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Six Corners of Nebraska – Southeast
May 7, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
12:30 pm Readings by Nebraska Authors
1:30 pm “Poetry of Women on the Land” by Lucy Adkins and Marge Saiser
2:30 pm Readings by Nebraska Authors
3:30 pm Offutt Air Force Base History by Ben Justman, Sarpy County Museum Director
4:30 pm “Future Great Writers of Nebraska”
Awards and Reading (contest for ages 13-25)
12:00 – 5:00 Nebraska authors will be available at tables to personally visit with the public
1:00 – 5:00 Margaret Lukas will facilitate –
“Nuts and Bolts and Beyond”
Pre-registration encouraged/12 participant maximum (this is the only part of Six Corners of Nebraska – Southeast that is not free) (the cost is $50.00)
“Poetry of Women on the Land”
Women pioneers and homesteaders played an important part in the development and heritage of Nebraska. In this program, Marge Saiser and Lucy Adkins will honor them, sharing poetry they have written from the point of view of Nebraska women living from the 1890’s to the present. In addition, to provide a flavor of daily living in early Nebraska, they will feature excerpts from diaries and letters of plains women from the past.
Lucy Adkins grew up in rural Nebraska, attended country schools, and received her degree from Auburn University. Currently she is working towards her MFA in writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her poetry has been published in journals which include Rhino, Northeast, South Dakota Review, Concho River Review, and several anthologies. Her chapbook, One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife was published in 2007 by Pudding House Press. In addition, she co-authored Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block and Transform Your Life which won a Silver “Ippy” in the Independent Publishers Book Awards. Lucy was awarded her Masters of Fine Arts in January 2017.
Marjorie Saiser is the author of five books of poetry. Her book, Lost in Seward County, is on the Nebraska 150 List for the Sesquicentennial. She co-edited a book of writings by women on the Great Plains and a book of interviews featuring Nebraska writers who teach. Her poems are found in American Life in Poetry, The Writer’s Almanac, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, Chattahoochee Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Rhino, and other publications. Saiser’s awards include four Nebraska Book Awards and the Literary Heritage Award. Her website is poetmarge.com
Offutt Air Force Base History
The year is 1888, and Pres. Grover Cleveland has just signed into law a bill that will lead to the establishment of Fort Crook. In 1948, that Army post gained a new name: Offutt Air Force Base. The history of Offutt Air Force Base is truly unlike that of any other military installation. In the face of adversity, it has overcome challenges during the United States’ rise to global prominence, was active during the golden age of flight, and served as a wartime bomber plant. The base remained ever vigilant during the Cold War and continues to do so as a combatant of 21st-century threats. Its remarkable existence of nearly 125 years can serve as a road map of US history. Today, the 55th Wing serves as the host unit for Offutt Air Force Base; its motto, “Videmus Omnia” (“We See All”), can also be applied to the saga of the base.
Benjamin Justman, Sarpy County Museum Director, holds a Masters of Arts in History from Western Illinois University as well as a Bachelors in History from Central College and received his Museum Studies Certification from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. He was previously involved with both small and large museums, including the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and the Imperial War Museum in London. Ben is an author of two books, Offutt Air Force and Bellevue part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.
“Nuts and Bolts and Beyond”
This class is designed to improve overall writing skill by covering some basic techniques of creative writing. It will help participants generate better work through developing their powers of observation and analysis, and through employing the use of concrete language, details, and imagery. The class will help participants become aware of how language rhythms, tone, and point of view in writing are integrated to convey meaning.
Margaret Lukas is a Nebraska Arts Council award winner and for eleven years has been an instructor in UNO’s Writer’s Workshop. Her first novel was published in 2014. She’s recently finished her second.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Call or email: Wayne Anson, (308) 227-3221, firstname.lastname@example.org
To register for the Writers Workshop or explore details: nebraskawriters.org