Great Plains Book of the Month

Each month the Center for Great Plains Studies features one book as its "Great Plains Book of the Month." We carefully choose books that are accessible and on topics of interest and importance for our region. They may be on any subject, of any genre, published within the last couple of years; occasionally we may feature a book published by or written at the Center. Mainly we want to bring attention to what we consider exceptional works both to learn from and enjoy.

November Book of the Month

Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017

Edited by Daniel Simon

Details: Literature; Poetry; Anthology

Publisher: Stephen F. Austin State University Press, 2017 

This anthology comprises over 80 poets, including such celebrated poets as John Neihardt, William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser and Twyla Hansen. Additionally, there are poems by writers more known for their prose such as Willa Cather, Loren Eiseley and Tillie Olsen. The poems are arranged chronologically, which helps readers understand the growth of poetry in Nebraska. Four broad themes are covered: land, time, language and community. These give readers and understanding of the special place poetry has created in the cultural life of the Great Plains.

Past Great Plains Books of the Month:

American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains, Dan Flores (Jan. 2017)

A Chorus of Cranes: The Cranes of North America and the World, Paul Johnsgard (Feb. 2017)

Encounter on the Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Dispossession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930, Karen Hansen (March 2017)

Wild Again: The Struggle to Save the Black-Footed Ferret, David Jachowski (April 2017)

A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor, Joe Starita (May 2017)

Natives of a Dry Place: Stories of Dakota Before the Oil Boom, Richard Edwards (June 2017)

Towards a Prairie Atonement, Trevor Herriot (July 2017)

Walking the Llano, Shelley Armitage (August 2017)

Barnstorming the Prairie, Jason Weems (September 2017)

Homesteading the PlainsRichard Edwards, Rebecca Wingo, Jacob Friefeld

Nebraska Poetry