Nebraska Poetry, a Sesquicentennial Anthology book that celebrates the state’s 150th birthday, will be unveiled at a 3 p.m. launch party at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library on Saturday, April 1, 2017.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Campus parking is open on weekends.
The first anthology of its scope, Nebraska Poetry encompasses 150 years of the state’s literary history, featuring over 80 poets and more than 180 poems. The historic collection includes poems by authors like Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley, and Tillie Olsen—as well as other remarkable writers from the late 19th to the mid 20th centuries.
The Sesquicentennial Commission endorsed the book as a Legacy Project of the Nebraska 150 Celebrations, which begin March 1, 2017. The book also includes a list of recommended readings and resources that explore the state’s poetry.
Twyla Hansen, Nebraska’s current state poet, wrote the foreword, and Daniel Simon’s introduction lays out the historical richness and thematic scope of the state’s poetry, from the earliest days of statehood to the present.
Poets taking part in reading various works are: JV Brummels, Michael Catherwood, Greg Kosmicki, Steve Langan, Matt Mason, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, Michael Skau, Miles Waggener, Art Homer, and Barbara Schmitz.
In addition to the book launch, a hand-printed collection of ten poems will also be available. The unbound special edition book contains poems selected from Daniel Simon and printed by Denise Brady, UNO Gallery Coordinator. It is designed as a companion book to the anthology book.