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Meet the Team

Nebraska Poetry Society
Nebraska Poetry Society
Charlene Pierce, President, Nebraska Poetry Society

Charlene Pierce,

Charlene founded the Nebraska Poetry Society, a non-profit organization, to make poetry accessible to all. It is an essential mission to her as one with a disability who overcame poverty. Her poetry has appeared in Page and Spine, BlazeVOX, Literary Yard, and the Nebraska anthologies "How it Looks from Here," "Voices of the Plains," and "Misbehaving Nebraskans." She wrote and published "The Poet’s Journal: A Beginner’s Workbook for Writing Poetry." By day, she is a freelance writer appearing on websites and blogs across the country and Women’s Edition Magazine.

Brandy Prettyman, Vice President, Nebraska Poetry Society

Brandy Prettyman,
Vice President

Brandy 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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Julie Haase,
Treasurer & Secretary

Julie is a freelance editor and writer, the Business and Publishing Manager for The Writer’s Ally, an editing and publishing services company. Julie has published in various Nebraska anthologies and The First Line as well as self-published a guide for narrative writers called "Tips & Tricks for Great (Narrative) Writing." Julie lives in Omaha and is a proud cat mama.

Slam Committee

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Nathan Lachner,
Committee Chair

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Slam Committee 


Nathan is a poet and essayist who has been writing in one form or another for thirteen years. Evolving from the ideas of beauty in language, poetry as confession of self, and a desire to do the words good, his work tends towards the bittersweet, seeking always to find hope and wisdom inside of pain and joy alike. Also an aspiring voice actor, Nathan delights in the auditory roots of language, and endeavors to bring that passion to his performances.

Information to come.

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