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Fw: Wrex's Wreading Gnus: Poetry at the Moon, Monday, January 30th : Allison Hedge Coke, UN-Kearney professor ; Poetry at the Moon, Monday February 6th: Lois Lewandowski.

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  • Susan Donahue
    HOT NEWS:  GOOD News from the Creative Writing dept. of Lincoln high School (Deborah McGinn):Scribe 2012 , the literary magazine of Lincoln High School since
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 30, 2012


      HOT NEWS: 


      GOOD News from the Creative Writing dept. of Lincoln high School (Deborah McGinn):

      Scribe 2012 , the literary magazine of Lincoln High School since 1930 has won for the second year in a row, the National Council of Teachers of English Highest Superior Award. A total of 391 schools entered their magazines and 96 were considered. The editorial squad, as they choose to be called, are very proud of themselves. Our shirts this year are cardinal red with white letters classy and spiffy.

      In addition, I am trying to get a slam poetry team started at Lincoln High. Matt Mason and Andrew Ek have masterminded the plan and organized it well. There is a superb documentary I encourage you to see called “Louder Than a Bomb”  Google Adam “Poet Breathe” from “Louder Than a Bomb” and watch this kid perform with passion you have never seen before. Google “Counting Graves” from the same source to see the power of a four-person ensemble. This documentary has our kids on fire with inspiration to compose. 

      This event will be Nebraska’s first, originating in Chicago, and LHS will be the only Lincoln team to compete in “Louder Than a Bomb” (the contest name) in Omaha this April. The professional coach assigned to Lincoln High is Dominique Garay and I am excited to work with him. Dom and I will strategize after school one day a week with kids. During the week I will have them writing so they are competent on the page and Dom will come to help shape the performance aspect. We will not be a team of yelling nonsense, but a team of writing and revising so our original pieces sing figurative language from metaphor to sharp details with a story and message. We have diverse voices and authentic tales, full of rich experience.


      Let's cheer on the LHS Slam Team!!!

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      The nation's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers is recognizing Kwame Dawes, professor of English and Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, for his commitment to his fellow writers. 

      New York-based Poets & Writers has named Dawes as a recipient of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. The award recognizes writers who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community.

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      Pictures, Pictures:


      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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      Monday, January 30th, 2pm

      the Prairie Schooner Book Prize Q & A

      at Andrews Hall, Bailey Library (2nd Flr)

      speaking will be 

      Shane Book, James Crews, and Greg Hrbek

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      Monday, January 30th, 7pm: Poetry at the Moon presents

       

      Allison HedgeCoke


      Allison Adelle HedgeCoke authored books include: Dog Road Woman and Off-Season City Pipe poetry; Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, a memoir; and Blood Run, a verse-play. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections, including: Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas, Effigies, and the soon to be released Effigies II. She has been awarded fellowships/residencies with Lannan Foundation, Weymouth Center for the Arts, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Hawthornden Castle, MacDowell Colony, Great Plains Center, and her honors include an American Book Award, two endowed chairs, and several literary and arts grants. She is a poet, writer, performer, editor, and activist. She came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories.

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      Tuesday, January 31st:

      the Prairie Schooner Book Prize reading at Andersen Hall, Rm 15, 8pm:
      Shane Book, Greg Hrbek, and James Crews
       -- Prairie Schooner Book Prize-winning authors -- will read from their works of fiction and poetry in collaboration with UNL's photography and dance departments. Free and open to the public.

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      Tuesday, January 31st - 7pm - open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )

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      Wednesday, February 1st - 8pm - at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st -- open mike for poets and musicians

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      Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - noon...
      LUNCH at the Library
      : 4th floor, Bennett Martin Library, 14th & N sts, Lincoln
      today: Pat Leach: Director, Lincoln City Libraries: 
      speaking on "Notable Books."

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      Wednesday, February 1st -- 6-8pm, Naked Words Open Mike at the Soul Desires (1026 Jackson Street, Omaha). Poetry, Frivolty, the Occasional Pop-Tart. This edition of Naked Words will be on the very neat and symmetrical date of 2/1/12. So if you need a prompt: symmetrical or asymmetrical. Also, since it's Feb., bring bad and funny love poems. Best bad or funny poem wins a prize! Hosted by Heidi Hermanson, email prairie.sky (at) gmail.com for more information. 

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      Wednesday, February 1st, 8pm til -? -- POET-Show IT - at 1122D St, Lincoln::: Join Travis and Joe for fun, music, poetry, frivolity ...

