Enjoy a day of words to celebrate nature and National Poetry Month! The day will start with two poetry writing workshops, one for adults and one for youth, led by several amazing local poets. After a "bring-your-own" picnic lunch, we will finish with a public reading of poems by both professional writers and workshop attendees...all with the beautiful prairie as a backdrop.
Free admission (donations welcome). This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.
Matt Mason will oversee the youth workshop. Matt has won a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards; was a finalist for the position of Nebraska State Poet; and organized and ran poetry programming with the U.S. Department of State in Nepal, Romania, Botswana, and Belarus. He has over 200 publications in magazines and anthologies, including Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry and on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’ Almanac. His most recent book, The Baby That Ate Cincinnati, was released in 2013. Matt lives in Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and daughters Sophia and Lucia.
The adult workshop will be led by Sarah McKinstry-Brown. Winner of two Nebraska Book Awards, Sarah studied poetry at the University of New Mexico, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Nebraska. She’s been published everywhere from West Virginia’s standardized tests to literary journals such as Rattle, Ruminate, Sugar House Review, The Briar Cliff Review, and The South Dakota Review. Sarah is the founder, curator, and host of feedback at KANEKO, an interactive literary reading series. For more info, go to: hellosmb.com.