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Final Plains Writers Series and Lucky 13 Fiction Slam of 2016 Planned For December

Published Thursday, November 10th, 2016

The final series will feature three authors: Teri Grimm, Liz Kay, and Tom Paine.

Wayne State College’s Language and Literature Department, the School of Arts and Humanities and the WSC Press will host the final Plains Writers Series of the year on Thursday, Dec. 8. The Plains Writers Series is hosted several times a year in an attempt to bring 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 three authors: Teri Grimm, Liz Kay, and Tom Paine. 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 at 1 p.m. and again at 2 p.m.

Following the Plains Writers Series will be the Lucky 13 Fiction Slam. The fiction slam will be hosted at the Max Bar and Grill in downtown Wayne starting at 7 p.m., with required prelims starting at 5 p.m. If anyone would like to participate in the slam they will need two original short stories and $5 for registration at the door. All events are free and open to the public. 

Author Bios

Teri Grimm is a fourth generation Floridian. She received her BFA in poetry at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her MFA at Vermont College. Her poetry collection, "Dirt Eaters," was chosen for the University of Central Florida’s contemporary poetry series and was published by the University Press of Florida. Her second collection, Becoming Lyla Dore, is upcoming from Red Hen Press in the spring of 2016. Her writing has appeared in "Prairie Schooner," "Green Mountains Review," "The Rumpus," "Indiana Review," "South Dakota Review," "Connecticut Review," "Sugar House Review," "EAT," and "Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods," among other journals and anthologies and she is a contributor for the podcast, Swamp Radio. She is the recipient of a Nebraska Arts Fellowship and has been awarded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center. She teaches in the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s MFA program.

Liz Kay is a founding editor of "Spark Wheel Press" and the journal burntdistrict, a journal of contemporary poetry from the editors of Spark Wheel Press. She holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of both an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Wendy Fort Foundation Prize for exemplary work in poetry. Her poems have appeared in such journals as "Beloit Poetry Journal," "RHINO," "Nimrod," "Willow Springs," "The New York Quarterly," "Iron Horse Literary Review," "Redactions," and "Sugar House Review." "RHINO" is a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses. "RHINO Poetry" is supported in part by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and Poets and Writers, Inc. Kay’s debut novel, "Monsters: A Love Story," was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in June of 2016. Kay lives in Omaha with her husband and three sons. 

Tom Paine’s poetry is upcoming in "The Nation, Fence, Green Mountain Review" and "Epiphany." Paine has written "A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns," a new collection of stories. Stories have been published in "The New Yorker," "Harper’s," "The Boston Review," "The New England Review," and the award anthologies, The O. Henry Awards, and The Pushcart Prize. His first collection, "Scar Vegas" (Harcourt), was a "New York Times" Notable Book of the Year and a Pen/Hemingway finalist. He is an associate professor in the MFA program at the University of New Hampshire. 

For more information, please contact Chad Christensen, WSC Press, at 402-375-7118 or at wscpress@wsc.edu