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      Friday, February 3rd -- 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 Sarah Chavez and Casey Pycior


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

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      Friday, February 3rd -- 7pm, the Nebraska Writers Collective presents a showing of Louder Than a Bomb with Louder Than a Bomb co-founder, poet Kevin Coval, and one of the student stars, Lamar Jorden at the OM Center (1216 Howard, Omaha). This is part of the run-up to Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha, which will feature area high schools competing in a team poetry slam this April. Find more information at LTaBOmaha.com. All are welcome. Free, donations accepted.
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      Saturday, February 3rd -- 10am-3pm, Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha workshops for high school students and teachers at the OM Center (1216 Howard, Omaha) led by Louder Than a Bomb co-founder, poet Kevin Coval, and one of the student stars from the documentary, Lamar Jorden. They will be teaching poetry writing and performance as the kickoff to Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha, which will feature area high schools competing in a team poetry slam this April. Find more information atLTaBOmaha.com. Students are invited back for the 7pm open mic. These workshops are free with registration before 2/4 todirector@..., $5 without pre-registration.

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      Saturday, February 4th -- 7pm, Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha open mic at the OM Center (1216 Howard, Omaha) led by Kevin Coval, and Lamar Jorden. High school students are invited to read, all ages are invited to come enjoy! This is part of the kickoff to Louder Than a Bomb: Omaha, which will feature area high schools competing in a team poetry slam this April. Find more information atLTaBOmaha.com.

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      Monday, February 6th, at 7pm: Poetry at the Moon.

      Mystery writer Lois Lewandowski reads:


      Lois Lewandowski grew up on a farm in Northeast Nebraska. A lifelong Nebraska resident, she writes novels, short stories, and the occasional poem. Her short story, "The River Man" was a finalist in the 2005 Pebble Lake Review. She has also been published in Plains Song Review.

      A member of Sisters in Crime, Lois is currently at work on the third book in the Gillian Jones series, the first two being The Fatal Heir and The Burden of Truth.
      Lois and her husband reside in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have three children and one grandchild.



      held every Monday at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln

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      Tuesday, February 7th - 7pm - open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )


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      Tuesday, February 7th -- 7-8pm, Paul Dickey reads at Northeast Community College (Hawks Landing in the Student Center, Suite B, Norfolk).

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      Tuesday, February 7th - 7pm

      Deola A. Thompson reads for half an hour, followed by "The Right Stuff" writing group -


      Deola Morrell-Thompson is a PH.D. student, formerly completing her Bachelor of Science in Speech/Theatre, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Master of Arts in English w/ a Creative Writing Emphasis at the University of NE at Kearney. She has written a collection of poetic works entitled The Beggar’s Wheel, which includes formal poetry exploring the structures of the sestina, villanelle, pantoum, and sonnet. Her work, Burial Societies, a response sestina to Washington Irving’s English Sketches, is published in The Reynolds Review. Her current interest is 19 c. Literature Studies, with a focus on American writers. She plans to complete her Historical Fiction piece based on Stephen Crane’s visit to NE incorporating research of the families, towns, and experiences he encountered here in the late 1800’s.


      The "Write Stuff" writing group is a generational writing group meeting once a month in Lincoln -- members of the group reading tonite include:

      Eileen Durgin-Clinchard, Nancy Savery, Ardiss Cederholm, Suzanne Yelkin, Anna Jamrog, Rex Walton, Cathy Maasdam, and Marilyn Dorf

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      Wednesday, February 8th - 8pm - at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st -- open mike for poets and musicians

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      Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series: 

      Featuring Twyla Hansen
      February 8th, 2012, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
      The Nebraska Arts Council
      1004 Farnam St., Lower Level
      Omaha, NE

      TWYLA HANSEN'S
       newest book, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet (Backwaters Press 2011) is a duo with South Dakota rancher-writer Linda Hasselstrom (http://windbreakhouse.com). Her book Potato Soup won the 2004 Nebraska Book Award for poetry, and her poems have been nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Twyla’s other books are Prairie Suite: A Celebration (with Paul Johnsgard), Sanctuary Near Salt Creek, In Our Very Bones, and How to Live in the Heartland. Her poetry and prose have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Prairie Fire newspaper, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Ascent, Organization & Environment, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry (Backwaters Press 2007), Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (University of Nebraska Press, 2004), Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), Poets Against the War (Nation Books, 2003), and A Contemporary Reader for Creative Writing (Harcourt Brace, 1994). Twyla earned her BS and MA from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. She was raised in northeast Nebraska on land her grandparents farmed in the late 1800s as immigrants from Denmark. She is a creative writing presenter through the Nebraska Humanities Council speaker’s bureau, and lives and works in Lincoln, where her wooded acre is maintained as an urban wildlife habitat and was recognized by the 1994 Mayor’s Landscape Conservation Award.

