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.