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John H. Ames Reading Series: Readings by Nebraska Authors

Readings are held in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. Programs begin at 2:00 PM. Call (402) 441-8516 for information.

The spring series has concluded; watch for new readings to be announced in the fall!

Book cover: Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017The April 2, 2017 Ames Reading Series marked the publication of Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, edited by Daniel Simon, celebrating 150 years of the state’s rich literary history. The program included readings by State Poet Twyla Hansen and other poets featured in the anthology, including Glenna Luschei, Greg Kuzma, Greg Kosmicki, Marjorie Saiser, Mary K. Stillwell, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, J.V. Brummels, and Cat Dixon, plus remarks by editor Daniel Simon.


All Ames Reading Series programs are taped for later broadcast on LNKTV City. The broadcast schedule is available here, and recent programs can be viewed here. Many of these programs are also available for checkout on DVD.

30 Years and 200+ Readings!
Lists of the 200+ Ames Readings from the past 30 years organized by presenter and by date are available here.

Contact the Heritage Room:

The Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors
Bennett Martin Public Library
136 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1899

Phone: 402-441-8516


Regular hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Support the Heritage Room:

Join the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association to support the Heritage Room. Donations to the Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries may also be designated for the Heritage Room.

Donate Books or Papers to the Heritage Room:

We would enjoy discussing any possible donations of works by Nebraska authors or author memorabilia with you. We provide a Certificate of Gift for those who cannot visit in person.