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How We Began: The Inspiration Behind the Nebraska Poetry Society

Updated: Jul 20, 2023

When I’m with my writing peers or attending a writing workshop, and especially when I’m at a writing conference or retreat, I leave feeling inspired. Sometimes that feeling lasts for hours, sometimes weeks. If only there was a way to bottle it up and reserve some for later.

At the start of the pandemic, my muse deserted me. I could barely bring myself to my notebook, let alone write anything. Thankfully, many writing organizations offered virtual classes and workshops. I attended more workshops during the pandemic than I have since I graduated college. Like sips from a canteen, it kept me going during what felt like a long dry walk. Now I can return to my writing with improved skills, new ideas, and a broader understanding of my craft.

As the political chaos heightened, so did my awareness of the power of words and how they are used to motivate people. Even with little evidence of any truth behind them, words sway people. As I watch the admiration of poetry and Amanda Gorman swell, I am convinced other writers have the power to do the same. There are people out there with something to say, something positive, something that can make our world and our lives a little richer. I suspect some of these writers (like myself) need a little guidance, encouragement, or a path to get their words out to the masses and make a difference. Maybe you are one of those people.

These are the reasons I finally listened to a poet friend, grabbed another, and started the Nebraska Poetry Society. This is your oasis—a place to re-fuel, to learn, to inspire, and grow. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources to take your craft wherever you want. Everyone is welcome.

Grab your water bottle and join us.

Charlene Pierce & Brandy Prettyman
Brandy Prettyman & Charlene Pierce


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