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.
This special edition of the Ames Reading series will be held in the Bennett Martin Public Library 4th floor auditorium.
Just in time for the 2017 statehood commemorations, Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867–2017, edited by Daniel Simon, will celebrate 150 years of the state’s rich literary history. The book will have its official statewide launch at Lincoln’s downtown library on Sunday, April 2, 2017, as part of the John H. Ames Reading Series. The program will including readings by State Poet Twyla Hansen and other poets featured in the anthology, including Glenna Luschei, Greg Kuzma, Greg Kosmicki, Mark Sanders, Marjorie Saiser, Mary K. Stillwell, Jim Cihlar, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, J.V. Brummels, and Cat Dixon, plus remarks by editor Daniel Simon. Books will be available for purchase and all royalties from the first edition will be donated to the Heritage Room Endowment Fund.
Daniel Simon was born in Fremont’s Dodge County Hospital, grew up in North Bend and Louisville, received his BA from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and earned an MA and PhD from Indiana University Bloomington. A poet and translator, he is the author of the verse collections Cast Off (2015) and After Reading Everything (2016). His work has been reprinted in the anthologies World English Poetry (2015) and Oklahoma Poems … and Their Poets (2014) and nominated for the PEN Center USA, Independent Publisher (ippy), Nebraska Book, and Oklahoma Book awards as well as the Pushcart, Forward, and T. S. Eliot prizes. Since 2008, he has been editor in chief of World Literature Today, the University of Oklahoma’s award-winning magazine of international literature and culture. He currently lives in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife and three daughters.
All Ames Reading Series programs are taped for later broadcast on 5 City TV, Time Warner Cable Channel 5. The broadcast schedule is available here, and recent programs can be viewed here. Many of these programs are also available for checkout on DVD.