Nebraska Poets Reading Series

Highlighting the Talent of Our Nebraska Poets
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Trey Moody

Tuesday, January 4th, 6:30p CST

Trey Moody is the author of Thought That Nature (Sarabande Books, 2014), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.

His more recent poems have appeared in The Believer, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, and New England Review.

He teaches at Creighton University and lives with his daughter in Omaha, Nebraska. 

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FREE and Open to the Public

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James Solheim

Tuesday, April 5th, 6:30p CST

Author of

EAT YOUR WOOLLY MAMMOTHS!

Fun for everyone:  adults, children, and whole families

James Solheim will read from a wide range of his works and show how his poetry for adults is interwoven into his writing for children.

James Solheim’s books circle the globe and travel through centuries.  They explore the most amazing foods on earth, explain Santa’s sleigh technology, and tell the stories of history through our grandmas.

     First published by Simon & Schuster, "It’s Disgusting—and We Ate It" has been a hit for Scholastic Book Clubs, Scholastic Book Fairs, Junior Library Guild, and beyond—right up to the current Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Program used in schools to inspire love of learning.

     The Wall Street Journal and PBS included "It’s Disgusting—and We Ate It" in their lists of best books for getting boys to read.  The Washington Post included it on its list of best books for summer reading.  It was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists and a Blue Ribbon Book of The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books.

     James Solheim’s books have been a big part of charity.  His picture book "Born Yesterday" from Philomel/Penguin Random House was a multi-year choice of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, with 446,000 copies donated to children across the U.S. and beyond.  A Junior Library Guild selection, it received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, where it was Big Picture Book of the Month and chosen as one of the ten best picture books of the year.  "Born Yesterday" was a Children’s Choice book for the CBC and International Literacy Association—this time with children themselves choosing it as a favorite.

     His 2021 book from HarperCollins, "Grandmas Are Greater Than Great", illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist Derek Desierto, explores history through twelve generations of grandmotherly love.  And James illustrated his new book himself—"Eat Your Woolly Mammoths! (Two Million Years of the World's Most Amazing Food Facts, from the Stone Age to the Future)"—available now at your independent bookstore or at jamessolheim.com.

     His poetry for adults has been published in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, and The Pushcart Prize, and his long poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Chicago Review, and Northwest Review, among other important magazines.

     Invite him to your school or organization to give one of his “Think Big!” presentations. These programs help kids set big goals and see the importance of books in reaching them.

He’ll even do a Zoom visit with your school or book group!

Contact him here or visit him online.

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FREE and Open to the Public

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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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Hilda Raz

Tuesday, February 1st, 6:30p CST

Hilda Raz's work is widely recognized, and her influence can be felt—as a director, award judge, and contributor—in this country’s most prestigious poetry journals and contests. Her many poetry collections include "What Happens", "All Odd and Splendid, "Trans", "Divine Honors,” and last year, “List and Story,” followed by her Collected and New Poems called “Letter from a Place I’ve Never Been,” edited by Kwame Dawes, in 2021.  

     At the same time, the University of Nebraska Press republished all of her previous poetry collections.  She was the first Glenna Luschei Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies and editor of PRAIRIE SCHOONER and the founding editor of the Raz/Shumaker PS Poetry Prizes in Poetry and Short Fiction.  

     Now retired, she is the editor of the Mary Burritt Poetry Series for the University of New Mexico Press and poetry editor for Bosque Press.

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Adrienne Christian

Tuesday, May 3rd, 6:30p CST

Adrienne Christian is the author of three poetry collections: "Worn", "A Proper Lover", and "12023 Woodmont Avenue" (2013).

     Common themes in her work are family, love, and African-American life. Adrienne's poetry, prose, and photographs have been featured in Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry Review, Phoebe, CALYX, Today's Black Woman, Jolie, The Los Angeles Review, and dozens of others.

     In 2020, she earned her PhD in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska. In 2011, she earned her MFA in English with a concentration in Contemporary Poetics from Pacific University. And In 2001, she earned her BA in English with a concentration in 19th Century British Literature from the University of Michigan.

     In 2020, Adrienne was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and won the Common Ground poetry award. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Rita Dove International Poetry Award. In 2007, she won the University of Michigan's Five Under Five Ten Young Alumni Recognition Award.

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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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Tryphena Yaboah

Tuesday, March 1st, 6:30p CST

Tryphena Yeboah is the author of the chapbook "A Mouthful of Home", selected by the New-Generation African Poets series.

Her stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine and Commonwealth Writers, among others. She is from Ghana and currently lives in Lincoln, where she's a doctoral student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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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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