The York College English Department will host Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen for a poetry reading and writer’s workshop on Sunday, March 23.
Hansen will present All Across the Plains, a selection of her poetry at 2 p.m., followed by a book signing at 3 p.m. Creating Poetry, a writer’s workshop, will take place from 4-6 p.m.
Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program. HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and Private donations.
Both the reading and workshop are open to the public. Anyone with an interest in poetry is encouraged to attend.
The poetry reading and workshop will be held in the York College Prayer Chapel, where seating is limited. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
About Twyla Hansen
Twyla Hansen has an extensive publishing history, both in books and periodicals. Her newest book, Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet (Backwaters Press 2011) with rancher-writer Linda Hasselstrom, won the 2012 Nebraska Book Award in poetry, and was Finalist for the Willa Literary Award and High Plains Book Award. She has five previous books, including Potato Soup, which won a 2004 Nebraska Book Award. Her poems were nominated twice for the Pushcart Prize.
Hansen's writing has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Prairie Fire newspaper, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Ascent, Natural Bridge, Organization & Environment, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry (Backwaters Press 2007), Encyclopedia of the Great Plains (University of Nebraska Press, 2004), Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West (Houghton Mifflin, 2004), Poets Against the War (Nation Books, 2003), and A Contemporary Reader for Creative Writing (Harcourt Brace, 1994).
Hansen was raised on a farm in northeast Nebraska on land her grandparents farmed in the late 1800s. She earned an undergraduate degree in horticulture and a master’s degree in agroecology, both from University of Nebraska Lincoln. Since 1982, she has worked as a horticulturist and arboretum curator at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Twyla and her husband Tom live in Lincoln where their yard is maintained as an urban wildlife habitat. In 1989, the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum awarded her the Johnny Appleseed Award for "sustained personal involvement in tree planting."
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