September 3rd -- 7pm, 
at The South Mill
 (4736 Prescott, 
just west of 48th and Prescott, 

Featured readers Karen Gettert Shoemaker and Twyla Hansen 

                               Karen              and                  Twyla
(pictures from Bill Clemente's Webpage www.aroundperu.blogspot.com  )

Twyla Hansen's poetry books include Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, and Potato Soup, 2012 and 2004 Nebraska Book Award winners. 

TWYLA HANSEN'S newest book, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet (Backwaters Press 2011) with rancher-writer Linda Hasselstrom, won the 2012 Nebraska Book Award in poetry, and was Finalist for the Willa Literary Award and High Plains Book Award. She has five previous books, including Potato Soup, which won a 2004 Nebraska Book Award. Her poems were nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize. Her writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Prairie Fire newspaper, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Ascent, Natural Bridge, Organization & Environment, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry (Backwaters Press 2007), Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (University of Nebraska Press, 2004), Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), Poets Against the War (Nation Books, 2003), and A Contemporary Reader for Creative Writing (Harcourt Brace, 1994). Her BS and MAg are from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. She was raised in northeast Nebraska on land her grandparents farmed in the late 1800s as immigrants from Denmark. She is a creative writing presenter through the Nebraska Humanities Council, and lives and works in Lincoln, where her wooded acre is maintained as an urban wildlife habitat, recognized by the 1994 Mayor’s Landscape Conservation Award. (bio, the Nebraska Center for Writers )

Karen Shoemaker is the author of The Meaning of Names, and Night Sounds and Other Stories (prose collections), and has received a Nebraska Center for the Book Award and Independent Artist Fellowships from the Nebraska Arts Council. 

KAREN GETTERT SHOEMAKER's first collection of short stories, Night Sounds and Other Stories (Dufour Editions), won the Nebraska Book Award for Short Fiction in 2003. Her fiction and poetry have been published or are forthcoming in a variety of journals, including Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review, West Wind Review, Kalliope, Credo, Arachne, Foliage, Fine Lines, Heartlands Today, and The Nebraska Review. Shoemaker received each and every one of her degrees — a Bachelor's in Journalism, a Master's and a PhD in Creative Writing — from the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. Awards for her writing include a Nebraska Press Association Award for Feature Writing, Vreeland Award, the Prairie Schooner/Mari Sandoz Award for Fiction, and a Merit Award from the Nebraska Arts Council. A native of north central Nebraska, she currently lives in Lincoln, NE, with her husband and two children. (bio, the Nebraska Center for Writers) 

There is an open mic following the feature. For more information, contact Deborah McGinn at dmcginn@lps.org