ORGANIZER: Grace Bauer
100 THOUSAND POETS FOR CHANGE
Saturday, September 24 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Crescent Moon Coffee
140 N 8th, lower level
Poetry at the Moon
Eleven Writers, reading for the world-wide event on September 24th: 100 Thousand Poets for Change:
it is hosted by Rex Walton, and reading will be:
Kwame Dawes, NEW Editor of Prairie Schooner ;
Grace Bauer, Prof. of Creative Writing, UNL ;
Stacey Waite, asst. Prof., UNL ;
James Shea, asst. Prof. of English, NE Wesleyan U. ;
Jameson Bayles, Editor, Mistop Publications, Liberty, MO ;
Sarah McKinstry-Brown, of MidVerse Productions, Omaha ;
Allison Adele Hedge Coke, Reynolds Chair Prof. of Poetry, UN – Kearney ;
Kelly Madigan, Nebraska writer/counselor ;
Liz Kay, writer , founding editor at burntdistrict, new NE quarterly ;
plus two more yet to be fully confirmed …
So far, 100 Thousand Poets for Change has over 400 cities and 95 countries signed on to organize events, as part of a global initiative to celebrate/demonstrate poetry and address issues of peace and sustainability.
for more info on setting up your OWN reading on the 24th — see: http://www.bigbridge.org/100thousandpoetsforchange/?page_id=13
100 Thousand Poets for Change – Lincoln Reading, September 24th Crescent Moon Coffee
Kwame Dawes, NEW Editor of Prairie Schooner , UNL: Born in Ghana, 1962 – moved to England, then Jamaica – spent most of his childhood and early adult life in Jamaica, where he attended college, then moving to New Brunswick, N S for his PhD – also was involved in a reggae band there, recording 2 CDs – beginning 1992, lived in Columbia, SC, where he taught at Univ. of SC – has published 13 volumes of poetry, as well as many volumes of fiction, non-fiction, and drama – his latest book of poetry is Wheels (2011) – collaborated with Kevin Simmons on the opera Wisteria: Twilight Songs from the Swamp Country – won an Emmy in 2009 for a documentary about AIDS/HIV in Jamaica – now lives in Lincoln with his family, can be seen around UNL, where he teaches, and edits the PS
Grace Bauer, Prof. of Creative Writing, UNL: a native of Pennsylvania, came to Nebraska by way of New Orleans, Montana, Massachussetts, and Virginia. She is the author of Retreats and Recognitions (Lost Horse Press, 2007), Beholding Eye (CustomWords, 2006) and The Women at The Well (Portals Press, 1997) as well as three chapbooks of poems – her poems, stories, and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals – she has received an Academy of American Poets Prize, and others – has taught at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln since 1994, where she serves as Coordinator of Creative Writing and as a senior book prize reader for Prairie Schooner.
Stacey Waite, asst. Prof., UNL: Stacey Waite, a 1999 graduate of Bucknell, received an MFA in poetry in 2002 and a PhD in Composition and Pedagogy in 2011 from the University of Pittsburgh. Waite is currently Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and has published three collections of poems – Waite’s poems have been published most recently in The Cream City Review, Interim, and Black Warrior Review. Waite’s first full-length collection, Butch Geography, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2012. Waite’s other honors include an Andrew Mellon Dissertation Fellowship Award, the Elizabeth Baranger Excellence in Teaching Award, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and a National Society of Arts & Letters Poetry Prize.
James Shea, asst. Prof. of English, NE Wesleyan U.: author of Star in the Eye, selected for the 2008 Fence Modern Poets Series and named as a “Favorite Book of 2008” by the Chicago Sun-Times. His poems have appeared in various journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Boston Review, Colorado Review, jubilat, and Verse. His translations of Japanese poetry can be found in The Iowa Review, Circumference, and Gin’yu. A former research fellow at Utsunomiya University in Japan, he received an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, and as a poet-in-residence in the Chicago public schools.
