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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.

This special edition of the Ames Reading series will be held in the Bennett Martin Public Library 4th floor auditorium.

Book cover: Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, 1867-2017Just 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.

The October 23, 2016 Ames Reading Series featured Ladette Randolph, editor of A Different Plain, Jonis Agee, Anna Monardo, Timothy Schaffert, Karen Shoemaker and Brent Spencer.


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.

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.