Organizer: Grace Bauer
Organizer: Rex Walton
our reading in Lincoln, NE, is at Crescent Moon coffee, 8th & P sts, October 1st, at 7pm
Our writers here in Nebraska for this reading are: Jeff Alessandrelli, Grace Bauer, JV Brummels, Sarah Chavez, Crystal gibbins, Neil Harrison, Kelly Madigan, and Laura Madeline Wiseman, with Ben Gotschall possibly being there —–
Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press, 2011). Recent work appears or is forthcoming inOctopus; DIAGRAM; Forklift, Ohio; Laurel Review; Western Humanities Review; Sentence; Hotel Amerikaand Quarterly West, among others. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he co-curates the latest incarnation of The Clean Part Reading Series.
Grace Bauer, a native of Pennsylvania, came to Nebraska by way of New Orleans, Montana, Massachussetts, and Virginia. She is the author of Retreats and Recognitions (Lost Horse Press, 2007), Beholding Eye (CustomWords, 2006) and The Women at The Well(Portals Press, 1997) as well as three chapbooks of poems: Where You’ve Seen Her(Pennywhistle Press), The House Where I’ve Never Lived (Anabiosis Press), and Field Guide to the Ineffable: Poems On Marcel Duchamp (Snail’s Pace Press). Her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including Arts & Letters, Colorado Review, Doubletake, Margie, Poetry, Rattle, Southern Poetry Review, and others. She has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, Individual Artists Grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council, and Fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center. She is co-editor (with Julie Kane) of Umpteen Ways Of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox (Xavier Review Press). She has taught at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln since 1994, where she serves as Coordinator of Creative Writing and as a senior book prize reader for Prairie Schooner.
J V Brummels was born near Winside and grew up on farms and ranches in northern Nebraska. He is the descendent of pioneers who first came to the region in the 1870s. His great-grandfather, Peter Brummels, served as a fireman on the first train to cross Wayne County. J V Brummels himself was educated at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln and Syracuse University. He teaches at Wayne State College (from which his grandfather flunked out), where he edits Nebraska Territory and directs the Plains Writers Circuit. His poems have appeared in Chariton Review, Quarterly West, The Midwest Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. His work has been anthologized in A Geography of Poets (Bantam, 1979). He has also been published in Rolling Stone. His books include 614 Pearl (Abattoir Editions, 1986), Deus Ex Machina(Spectra/Bantam, 1989), and Sunday’s Child (Basfal, 1994). His most recent books are Clay Hills, (Nosila Press, 1996) The Cheyenne Line and Other Poems (Backwaters Press, 2001), and Book of Grass (Grizzly Media), and City at War (Backwaters Press, 2009). He lives in Wayne County, where he and his family run a horseback cattle operation.
Sarah A. Chavez is a third year PhD student in creative writing (poetry) with a specialization in Ethnic Studies, and an emphasis in Latina/o and Chicana/o literature. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Ball State University and a BA from California State University, Fresno. Her poetry has appeared in CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women, Blood Lotus, and The Battered Suitcase among others. She was the recipient of the 2011 Vreeland Award and an honorable mention from the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Competition. Aside from teaching at UNL, she also facilitates writing workshops in the greater Lincoln community. Her creative and scholarly interests include issues of gender, class, labor, and their effects on the body. She is the Assistant Director of the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference.
Crystal S Gibbins is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing-Poetry. Her research interests include post-war American poetry, environmental literature, and ecocriticism. Crystal’s poetry, illustrations, and collaborations have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Cincinnati Review, dislocate, Free Verse, and Word For/ Word. She is the author of the chapbook Now Here Nowhere (Furniture Press) and founding editor and web designer of Split Rock Review.
(tentative reader) Ben Gotschall grew up on a cattle ranch and dairy in the Sandhills of Holt County, Nebraska. He earned a degree in English from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Idaho. He is the author of Where It Happened(Lewis-Clark Press/Sandhills Press, 2008). His work has appeared in Best New Poets 2007, Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses, Meridian, Nimrod, South Dakota Review, Cimarron Review, Poetry Southeast, and The MeadoW. Formerly a Visiting Professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University, he is also the herdsman on Branched Oak farm near Raymond, and is active in Nebraska issues related to the TransCanada Pipeline protests, through bold Nebraska and the Farmers Union.
Neil Harrison’s latest book, In A River of Wind, was launched in 2011, with these words from Wm. Kloefkorn: ” … Individually and collectively these poems offer a marvelous and compelling journey into the animal kingdom, a journey that ‘sets us spinning / out once more into the awe-filled everlasting ” . . . ” -WILLIAM KLOEFKORN, Nebraska State Poet . Neil received a Bachelor’s Degree from Chadron State College, a Master’s from the UNL, and is currently completing an MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College. He has held interim and part-time teaching positions at Wayne State College since 1990 and at Northeast Community College since 1987. He grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska, and developed an early love for the Nebraska outdoors that has taken him across the state, from the northeast to the Sandhills, the Platte Valley, the Salt Valley, and the Pine Ridge. His creative work has appeared in many Nebraska and outstate publications. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Nebraska, where he runs the Visiting Writers Series.
Kelly Madigan is the author of Getting Sober: A Practical Guide to Making it Through the First 30 Days (McGraw-Hill), which is based on her work as a drug and alcohol counselor. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, as well as Individual Artist Fellowships from the Nebraska Arts Council in poetry and nonfiction. Her collection of poems, The Edge of Known Things, is due out this spring from SFASU Press.
Rex Walton ( co-ordinator, Poetry at the Moon) began writing as an answer to a fellow student, in 1966, Flint, Michigan: Rusty was from the mysterious land of Ohio, wrote music, and poetry, and was exceedingly strange, yet somehow very correct, in his stretch for understanding. Back in college in 1984, Rex spent glorious, frivolous, exacting times with Greg Kuzma, Charlie Stubblefield, Mordecai Marcus, Marcia Southwick, and Warren Fine, to name a few. Also, he has worked with writers here in Nebraska with workshop presentations, most recently “Writers Write!” , through the Nebraska Literary Heritage Assn., has arranged the Free Range Readings at Brownville’s Wine, Writers and Song Festival for a number of years, and currently runs the Reading Series weekly at Crescent Moon Coffee in Lincoln.
Laura Madeline Wiseman has a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she teaches English. She is the author of six collections of poetry, the full-length book Sprung (San Francisco Bay Press, 2012), and the chapbooks She Who Loves Her Father (Dancing Girl Press, 2012), Farm Hands (Gold Quoin Press, 2012), Branding Girls (Finishing Line Press, 2011),Ghost Girl (Pudding House Publications, 2010), and My Imaginary (Dancing Girl Press, 2010). She is also the editor of the anthology Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violenceforthcoming from Blue Light Press in 2013.
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100 Thousand Poets for Change – the Lincoln Reading
will be on Monday, October 1st, at 7pm
at Crescent Moon Coffee
140 N 8th, st, Lower Level
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