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Language and Literature Department to Host Plains Writers Series and Poetry Slam

Published Friday, October 23rd, 2015

The Plains Writers Series will feature four authors on Nov. 19. Poetry Slam XXXIV will follow in the evening.

Wayne State College’s Language and Literature Department, the School of Arts and Humanities, and the WSC Press will hold this fall’s Plains Writers Series on Thursday, Nov. 19.  

The Plains Writers Series attracts attention to the prose and poetry of local Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences. 

This fall’s Plains Writers Series will highlight four authors: Sara Henning, Jim Reese, Mark Sanders, and Tom C. Hunley. The authors will share selected pieces of their recent works in the lounge on the second floor of the Humanities Building at Wayne State College.

Sara Henning and Jim Reese will present at 1 p.m., and Mark Sanders and Tom C. Hunley will present at 2 p.m.

Following the Plains Writers Series will be Poetry Slam XXXIV. The poetry slam will be held at The Max Bar and Grill in downtown Wayne beginning at 7 p.m., with registration starting at 6 p.m. To register, participants need four original poems, and registration costs $5.

All events are free and open to the public. 

Author Bios

Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink 2013), as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (Dancing Girl Press 2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line Press 2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in journals such as Crazyhorse, Quarterly West, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, and RHINO. Winner of the 2015 Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, she is a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, where she serves as associate editor of Sundress Publications.

Jim Reese is an Associate Professor of English; Director of the Great Plains Writers’ Tour at Mount Marty College in Yankton, S.D.; and Editor-in-Chief of 4 PM Count. Reese’s poetry and prose have been widely published, most recently in New York Quarterly, Poetry East, Paterson Literary Review, Louisiana Literature Review and elsewhere. His book Really Happy was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2014.

Mark Sanders is a Great Plains native, and he was raised and educated in Nebraska, where he took his first Ph.D. in 1989. He holds a second Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Idaho (2013). His poems, stories, critical essays, and creative essays have appeared in publications in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Australia, including Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Shenandoah, River Teeth, and Western American Literature. Among his books of poetry are Before We Lost Our Ways, Here in the Big Empty, The Suicide, Conditions of Grace: New and Selected Poems, and Landscapes, with Horses. His critical publications include Riddled with Light: Metaphor in the Poetry of W. B. Yeats and The Weight of the Weather: Regarding the Poetry of Ted Kooser. His forthcoming short story collection is Why Guineas Fly, and a retrospective anthology, A Sandhills Reader: Thirty Years of Great Writing from the Great Plains, will be coming out in 2015.

Tom C. Hunley is a professor of English/Creative Writing at Western Kentucky University, the director of Steel Toe Books, and a guitarist/songwriter for Night of the Living Dead Poets Society. He is the author of 13 books of poetry and prose and the co-editor, with Alexandria Peary, of Creative Writing Pedagogies for the Twenty-First Century (Southern Illinois University Press 2015). His poems have appeared in Paddlefish, Southern Poetry Review, Rattle, TriQuarterly, New York Quarterly, River Styx, Crab Orchard Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere.

For more information, contact Chad Christensen, WSC Press Manager, at 402-375-7118 or at wscpress@wsc.edu. Visit their website at wscpress.com.

Wayne State College, a regional, public four-year college in northeast Nebraska, is a member of the Nebraska State College System.