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MONICA KERSHNER

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MONICA KERSHNER jokes that she has had a twenty-four-year love affair with Nebraska. A Nebraska native, Kershner keeps threatening to leave for school, but always stays ... until recently, that is, when she moved to Denver. She received her BA and MA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her first book, Watching Her Poems Melting in the Rain, was a collection of poetry written at age eighteen. She's also the author of Parts. Her most recent chapbook is Gathering: 3 Works in Progress (Morpo Press). Poems, "On Being Indian in the 21st Century" and "Urban, 2001," are forthcoming in Red Ink's Identities and Stereotypes Issue (Spring 2002). She has worked as a legal secretary and has taught at two area universities, spending her free time working with young poets in the Omaha area. She is working on a series of readings called "Poets Attack" featuring poets ages 14-18. She is the founder of and was the emcee for Omaha's Quarterly Poetry Slam, but will soon be moving to Denver, where she hopes to pursue a degree in creative writing at Denver University.



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