UNL News Releases 02/11/03

Reading from 'Rural Voices' Is Feb. 23 at Great Plains Gallery

WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 23, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Great Plains Art Collection in the Christlieb Gallery, 1155 Q Street

Lincoln, Neb., Feb. 11, 2003--Readings from the anthology of rural Nebraska writing, "Rural Voices: Literature From Rural Nebraska," will be given Feb. 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Great Plains Art Collection in the Christlieb Gallery, 1155 Q St., on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.

"Rural Voices," edited by Christopher Rand Gustafson of Mead and published in 2002 by Dirt Road Press, is a compilation of stories, poetry, and remembrances written by 126 people of all ages and stations from rural Nebraska. The reading is free and open to the public and will feature the editor and 19 contributors from southeast Nebraska. A book-signing and reception will follow the reading.

Gustafson, who recently completed his undergraduate degree at the UNL and is now attending graduate school in agricultural economics, will introduce "Rural Voices" to the audience and explain how the anthology came into publication. The reading will provide an opportunity for the public to hear and interact with the book's editor and contributors, many of whom have not been published elsewhere. The writings cover a wide range of topics and experiences, but all are anchored in place and the values inherited by the descendants of the plains.

The "Rural Voices" contributing readers in addition Gustafson will be: Dr. Peter Beeson, Lora Black, Becky Faber, Anneke Gustafson, Twyla Hansen, Jim Reese and Marjorie Saiser, all of Lincoln; Mel Krutz of Seward; Renee Lanik of Hickman; Vesta Linderman of Falls City; Max Malone of Waverly; Shirley Miller of Wahoo; LoRee Peery of Walton; Elaine Phillips of Beaver Crossing; Dick Schanou of Aurora; Bruce Stock of Ashland; Lucas Christian Stock of Murdock; and Fredrick Zydek of Omaha.

The reading is sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council, Friends of the UNL Libraries, Friends of the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association/Lincoln City Library Foundation. For more information, contact the Center for Great Plains Studies at (402) 472-3082 or visit its Web site (www.unl.edu/plains).

CONTACT: Kim Weide, Center for Great Plains Studies, (402) 472-3964 (kweide1@unl.edu)

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Posted by Tom Simons, Office of University Communications
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