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Poet MEL KRUTZ is the author of various chapters, articles, and presentations on composition, children's literature, cognition and literary development, learning and teaching styles, reading, censorship issues, and poetry. In Nebraska her poetry and some prose can be found in Plainsongs; Fine Lines; The Nebraska English Counselor; Plain Song Review; Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace; Rural Voices: Literature from Rural Nebraska; A Journey to the Source of the Platte; A Journey Not Chosen: Stories (and Poetry) of Breast Cancer Survivors; Nebraska Life (forthcoming); Newsletters of the Nebraska Center for the Book, The Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, and The Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska; and books: Our Common Space: Preface and Poetry, and Reading and Writing Nebraska.
A retired professor of English and education, Dr Krutz taught composition, literature, and education courses; taught community writing courses; and began several writing groups. She serves as a judge in Nebraska for Letters About Literature, a national contest out of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. She was Chairman Pro Tem of the National Council of Teachers of English Committee Against Censorship; Organizing Chair of the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska in 1988, and its president again in 1998; co-founder and director of The Nebraska Writing and Storytelling Festival most of its thirteen years, 1980-1993, and editor of several of its eleven volumes of writings by Nebraskans. She was on the staff of Journey to the Source of the Platte for two summer sessions with Will Lock and Bill Kloefkorn; held various offices on the Nebraska English/Language Arts Council; was a Lied Center for the Performing Arts volunteer; and reviewed books for the Nebraska Library Commission, the Lincoln Journal Star, and other places. She served also on the board and as chair of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association, on the board of the Nebraska Center for the Book and as secretary, and this year as president elect; and has been a member of several national organizations. Her graduate degrees are from UNL.

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