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Nebraska is famous for its fiction and non-fiction prose writers, but is less well known for its poets. In celebration of the sesquicentennial and National Poetry Month in April 2017, a chronological overview of the state’s poetry from 1867-2017 was gathered to create Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology. In addition to such internationally renowned writers as Willa Cather, John G. Neihardt, Loren Eiseley and Weldon Kees, the anthology includes the work of poets from the earliest days of statehood, important voices from throughout the 20th century and a rich sampling of contemporary poets. Nebraska Poet Laureate Twyla Hansen contributed to the foreword. The piece was published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press, an important champion of contemporary poetry in the state, and edited by Daniel Simon, a Nebraska native and published poet.

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