Tuesdays With Writers
September 6th, 7 pm, at the South Mill
4724 Prescott, Lincoln:
writer Lisa Knopp ...

Lisa Knopp is the author of four collections of essays: Interior Places ; The Nature of HomeFlight Dreams: A Life in the Midwestern Landscape,  & Field of Vision, each of which explores the concepts of place, home, nature, and spirituality. Her recently completed collection of essays, Three Rivers: Journeys at Home and Beyond, about the Mississippi, Missouri, and Platte Rivers, is forthcoming from the University of Missouri Press in the spring of 2012.

Knopp's essays have appeared in many publications, including Shenandoah, Gettysburg Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Missouri Review, Connecticut Review, Creative Nonfiction, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Yoga Journal, and Northwest Review. Six of her essays have received Notable Essay citations in the Best American Essays series (1991, 1994, 2001, 2001, 2008, 2010).

Knopp is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she teaches courses in creative nonfiction, and is visiting faculty in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Nonfiction at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Her website is: www.lisaknopp.com  .

open mike to follow --
for more info on Tuesdays with Writers, contact Deborah, at dmcginn@lps.org   


and, in coming months at Tuesdays with Writers  ----

Oct. ... Amy Plettner, featuring her new book, Undoing Orion's Belt

AMY PLETTNER's poetry has appeared in the anthologiesNebraska Presence and Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace. Other publications include Plains Song Review, Omaha World-Herald's "Everyday Poetry" series, Nebraska Life, andCelebrate: A Collection of Women’s Writing. She lives south of Denton with her family, and enjoys bicycling, taking baths, and life in Nebraska.

Nov. ... Shoshana Sumrall Frerking & Heidi Hermanson

Shoshana Sumrall Frerking grew up on a farm in western Nebraska, and now enjoys a career as a technical writer. Shoshana’s short fiction has been published in Deviant Minds, LAURUS Magazine, Plains Song Review, Fine Lines Journ
al, Paradigm, LITnIMAGE, and SNReview. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Shoshana lives in Lincoln with her husband, Todd, oldest stepson, Drew, and their three cats, Misery, Granger, and Mac.

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.

Dec. ... The Holiday Reading for everyone who wants to read - please limit your reading to two poems or one moderate length prose piece.

Jan. ... Andrew Ek and his slam team from Omaha, plus Eric Holt
the 2011 Omaha Slam Team:
Steven Evans
Jake Narofsky
Patrick Sather
Tessie Stednitz
Ben Wenzl

Andrew Ek - Teacher. Writer. Performer. Host of the Encyclopedia Show: Omaha. President of the board of directors of the Nebraska Writers Collective. Coach of the Omaha poetry slam team. Soon-to-be architectural engineer. Stoic. Secular Humanist. List-maker, magic-maker, efficiency-optimizer.

Feb. ... Deola A. Thompson, and the WRITE STUFF writing group

Deola Morrell-Thompson is a PH.D. student, formerly completing her Bachelor of Science in Speech/Theatre, Bachelor of Arts in English, and Master of Arts in English w/ a Creative Writing Emphasis at the University of NE at Kearney. She has written a collection of poetic works entitled The Beggar’s Wheel, which includes formal poetry exploring the structures of the sestina, villanelle, pantoum, and sonnet. Her work, Burial Societies, a response sestina to Washington Irving’s English Sketches, is published in The Reynolds Review. Her current interest is 19 c. Literature Studies, with a focus on American writers. She plans to complete her Historical Fiction piece based on Stephen Crane’s visit to NE incorporating research of the families, towns, and experiences he encountered here in the late 1800’s.

Mar. ... Nancy Savery, Rex Walton, Charlene Neely, and Marilyn Dorf

REX WALTON has been writing poetry for nearly twenty years, beginning in the mid 80s as a student of UNL English professors Greg Kuzma, Marcia Southwick, Mordecai Marcus and Warren Fine. He co-edited the English Department's LAURUS undergraduate annual magazine with Season Harper, and has infrequently sent off packets of poems to publications, and has (infrequently) seen some of those poems in print, such as Plainsong, and the Plains Song Review. A poem of his was used as the lyics for Color of Silence, a musical piece by Anthony Lanman (http://www.thenewstyle.org/catalogue.php?id=54). Lately, he has been working on the Crescent Moon Reading Series. At this moment he is probably sitting down at the Crescent Moon, drinking an iced coffee and reading, or thinking about doing same. Look around — do you see him

Poet CHARLENE NEELY has spent most of her life in Lincoln except for a short time spent in small towns in SouthEast Nebraska and a five-year stint across the river in Iowa. Her poems have appeared in such publications asMuse, Celebrate, Plains Song Review, Plainsongs and Up Against the Wall, Mother among others. Her poems have been included in the anthologies Nebraska Presence; Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace; Perceptions from Nowhere; Dreams for our Daughters and Songs for the Granddaughters. She has participated in presenting programs to schools for twelve years. She has participated in many readings including the John H. Ames Reading Series for the Lincoln City Libraries.

