John H. Ames Reading Series: Readings by Nebraska Authors
Readings are held Sundays in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors. Programs begin at 2:00 PM. Call (402) 441-8516 for information.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The 208th Ames Reading is interesting and varied:
Stephanie Grace Whitson was born in E. St. Louis, Illinois, but has spent many years in Lincoln and Otoe County. She received her BA from Southern Illinois University, an MA from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She had been writing full time since 1995; some of her interests include pioneer women’s history and quilting. Reflecting those interests, Stephanie has written many books; her latest is A Captain for Laura Rose (FaithWords, March 2014).
Karen Gettert Shoemaker was born and raised in O’Neill, Nebraska, lived in Omaha briefly, and has been in Lincoln since 1977. She has three UNL degrees, including a Ph.D. in creative writing. Her work, primarily fiction, appears in a number of publications; her most recent book is a novel, The Meaning of Names (Red Hen Press, March 2014).
Helen Waring Johnson lives in Geneva, Nebraska. She has a degree from UNL in English. During her studies, she discovered Weldon Kees, especially taking an interest in his poetry and music. In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of Kees birth, February 24, 1914, Helen briefly discusses and sings some of his musical works.
Andrew Jewell, born in North Platte, Nebraska, has lived in Lincoln since 2000. He has three degrees, from Hastings College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and UNL. He is an Associate Professor of Digital Projects at the UNL Libraries and the editor of The Willa Cather Archive. He has published several essays on Willa Cather and other American writers, on scholarly editing and digital humanities. Andy has edited, with Janis P. Stout, The Selected Letters of Willa Cather (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013).
Twyla Hansen grew up near Lyons, Nebraska; she received several degrees from UNL. She lives in Lincoln and worked for a number of years as Grounds Manager/Arboretum Curator at Nebraska Wesleyan University. One of her recent publications is Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet, co-authored with Linda Hasselstrom (Backwaters Press, 2011). In November 2013, Twyla was named Nebraska State Poet, 2013-2018.
Video from the October 20, 2013 John H. Ames Reading Series featuring Lucy Adkins, Becky Breed, Lisa Knopp, Marge Saiser, Mary K. Stillwell is now available, courtesy of 5 City TV:
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.Heritage Room