Tuesdays With Writers Winter Group Reading
December 2, 2008 at The South Mill from 7:00-8:45 p.m.
Poetry and Shorter Prose are both welcome.
You may read from your own work
or that of someone you love. Music anyone?

· There is a 5-minute limit per reader this time. Please be respectful to other writers by staying at 5 minutes please. We like to fill the house and do not want to leave anyone out or shorten his or her reading experience. Let us be kind and mindful of many voices. Perhaps some of you might want to read as a team? Imagine a choral reading of two or more. What fun that might be.

· Contact Deborah McGinn now to reserve a spot to participate. dmcginn@lps.org
--Thanks to Rex Walton for all he does,
and Mike Pittz for making sure the sound system is lugged in and set up.

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Christmas is Coming

The geese are getting fat,
Please put a penny
In the old Mill’s hat.

~Buy a cup of Jo or cocoa from The Mill! They are gracious to us and do not charge us rent, so please bring some pennies for refreshments and support The Mill who supports Tuesdays With Writers.

Dust of Snow By Robert Frost
from his winter poetry collection

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

Deborah McGinn
With Elections on Tuesday, November 4th,
Deborah has
The November Reading for
MONDAY, November 3rd, at 7 p.m.!!
Tonight, MONDAY (remember), we host a reading by the editorial staff of Nebraska's PLAINSONGS Magazine, published by Hastings College. They will be here to read from the special edition of the Plainsongs Magazine, the Editors' Issue
October 7, 2008, 7-8 p.m.
Tuesdays With Writers
@the South Mill
48th & Prescott, Lincoln

Deborah McGinn Announces:

Let us call our next reading VOICES. Won’t you bring original poetry or short prose to raise our voices at The South Mill? There will be no set reader this month. Perhaps you have written some season changing pieces, or love poems, un-love poems or fiction about goblins or mystery. Maybe there will be school poems, funny tales, political slams or Odes to Palin, Obama, Mac and Joe. There might even be a famous poem you carry in your pocket by Maya Angelou, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, or Charlene Neely. Email Deborah to reserve a time slot at dmcginn@lps.org.


Marge Saiser, Amy Plettner, Rex Walton, JK Brown, Nancy Savery, Dee Thompson, Trena and Randy, Dwight Johns, Adryan Mallory ( & A's girlfriend ), Charlene Neely, John Johnson, Shoshana Sumrall, and Deborah McGinn.

Create new, revise old, polish, practice, let creative voices he heard.

Below is brand new Billy Collins to get you thinking. He is featured in POETS AND WRITERS this month.


When it’s late at night and branches
are banging against the windows,
you might think that love is just a matter

of leaping out of the frying pan of yourself
into the fire of someone else,
but it’s a little more complicated than that.

It’s more like trading the two birds
who might be hiding in that bush
for the one you are not holding in your hand.

A wise man once said that love
was like forcing a horse to drink
but then everyone stopped thinking of him as wise.

Let us be clear about something.
Love is not as simple as getting up
on the wrong side of the bed wearing emperor’s clothes.

No, it’s more like the way the pen
feels after it has defeated the sword.
It’s a little like the penny saved or the nine dropped stitches.

You look at me through the halo of the last candle
and tell me love is an ill wind
that has no turning, a road that blows no good,

but I am here to remind you,
as our shadows tremble on the walls,
that love is the early bird who is better late than never.

“Adage” from Billy Collin’s brand new book called Ballistics 2008.

Tuesdays With Writers in September

September 2nd, Tuesday (Duh), at 7:00 PM

at the South Mill
48th & Prescott, Lincoln

Deborah McGinn brings you:

Karla Decker, Marilyn Dorf,
and Heidi Hermanson!

MARILYN DORF grew up near Albion, Nebraska, on the farm her great grandparents homesteaded. An only child, she spent much time reading and exploring nature. Her poetry and other writing has appeared in various publications, including Kansas Quarterly, Willow Review, Mankato Poetry Review, Whole Notes, Bitterroot, Elkhorn Review, Nebraska Territory, Plainsongs, Nostalgia, Northeast, Potpourri, The Christian Science Monitor, Nebraska Life, 100 Words, Bison Poems, Plainsong Review, and the anthologies Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace and Crazy Woman Creek. She received third prize in the First Annual Bess Streeter Aldrich Short Story competition, and is the author of four chapbooks: A Tribute to Buttons — A Beautiful Friend (1985), Windmills Walk the Night (1992), Of Hoopoes and Hummingbirds (1998), and This Red Hill (Juniper Press, 2003). She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her cat, dog, computer, and a houseful of books.

HEIDI HERMANSON has been published in Backroads, Mental Horizons, Midwest Compilation, Slamma Lamma Ding Dong: An Anthology of Nebraska Slam Poets, and other places. She has been in many public art projects such as "8 counts/24" (writers had 24 hours to write on a theme pulled from a bag) "OmaHome" (writers wrote inspired by a piece of artwork; the writing was then interpeted by a local actor), and the benchMarks project, which featured brief inspirational quotes on benches thoroughout the city. In 2003 she organized the first Poets' Chautauqua at the State Fair and also that year released her first chapbook, Midwest Hotel. Her second chapbook, Missouri Joyride, is forthcoming. She runs a monthly open mike, "Naked Words." In her spare time she hopes to open a library of maps to towns that do not exist and learning dialects of the seven-year cicada. She recently received her MFA from the University of Nebraska.

KARLA DECKER was born in Greeley, Colorado a million years ago. She has no memory of living in Omaha for about six months before the age of two though her picture appeared in the Omaha World Herald feeding a lollipop to her grandfather’s German Shepard. By age two she made her home in Wisconsin. She became enamored of Abstract Expressionism and majored in art at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There she became enamored of the young writers on campus and married one of them and moved to Minneapolis and then back to Omaha. She divorced the writer and moved to Lincoln. Three gorgeous daughters and a passion for writing came out of this marriage. Her publishing history is skimpy. At Marilyn Dorf’s urging she entered the Bess Streeter Aldrich contest last year and won 2nd place. She was July in the first issue of the Nebraska Poets calendar. That’s about it.