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Plains Writers Series Features Three Generations of Poets


WAYNE, Neb. (Nov. 10, 2009) - Wayne State College Language and Literature Department,  the School of Arts and Humanities and WSC Press will host the Plains Writers Series, Nov. 19. Nebraska, Missouri and South Dakota poets will read their work. There is no admission charge.

Scheduled twice a year, the Plains Writers Series event celebrates the prose and poetry of local writers to read from their work.

Authors will read in three sessions during the day in the second-floor lounge of the Humanities Building. Two veteran poets will read from their work at 9:30 am: William Trowbridge of Lee's Summit, Mo., and David Allan Evans of Brookings, S.D.


Trowbridge is the author of The Complete Book of Kong (Southeast Missouri State UP, 2003) and Flickers (University of Arkansas Press, 2001). Evans wrote This Water. These Rocks (San Francisco Bay Press, 2009) and The Bullrider's Advise: New and Selected Poems (Center for Western Studies, 2004).

Another session begins at 11 a.m. with another generation of poets: Lee Ann Roripaugh from Vermillion, S.D. and Omaha poet Steve Langan.

Roripaugh is the author of On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year (Southern Illinois UP, 2009) and Year of the Snake (Southern Illinois UP, 2004). Langan wrote Meet Me at the Happy Bar (BlazeVOX Books, 2009) and Notes on Exile and Other Poems (The Backwaters Press, 2005).

The poetry session at 2 p.m. will feature the newest authors: Timothy Black of Wakefield, author of Connecticut Shade (WSC Press, 2008) and Amy Plettner of Denton.

Later that evening, the bi-annual longest running poetry slam of Nebraska continues with Slam XXII at the Max Bar and Grill in downtown Wayne. All are welcome to compete by entering four poems and paying a $5 entry fee at 6:30 p.m. The competition begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.


For information: Cynthia Black, WSC Press, 402-375-7118,


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