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Plains Writers Fiesta to Showcase Literature,
Music and Art on April 10

[updated 3-31-2008]


Wayne State College’s School of Arts and Humanities and WSC Press will present the Plains Writers Fiesta on April 10. The fiesta will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Ley Theater on the second floor in the Education Building. The event is free and open to the public.


The fiesta will consist of readings by authors from the Great Plains area, an art exhibit, and music performances throughout the day.


The first reading, which will begin at 9:30 a.m., will feature Max McElwain of Wayne, author of The Only Dance in Iowa, a history of six-girl basketball in Iowa; and David Bristow of Norfolk, author of A Dirty Wicked Town, a history of frontier Omaha.


The second reading starts at 11 a.m. and will feature Anna Monardo of Omaha, author of Falling in Love with Natassia, and Ed Allen of Vermillion, S.D., author of Mustang Sally.


The final reading at 2 p.m. will feature keynote speaker Linda Hasselstrom of Hermosa, S.D., with her presentation titled “The Commonplace I Sing”. Hasselstrom is the author of several books of essays, memoirs, and poetry including Between Grass and Sky, Feels Like Far, Going Over East, and most notably, Bitter Creek Junction.


There will be an opportunity for audience discussion and questions for the authors after each reading. There will also be musical intermissions in between readings by Alan Bruflat and Debra Nissen, Daniel Kruse and Vito Cole.


The fiesta will feature the artwork of Celeste Sullivan, Patricia Portinier and Joan Swim from The Creative View Arts Center out of Springview, Neb. The art show begins at 9 a.m. and will continue until 4:30 p.m.


The audience is encouraged to enjoy the art show and browse for books and music during the musical performances. All proceeds from sales will go to the authors, artists and musicians for the work they place for sale. Throughout the day, Sigma Tau Delta will be providing snacks and drinks.


Poetry Slam XIX will close fiesta events at 7 p.m. at The Maxx Again Bar and Grill in downtown Wayne. Those who wish to compete should be at The Maxx by 6:30 p.m. with four original poems and a $5 entry fee. The slam provides cash prizes to the top four poets. This event is open to the public and free to attend. The Wayne Poetry Slam is the oldest poetry slam/competition in the Great Plains.


The Plains Writers Fiesta is sponsored by WSC Press, WSC Department of Language and Literature, WSC School of Arts and Humanities and The Nebraska Humanities Council.


The Plains Writers Fiesta is one of many grants funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC). NHC has awarded more than $100,000 in grants each year. Created in 1973 as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska Humanities Council (NHC) is an independent, non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of public and academic members. The Nebraska Humanities Council funds programs that explore Nebraska’s heritage, build community awareness, and strengthen our ties to cultural traditions at home and abroad.


Any non-profit group is eligible to apply for a grant from the NHC.  The NHC staff is available for grant consultation and will read proposal drafts. Contact the NHC office if you need assistance with a project idea.


For a copy of Nebraska Humanities Council grant guidelines, contact the Council at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone 402-474-2131, fax 402-474-4852, or e-mail . The entire grant guideline packet is at .


For anymore information on the Plains Writers Fiesta please contact WSC Press.



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