Nebraska Poets Reading Series

Highlighting the Talent of Our Nebraska Poets
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Heidi Hermanson

Tuesday, June 7th, 6:30p CST

Heidi Hermanson is a first-generation Nebraskan who has been published in Midwest Quarterly, Hiram Poetry Review, the Omaha World Herald (“Nebraska On A Dollar a Day”) and elsewhere.

     The recipient of two Pushcart nominations, a Nebraska book award, and various grants from both Amplify Arts and The Nebraska Arts Council, Heidi has organized and directed five ekphrastic shows which she describes as a marriage between visual art and poetry.

     From 2006 to 2012 she hosted "Naked Words", a monthly open mike. In 2010 she won the Omaha Public Library's annual poetry contest and performed her winning work accompanied by Silver Roots, a New York-based violin and flute duo. In 2008, Heidi received her MFA from the University of Nebraska.

     Having found herself with an abundance of time during the pandemic, she enjoys exploring every square foot of her state and documenting cemeteries and rivers.

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P. Ivan Young

Tuesday, September 6th, 6:30p CST

P. Ivan Young is the Author of "Smell of Salt", "Ghost of Rain" and "A Shape in the Waves". His poem "The Bone Farmer" was nominated for the 2021 Pushcart Prize by The Minnesota Review.

     His work has been featured in American Life in Poetry and published in North American Review, RHINO, Cider Press Review, Passages North, Cream City Review, and Fourteen Hills, among others.

     He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska and currently works as a communications coordinator for Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. He lives in Omaha with his wife and two children.

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Lorraine Duggin

Tuesday, December 6th, 6:30p CST

Lorraine Duggin is a lifelong Nebraskan, born in Omaha, where she has been teaching English as a Second Language and other English classes at Metropolitan Community College since 1999.

Her B.A. and M.A. in English and Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing are from UNO and UN-L, respectively. 

Her poetry, fiction, memoirs, and articles have been published in Prairie Schooner, North American Review, North Atlantic Review, Short Story International, and many other journals and anthologies.

Her work has been awarded several prizes in both writing and teaching. She has been a Master Artist with the Nebraska Arts Council and Iowa Arts Council's Poets in Schools/Communities programs since the 1980's.

When not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with family, outdoor activities like gardening and hiking, folk dancing in three groups, playing the recorder in an ensemble, and traveling, especially internationally.

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Brandy Prettyman

Brandy Prettyman

Tuesday, July 5th, 6:30p CST

Brandy Prettyman is the author of "Forbidden Fruit: Poems of Love, Loss, Hope, and Regret".

A professional jack-of-all-trades, she earned a Bachelor in Business Administration and has spent the last decade (maybe it’s longer, but let’s not make this awkward) writing poetry that explores the dark emotions we face when confronted by our own morality and mortality.

Brandy lives in Papillion, Nebraska, and like to spend her spare time traveling the world with her trusty four-legged sidekick Mary Puppins. Most days she can be found drinking a large latte at her desk, frantically writing her thoughts down in verse before they disappear.

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Stacey Waite

Tuesday, October 4th, 6:30p CST

Stacey Waite is Associate Professor of English and Graduate Chair at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and is the author of: "Choke" (winner of the Frank O’Hara Prize for Poetry), "Love Poem to Androgyny, the lake has no saint" (Winner of the Snowbound Prize), and "Butch Geography" (Tupelo Press, 2013).

     Waite’s poems have been published in Court Green, Black Warrior Review, and Indiana Review. Additionally, Waite’s book, "Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing", was published in 2017 by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

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Scott Abels

Tuesday, August 2nd, 6:30p CST

Scott Abels is the author of the chapbooks "A State of The Union Speech" (Beard of Bees Press, 2015) and "Nebraska Fantastic" (Beard of Bees Press, 2012), as well as the full-length books "Rambo Goes to Idaho" (BlazeVox, 2011) and "New City" (BlazeVox, 2015).

     He is an instructor for Foundational English and English as a Second Language. Bachelor of English Literature, Chadron State College; MFA in Creative Writing (poetry emphasis), Boise State University.

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Michael Catherwood

Tuesday, November 1st, 6:30p CST

Michael Catherwood's awards include a Nebraska Arts Council Grant, Pushcart Nomination, The Holt Prize for Poetry, and Finalist for the Ruth Lily Prize.

     His books are "Dare," "If You Turned Around Quickly," and his latest book "Projector" from Stephen F. Austin Press. He is former editor at The Backwaters Press and has been Associate Editor at Plainsongs since 1995.

     Recent poems have appeared in The Common, Pennsylvania English, I-70 Review, and Common Ground Review.   He’s a cancer survivor is recently retired and lives in Omaha with his wife Cindy.

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