Jameson Bayles, Editor, Mistop Publications, Liberty, MO: Founded in 1999, Mistop Publications specializes in chapbooks that are created by undiscovered artists – the third edition of The Cataman Years is now out, by Jameson, and two projects for the Press are due out by year’s end: The Art of Piece, and Legends of Doho.
Sarah McKinstry-Brown, of MidVerse Productions, Omaha: Winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize, Sarah McKinstry-Brown studied poetry at the University of New Mexico, the University of Sheffield, England, and the University of Nebraska, where she received her MFA in Poetry – In 2004, she won the Blue Light Poetry Prize for her collection When You Are Born – her poems have been featured on poetryspeaks.com – she’s been published in a number of poetry slam anthologies – most recently, her work has been published in Nebraska Presence, an Anthology of Nebraska Writers, Plainsongs, and others. Her latest book is Cradling Monsoons (Blue Light Press)
Allison Adele HedgeCoke, Reynolds Chair Professor of Poetry, UN – Kearney: Allison Adelle HedgeCoke authored books include: (American Book Award) Dog Road Woman and Off-Season City Pipe (poetry) ,and Blood Run, a verse-play. – HedgeCoke has won the Naropa Poetry Prize; the New Mexico Press Women’s Creative Writing Award, and numerous others – A MacDowell Fellow and former Atlantic Center for the Arts resident – also has edited six volumes of poetry and writing, including several volumes of emerging poets and writers – her volunteer work has served students of writing from three to ninety three and includes service on housing boards and several board services for educational and literary arts programs – she is also Editor of the Platte Valley Review – she came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories.
Kelly Madigan, Nebraska writer/counselor: born in Massachusetts and has lived in Lincoln, Nebraska since 1980. Her poems and essays have appeared or will appear in Prairie Schooner, Southern California Review, and elsewhere – she is the recipient of a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship – she has worked since 1983 as a drug and alcohol counselor and is the author of Getting Sober: A Practical Guide … (McGraw-Hill, 2007). In recent years, she has been exploring Nebraska rivers by canoe, including the Middle Loup, Dismal, Platte, Missouri, Elkhorn, Little Blue, Cedar, Calamus, Niobrara, and Big Blue rivers – Kelly has two daughters, Tara and Maggie.
Liz Kay, writer , founding editor at burntdistrict: LIZ KAY holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of both an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Wendy Fort Foundation Prize for exemplary work in poetry. Her poems have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, such journals as Nimrod, The New York Quarterly, The Iron Horse Literary Review, Willow Springs,the Nebraska Writers issue of Midwest Quarterly, and Sugar House Review. She is a founding editor of burntdistrict.
Ben Gotschall, writer, activist, musician, manager of Holt Creek Jerseys: grew up on a cattle ranch and dairy in the Sandhills of Holt County, Nebraska. He earned a degree in English from NebraskaWesleyan University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Idaho. He is the author of Where It Happened (Lewis-Clark Press/Sandhills Press, 2008). His work has appeared in Best New Poets 2007, Cadence of Hooves: A Celebration of Horses, Meridian, and others – currently herdsman on Branched Oak farm near Raymond, and director of the XL pipeline protest outreach program for Bold Nebraska
Sam Renken, writer, manager at Pterodactyl Farms, a quarter horse breeding operation in Georgia : received his BA from Wesleyan University in 2001 – and his MFA in Poetry at the University of Wyoming – Renken had poems accepted for publication in Xavier Review, The Main Street Rag, Plainsongs, and The Pinch – has done both teaching and equestrian work as the Horse Program Coordinator at the Cathedral Home for Children in Laramie, WY – won the 2010 Wyoming Arts Council’s Creative Writing Fellowship – received the Holland Prize from Logan House Press and will have his collection of poems published this fall -currently rearing and training quarter horses at Pterodactyl Farms in Georgia
and the band, Tupelo Springfield – three English Dept, UNL, professors who write original songs, and perform around the area – Steve Buhler, Jack Vespa, and John Schulze