Nebraska Center for Writers

Top of the Rock
for April 1996


April is National Poetry Month, so here's a tribute to Nebraska's own, with a schedule of literary events around the state. Do your part to keep poetry alive in Nebraska. As Uncle Ezra said, "Poetry is news that stays news." And as Scoop Nisker says, "If you don't like the news, go out and make some yourself!" To keep the celebration going, check out the Academy of American Poets' website for National Poetry Month.

Name These Nebraska Poets



April 1996 Literary Events in Nebraska

April 5: Craig Womack, 7:30 p.m., Native American Community Development Corp., 2451 St. Mary's

April 8: Robert McEwen, 3:30 p.m., Lounge, English Department, University of Nebraska--Lincoln

April 11: Elizabeth Dodd & Steve Heller, 7:30 p.m., Milo Bail Student Center, Dodge Room, University of Nebraska--Omaha

April 12: Laura Tohe, 12:00 p.m., University of Nebraska--Omaha, Milo Bail Student Center, Dodge Room; 7:30 p.m., Native American Community Development Corp., 2451 St. Mary's

April 12: Doug Lee-Regier, poetry reading and book signing, New Dimensions in Wellness, 5002 Dodge, #306, Omaha, 7:00 p.m.

April 12: Steve Langan & Eamonn Wall, 8:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3333 Oakview Drive, Omaha (402.691.4557)

April 13: Richard Russo, 8:00 p.m., Auditorium of
Love Library, University of Nebraska--Lincoln

April 16: Elie Wiesel, 3:30 p.m., Lied Center for the Performing Arts, University of Nebraska--Lincoln

April 19: Adrian Louis, 12:00 p.m., University of Nebraska--Omaha, Milo Bail Student Center, Dodge Room; 7:30 p.m., Native American Community Development Corp., 2451 St. Mary's

April 26: Art Homer & Susan Aizenberg, 8:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3333 Oakview Drive, Omaha (402.691.4557)

April 28: Nancy McCleery & Nancy Fairchild, 2:00 p.m., The Diner Theater, 6064 Maple, Omaha, NE.

Nebraska Poetry Quiz


1. Which Nebraska poet wrote a book named one of the ten best of 1995 by Library Journal?

2. Which Nebraska poet, according to poet and critic Dana Gioia, "has written more perfect poems than any poet of his generation"?

3. Which Nebraska poet is known not only for his talents as a poet, editor, and teacher, but also as a devotee of flea markets and yard sales?

4. Which Nebraska poet works as a horticulturist and arboretum curator at Nebraska Wesleyan University?

5. Which Nebraska poet won first-
place in the 1978 Nebraska Hog-
Calling Championship?

6. Which Nebraska poet hails from Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland?

7. Which Nebraska poet was a full-
time truck driver for fourteen years?

8. Which Nebraska poet is a recip-
ient of the BBC Poetry Prize?

9. Which Nebraska poet has a metaphysical candle business?

10. Which Nebraska poet wrote a moving memoir about his Ozark childhood?

12. Which Nebraska poet has written several poems in the voice of a major Hollywood monster?

13. Which Nebraska poet (and fiction writer) is also a documentary filmmaker who spent a year in Sudan?

14. Which Nebraska poet is perhaps best known for what might be called an oral history project?

15. Which Nebraska poet is also a fiction writer with three books named Notable Books of the Year by The New York Times?

16. Which Nebraska poet was honored by William Stafford with the Pablo Neruda Prize?

17. Which Nebraska poet is an arborist living in Chadron?

18. Which Nebraska poet disap-
peared in San Francisco in 1955, never to be heard from again?

April 26: Art Homer & Susan Aizenberg, 8:00 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 3333 Oakview Drive, Omaha (402.691.4557)

April 28: Nancy McCleery & Nancy Fairchild, 2:00 p.m., The Diner Theater, 6064 Maple, Omaha, NE.

Past Top of the Rock Features

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