National Poetry Month

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Sponsored by the Department of English and its Creative Writing Program

Literary events throughout the month! Meet other student writers, hear award-winning authors discuss their work, and learn more about creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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Poster for Kwame Dawes and Friends poetry reading - information below

"Poetry for Our Times" with Kwame Dawes and Friends

Wednesday, April 5, 12:00 pm, Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons

Kwame Dawes leads a reading with fellow University of Nebraska-Lincoln poets, including Hope Wabuke, Zach Mueller, Ángel García, Adrienne Christian, and Jaime Brunton.

Co-sponsored by University Libraries.

Poster for Aphrodite's Daughers poetry reading - information below

Aphrodite’s Daughters: Three Modernist Poets of the Harlem Renaissance

Wednesday, April 5 ,3:30 pm, Love Library South Room 221 (Peterson Room)

Poetry reading of three women activist-writers from the Harlem Renaissance profiled in Aphrodite’s Daughters: Three Modernist Poets of the Harlem Renaissance by Maureen Honey, Professor of English.

The Harlem Renaissance was a watershed moment for racial uplift, poetic innovation, sexual liberation, and female empowerment. Aphrodite’s Daughters introduces us to three amazing women who were at the forefront of all these developments, poetic iconoclasts who pioneered new and candidly erotic forms of female self-expression.

Professor Honey will be joined by readers and fellow English faculty Kwakiutl Dreher, Amelia María de la Luz Montes, and Hope Wabuke.

Co-sponsored by University Libraries.

Poster for Biljana D. Obradovic poetry reading - information below

Poetry Reading with Biljana D. Obradovic

Wednesday, April 12, 7:00 PM, Andrews Hall Bailey Library

Biljana D. Obradovic is a Serbian-American poet and translator and an alum of the UNL Creative Writing Program. Her collections of poems include: Le Riche Monde (1999), Frozen Embraces (2001), Little Disruptions (2012), and the forthcoming Incognito (2017).

She has published many Serbian translations and is co-editor with Dubravka Djurić of Cat Painters: An Anthology of Contemporary Serbian Poetry (New Orleans: Dialogos Press, 2016). She reviews books for World Literature Today and others. Her poems have been translated into Serbian, Italian, Arabic and Korean.

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Poetry Reading with Grace Bauer and Hope Wabuke

Tuesday, April 18, 6:00 pm, Great Plains Art Museum

Grace Bauer’s most recent book of poems is Mean/Time, just published by the University of New Mexico Press. A 20th anniversary re-issue of her collection The Women at the Well was published in 2016. Other books include Nowhere All At Once (winner of the Society of Midland Authors Book of the Year Award), Retreats & Recognitions and Beholding Eye, as well as several chapbooks. She is also co-editor (with Julie Kane) of the anthology, Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox, and a forthcoming anthology of Nasty Women Poets (also co-edited with Julie Kane) from Lost Horse Press. Grace has taught Creative Writing, Literature, and Women’s Studies at UNL since 1994.

Hope Wabuke’s chapbook Movement No. 1: Trains was published in 2015 by dancing girl press. Her second chapbook, The Leaving, was published in 2016 by Akashic Press as part of Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani’s New Generation African Poets series. Hope has received many fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and more. Hope is also a contributing editor for The Root and a contributing writer for Kirkus Reviews, and she is a founding board member of the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a specialty in Creative Writing and African Poetic

A Sense of Place: Poetry from Programs in English as a Second Language

Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 PM, Adele Coryell Hall Learning Commons

Sponsored by the University Libraries Diversity Committee

Patrick Randolph and students from Programs in English as a Second Language (PIESL) will read from their work.

Sponsored by University Libraries.

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Poetry Reading with Jeff Alessandrelli and Trey Moody

Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 pm, Love Library South Room 221 (Peterson Room)

Jeff Alessandrelli and Trey Moody are alumni of the Creative Writing Program from the Department of English.

Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound (Ravenna Press) and three chapbooks, including Don't Let Me Forget to Feed the Sharks (Poor Claudia). His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Redivider, Salt Hill, Western Humanities Review, Gulf Coast and Boston Review, among others. This Last Time Will Be the First (2014), from Burnside Review, is his first full length collection of poetry. He is an assistant professor of English at Peru State College, and an editor for Dikembe Press.

Trey Moody is the author of Thought That Nature (Sarabande Books, 2014), selected by Cole Swensen for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry. His poems have appeared in The Antioch Review, Best New Poets, Boston Review, The Cincinnati Review, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, Washington Square, and West Branch. He holds an M.F.A. from Texas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Trey is currently resident assistant professor of creative writing at Creighton University.

Co-sponsored by University Libraries.

Photo of hand in pocket with text 'National Poem in your Pocket Day Thursday, April 27

National Poem In Your Pocket Day

Thursday, April 27

As part of National Poetry Month in April, the Academy of American Poets’ established National Poem In Your Pocket Day in 2002. This year the day falls on April 27th. The idea is simple: people are encouraged to choose a poem to carry in their pocket and share with others throughout the day. The Creative Writing Program invites and encourages everyone to participate… Students have shared poems with others in the student union, on buses, in convenience stores, at their jobs, in coffee houses, on street corners.

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UNL Slam Poetry Team Feature Performance

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 pm, Nebraska Union Auditorium

Honest, fierce and creative performances by nationally-competing student poets.