Published Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm / Updated at 7:51 pm
Prairie Poetry at Pioneers Park

Nebraska poets Twyla M. Hansen and Amy Plettner will present a Winter Poetry event on Jan. 26. from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Prairie Building Auditorium at Pioneers Park Nature Center in Lincoln.

Recently named Nebraska State Poet, Hansen’s work has appeared in numerous publications. She has published six books of poetry, and was presented with the High Plains Book Award and the WILLA Literary Award, as well as the Nebraska Book Award in 2004 and 2012. While grounds manager and arboretum curator at Nebraska Wesleyan University, she enrolled in writing classes with William Kloefkorn, named Nebraska State Poet in 1982 and served until his death in 2011. Only one other poet has held the distinction, when John G. Neihardt was named the first State Poet in 1921 and served until his death in 1973.

Plettner has appeared in numerous anthologies and published her first collection of poetry, Undoing Orion’s Belt, in 2011. She is the caretaker at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon in Denton.

Following the reading will be a conversation about poetry and writing, including questions from the audience and the opportunity for visitors to share their poetry. Sponsored by the Nature Center with a suggested donation of $5, the event is open to the public and all ages are welcome.

Since 1963, the Pioneers Park Nature Center has served the Lincoln area as an environmental education center and wildlife sanctuary and includes 668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream.

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