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.

NANCY SAVERY has been writing poetry since attending College of St. Mary, Omaha and has 85 hours towards a BS in English at UNL.  She enjoys poetry about nature and people.  She has self-published two chapbooks, has been published in the Anthology of American Poetry and will be published in the forthcoming Anthology “Untidy Seasons”.

Her poetry has appeared a number of times in Nebraska Life, including a piece about William Kloefkorn, and she is a docent and a Board member at the Bess Streeter Aldrich Home in Elmwood.  She grew up roaming the timbers and pastures of Otoe County.
April ... Marge Saiser and Lucy Adkins

APRIL - Marge Saiser, Lucy Adkins, & Pam Barger

MARJORIE SAISER is a poet living in Lincoln, Nebraska. She received an MA in creative writing at the University of Nebraska — Lincoln, winning the Vreelands Award and the Academy of American Poets competition. Her work has been published in literary journals including Prairie Schooner, Georgia Review, Zone 3, CrazyHorse, and Cream City Review. Her poems have been finalists for the Robert Penn Warren Prize, the New Letters Literary Awards, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She is a 2000 recipient of the Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council and in 1999 received the Literary Heritage Award from the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. Saiser is a speaker for the Nebraska Humanities Council. Her first full-length collection, Bones of a Very Fine Hand, won the Nebraska Book Award for poetry in 2000. Her second book, Lost in Seward County, was published in 2001 by Backwaters Press, 3502 N 52nd St, Omaha, NE 68104, and is available there or from Lee Booksellers 888-665-0999. She is co-editor ofTimes of Sorrow, Times of Grace (Backwaters Press, 2002), an anthology of poetry and prose by women of the Great Plains, which was named Poetry Honor Book in 2003 by the Nebraska Center for the Book, and also co-editor of a book of interviews, Road Trip: Conversations with Writers(Backwaters Press, 2003). Her most recent collection isBeside You at the Stoplight (The Backwaters Press, 2010)

LUCY ADKINS grew up on a farm in Nance County, Nebraska, attended country schools, the University of Nebraska, and received her bachelors degree at Auburn University in Alabama. Her poetry has been published in journals which include Owen Wister Review, Nebraska Territory, Plainsongs, Potpourri, Northeast, South Dakota Review, and the anthologies Woven on the Wind (Houghton Mifflin, 2001), Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace (The Backwaters Press, 2002), The Poets Against the War, edited by Sam Hamill (2003), and Crazy Woman Creek. Lucy lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she works at an insurance company and besides writing, spends a great deal of time on hands and knees in her garden.

A Lincolnite, Pam Barger holds a degree in music from UNL. She is
a poet, a piano teacher, and a musician. Her work has appeared
in Platte Valley Review, Nebraska Territory, West Branch, Weber
Studies: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Journal and other publications as well. She is working on several projects; the first is a
book for middle and high school music students called (at least
for now) You Can Have Music AND a Life and the second is the
revision of a poetry manuscript entitled This Deliberate Theft of
Silence. Because she really enjoys both writing and music, Pam
finds that music is a recurring theme in her writing. She also has published a book of poetry, "The Pinball God Let Fly"

May ... Jen Davis Korn, Deborah McGinn, Karla Decker and Becky Faber 

Jen Davis-Korn
Jennifer was first set free to write whatever she wanted by her third grade teacher Mrs. Kruse. Ever since then, she's been lucky enough to land a string of great teachers, like Deborah McGinn, and mentors, like Rex Walton, to encourage and coax her writing whims into their present fiction state. She is fortunate to have earned the trust of the good people of Tuesdays With Writers where she has made a nice and comfortable writing home. Now she promises to bring you danger, excitement, and thrills with a sampling from her collection of chapters from a long work titled "Parks and Recreation."Poet DEBORAH T MCGINN has been published in The Iowa Review, Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace, The Poets Voice, Plains Song Review, Poetic Voices, Free Focus Nebraska English Journal, New York City, Fine Lines, Whole Notes, Celebrate, Lincoln Review, Richmond Award in Poetry, The South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbook Self Unbound, To Go From Privacy.

Becky Faber has been writing since the 20th Century.  Her poems have appeared in Small Brushes (forthcoming), So to Speak, The Blue Collar Review, The Plains Songs Review, Plainsongs, the Nebraska English Counselor, and the anthologies Nebraska Voices and Lyrical Iowa.  In 1987 she won first place in the Poetry division of the Nebraska Mothers Association Writing Contest, and in 2003 placed second in the same division.  She placed second in the 2003 Nebraska Mothers Association Writing Contest in the Short Story category and went on to win second in national competition.   She earned a PhD in English from UNL.

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.

June (in pencil) Matt Mason and  Sarah McKinstry-Brown

July ... The 13th Birthday reading of Tuesdays With Writers for everyone who wants to read

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