of two previously published books The Miner's Pale Children and Houses &
      Travelers. His most recent poetry collections includePresent Company (Copper
      Canyon), which won the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry,
      Migration: Selected Poems 1951-2001 (Copper Canyon), which won the National
      Book Award, and The Shadow of Sirius (Copper Canyon), which was awarded the
      Pulitzer Prize (his second Pulitzer).
      In 1999, W.S. Merwin was named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress
      for a jointly-held position along with poets Rita Dove and Louise Glück. He
      has been honored as laureate of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival in
      Macedonia, receiving the international poetry award, the Golden Wreath
      Award. In the fall of 2004, Merwin received the 2004 Lannan Lifetime
      Achievement Award. Included in his numerous awards are the Pulitzer Prize
      (twice), the National Book Award, the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize,
      and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In July 2010, William Merwin was appointed
      United States Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress. He lives, writes,
      and gardens in Hawaii, on the island of Maui. He has spent the last 30 years
      planting 19 acres with over 800 species of palm, creating a sustainable
      forest - the property has recently been turned into a conservancy, the
      Merwin Conservancy.
      Visit the Merwin Conservancy ( http://www.merwinconservancy.org )
      For more information about the event, please contact J.D. Hutton at the
      Nebraska Arts Council, jayne.hutton@..., (402) 595-2142.


      Cultivating Creativity
      Nebraska Center for the Book 2011 Nebraska Book Festival:
      May 21, 2011—1:00 to 6:30 p.m.
      at Nebraska State Historical Society’s Nebraska History Museum, 131
      Centennial Mall North, Lincoln. The festival, Cultivating Creativity, will
      again be dedicated to honoring Nebraska writers and will focus on the rich
      literary offerings of Nebraska.
      Nebraska authors with books published in 2010 have been invited to read from
      their work and Writers’ Workshops will be made available free of charge. The
      workshops will be led by Timothy Schaffert, Jim Reese, and Matt Mason/Dwaine
      Spieker/Jeff Lacey.
      Workshop registration will be available in March
      A highlight of the festival will be the keynote panel, led by Ted Kooser,
      Nebraska’s own Former Poet Laureate of the United States (2004-2006). The
      panel will highlight Nebraska’s 2011 One Book One Nebraska, Local Wonders:
      Seasons in the Bohemian Alps, with a focus on how this rich non-fiction
      description of the place Kooser calls home in the rolling hills of
      southeastern Nebraska has evolved into a musical theatre production.
      Confirmed Nebraska writers who will read from their ©2010 work include:
      Ted Kooser, Bag in the Wind
      James Solheim, Born Yesterday: The Diary of a Young Journalist
      Greg Kosmicki, New Route in the Dream
      Sue Bauman, (writing as Laura Landon) Shattered Dreams and When love is
      Jim Reese, Ghost on 3rd
      Mary Helen Stefaniak, The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia
      Others to be announced
      Plans for additional readings, Writers’ Workshops, and other activities are
      in the works. This event promises to be another great day that motivates
      Nebraska readers, writers, teachers, and learners to come together to hear
      about and talk about the most recent work of a variety of Nebraska writers.
      We invite you to save the date: May 21, 2011. The Nebraska Book Festival is
      supported by the Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Center for the Book,
      Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Library Commission, and the Nebraska
      State Historical Society, and is offered for Nebraska readers and writers
      free of charge.
      NOTE: Keep up with the Festival at http://bookfestival.nebraska.gov and

      Rex Walton

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