Rural Poetry at Spring Gathering 2006

Rural Poetry Students Read at Spring Gathering

Ten Rural Nebraska Poets were recognized at the NeWP Annual Spring Gathering held on the UNL campus April 28, 2006. Six of these writers were on hand to read their original work, celebrating "local wonders"and reflecting rural life in Nebraska. Those present were: Chelsea Amundson, Candiace Clark, Julie Coddington, Tracy Fessler, Luke Hollis and Amanda Savely. Those poets not in attendance were: Kellen Ballagh, Brandon S. O'Neal, and Carl Pelster from Burwell Junior/Senior High (Connie Piper, instructor) and Jaime Crist from Cedar Bluffs Public School (LuAnn Soderling instructor).

The Rural Poetry celebration continued with readings at the State Capitol Building on May 5. Tracy Fessler was chosen as the Nebraska representative to the National celebration at the Library of Congress May 8.

Student poets

To Left: High School Poets Chelsea Amundson, Amanda Savely, Candiace Clark, Tracy Fessler, Julie Coddington, Luke Hollis

Awards Group 3
Poets with NeWP Director Robert Brooke (back left) and Rural Poetry Coordinator for Nebraska, Sharon Bishop (second from right)
Awards Group 2
Teachers and Students: Susan Martens-Baker, Chelsea, Candiace, Danielle Bethune, Amanda Savely, Peggy Knights, Tracy Fessler, Julie Coddington, Dorothy Miller, Luke Hollis
Chelsea Amundson
Fillmore Central High School
Susan Marens-Baker, Instructor
Candiace Clark
McCool Junction Public Schools
Danielle Bethune Instructor
Julie Coddington
Fillmore Central High School
Dorothy Miller Instructor
Tracy Fessler
Fillmore Central High School
Dorothy MIller, Instructor
Luke Hollis
Fillmore Central High School
Dorothy Miller Instructor
Amanda Savely
Tekamah-Herman High School
Peggy Knights Instructor