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      Thursday, February 9th -- 7:30pm, the

      Smash Teeth Poetry Slam 

      at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln) with Oracle Jones and Ryley G. Poetry slam is back in Lincoln!

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      Saturday, February 11th -- 7:30pm, the OM Center Poetry Slam and open mic (1216 Howard, Omaha). Tonight features Kait Rokowski from Saint Paul. It's the longest-running slam in Omaha, often featuring some of the best performance poets in the nation. 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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      Monday, February 13th, at 7pm: Poetry at the Moon.

      held every Monday at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln


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      Tuesday, February 14th - 7pm - open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )

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      Wednesday, February 15th - 8pm - at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st -- open mike for poets and musicians

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      Wednesday, February 15th, 8pm til -? -- POET-Show IT - at 1122D St, Lincoln::: Join Travis and Joe for fun, music, poetry, frivolity ...

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      Friday, February 17th -- 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 Arden Eli Hill and Jennifer Bryan. for more information on the no name reading series, email Marianne at: mkunkel@..., or Nima at: nimakian@.... ................................................

      Sunday, February 19th -- 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 Susan Grace Dittman. Her interest in historical writing led her to write Abraham Lincoln's Shining Star: The Inspiring Story of Abraham Lincoln and Nebraska; in it, she connects Nebraska and Lincoln, the only U. S. state capital named after our 16th president with Abraham Lincoln's influence on the state's formation and development. 


      For more information, call 402-441-8516, email heritage@.....................................................

      Monday, February 20th, at 7pm: Poetry at the Moon.


      held every Monday at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln


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      Tuesday, February 21st -- 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@...................................................


      Tuesday, February 21st - 7pm - open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )

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      Wednesday, February 22nd - 8pm - at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st -- open mike for poets and musicians

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      Monday, February 27th, at 7pm: Poetry at the Moon.


      held every Monday at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln

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      Tuesday, February 28th  -- 7pm, The Great Plains Writers Tour at Mount Marty College presents poets David Lee and Neil Harrison in Black Box Theatre (Bede Building, Mt. Marty campus, Yankton, SD). 


      Lee has published twenty books of poetry, was named Utah’s First Poet Laureate and was finalist/runner-up for Poet Laureate of the United States. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and was named one of twelve outstanding writers in Utah literary history and received the Utah Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and a Governor’s Merit Award in the Humanities. 


      Harrison’s poems have been collected in Story (Logan House, 1995 & 1996), In a River of Wind (Bridge Burner’s, 2000), Into the River Canyon at Dusk (Lone Willow, 2005), and Back in the Animal Kingdom (Pinyon Publishing, 2011), and in 2004 he won the Western Reading Series Editor's Choice Award for poetry.

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      Tuesday, February 28th - 7pm - open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )

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      Wednesday, February 29th -- 7-8pm, Utah's 1st Poet Laureate, David Lee, reads at Northeast Community College (Hawks Landing in the Student Center, Norfolk).  


      Lee has published twenty books of poetry, was named Utah’s First Poet Laureate and was finalist/runner-up for Poet Laureate of the United States. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award and was named one of twelve outstanding writers in Utah literary history and received the Utah Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts and a Governor’s Merit Award in the Humanities. 

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      Wednesday, February 29th - 8pm - at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st -- open mike for poets and musicians

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      Monday, March 5th, at 7pm: Poetry at the Moon.


      held every Monday at Crescent Moon Coffee, 8th & P sts, Lincoln


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      Tuesday, March 6th - 7pm - open mike at Indigo Bridge Books, 7th & P sts, Lincoln (email AJA )

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      Tuesday, March 6th, 7pm - Tuesdays with Writers presents:

      Nancy Savery, Rex Walton, Charlene Neely, and Marilyn Dorf

      at the South Mill 48th & Prescott, Lincoln

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      Wednesday, March 7th, 2012 - noon...
      LUNCH at the Library
      : 4th floor, Bennett Martin Library, 14th & N sts, Lincoln
      today: Amy Plettner, with her new book, "Undoing Orion's Belt"

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      Wednesday, March 7th - 8pm - at Meadowlark Coffee, 1624 South st -- open mike for poets and musicians


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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@....

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      Saturday, March 31st - NE 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 
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