Lincoln City Libraries' Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors will host the book launch of "Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017" Sunday, April 2. The free program begins at 2 p.m. in the fourth-floor auditorium of Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th Street. The program is part of the John H. Ames Reading Series, which showcases Nebraska authors reading their own works.
The Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission has designated the book as a Legacy Project of the State's 150th birthday celebration, which began March 1. The book launch also coincides with the beginning of National Poetry Month.
The event will feature readings by State Poet Twyla Hansen and other poets whose work is represented in the anthology, including Glenna Luschei, Greg Kuzma, Greg Kosmicki, Mark Sanders, Marjorie Saiser, Mary K. Stillwell, Jim Cihlar, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, J.V. Brummels and Cat Dixon. Book editor Daniel Simon also will make remarks.
The first anthology of its scope, Nebraska Poetry encompasses 150 years of the State's literary history, featuring 80-plus poets and more than 180 poems. "This is a broadly inclusive as well as diverse anthology," said Editor Daniel Simon. "Nebraska Poetry celebrates the State's brilliant contribution not only to Great Plains literature but to the broader traditions of American letters."
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the launch, and proceeds will benefit the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room Endowment Fund.
The John H. Ames Reading Series is recorded by 5 CITY-TV, the City's government access channel. Previous programs are available at lincolnlibraries.org and may be borrowed from Lincoln City Libraries.
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