Indigo Bridge will be hosting another round of poetry each Thursday evening during the month of September. Through organizing events for National Poetry Month in April, I was lucky to get to know some of the poets from the Lincoln community. At that time, I didn’t know the depths of this immense group of poets within our midst. As I am exposed to new poets, I am continually amazed at the work that is being created right here in our town. I hope you will join us each Thursday evening at Indigo as we offer the opportunity for you to experience the wealth of poetry that is a treasure within our community.
– Kate Gracie
9/5 at 7 pm, Poetry Reading:
Stand Up! Women Write Resistance with poets Grace Bauer, Jennifer Perrine, Sara Henning, Laura Madeline Wiseman, and Marianne Kunkel reading from Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence.
Kwame Dawes writes about the anthology: “One of the most pernicious forms of violence enacted against women is the silencing of those who have been violated and abused. The poems in Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence constitute a collective shout of alarm and defiance, in the face of such silencing. The voices are rich in power, nuance, raw honesty, and unquestionable grace and beauty. This generous and ambitious anthology is a gathering of necessary and affirming poems written by some of the best poets writing in America today.”
Grace Bauer’s books include Retreats & Recognitions, Beholding Eye, and The Women at the Well, as well as several chapbooks of poems. She is also co-editor of the anthology Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical & Creative Responses to Everette Maddox. Her poems, stories and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals. She teaches in the Creative Writing and Women’s Studies Programs at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Jennifer Perrine’s first collection of poems, The Body Is No Machine, won the 2008 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Poetry. Her second book, In the Human Zoo, received the 2010 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. In 2014, she will serve as a member of the U.S. Arts and Culture Delegation to Cuba. Perrine teaches in the English department and directs the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Drake University.
Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water, as well as a chapbook, To Speak of Dahlias . Her poetry, fiction, interviews and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Verse, Willow Springs, and the Crab Orchard Review. Currently a doctoral student in English and Creative Writing at the University of South Dakota, she serves as Managing Editor for The South Dakota Review.
Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of ten collections of poetry, including the full-length book Sprung , and the chapbook Men and Their Whims. Her chapbooks First Wife and Stranger Still are forthcoming. She is the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence.
Marianne Kunkel’s poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Poet Lore, Rattle, and elsewhere. Her chapbook is The Laughing Game (Finishing Line Press). She is a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the managing editor of Prairie Schooner.
9/12 from 7-8 pm, Book Launch:
Indigo Bridge will host a book launch for local poet Mary K. Stillwell to celebrate the new release of her most recent publication, The Life and Poetry of Ted Kooser.
A Nebraska native, Mary K. Stillwell has studied writing in New York with William Packard and on the plains with Ted Kooser. Stillwell earned her PhD in plains literature from the University of Nebraska– Lincoln. She served as co-editor of Nebraska Presence, an anthology of contemporary Nebraska poets, and has published her work widely, with poems appearing in The Paris Review, The Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Midwest Quarterly, South Dakota Review, The New York Quarterly, and numerous anthologies. Her first full-length collection of poems was Moving to Malibu.
Stillwell’s The Life and Poetry of Ted Kooser, the first full-length study of the former U.S. Poet Laureate, will be published in September 1, 2013, by the University of Nebraska Press. Her chapbook of poems, Fallen Angels, will be published October 25, 2013. Maps & Destinations: New and Selected Poems will be published this November.
9/19 from 7-8:00 pm, Group Poetry Reading:
Poetry reading with local poets Marge Saiser, Lucy Adkins, and Amy Plettner. Poets will read from their most recent works.
Marge Saiser: Losing the Ring in the River
Lucy Adkins: Writing in Community
Amy Plettner: Undoing Orion’s Belt
Marge Saiser has seven books of poetry, the most recent being Losing the Ring in the River, which uses persona poems to tell a story of three generations. Saiser has received an Academy of American Poets Award, several Nebraska Book Awards, and the Distinguished Artist Award in Poetry. Her collection, Beside You at the Stoplight, won the Little Blue Stem Award in 2010. Her poems have been published in Prairie Schooner, Field, Chattahoochee Review, burntdistrict, and other journals. Saiser is co-editor of Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace, an anthology of writing by women on the Great Plains, and co-editor of Road Trip: Conversations with Writers.
Lucy Adkins received her bachelor’s degree at Auburn University in Alabama. Her poetry has been published in Owen Wister Review, Nebraska Territory, Plainsongs, Potpourri, Northeast, South Dakota Review, as well as the anthologies Poets Against the War, edited by Sam Hamill (2003), and Women Write Resistance, edited by Laura Madeline Wiseman (2013). Adkin’s books are One Life Shining and Writing in Community.
Amy Plettner’s collection of poetry, Undoing Orion’s Belt, won the William Kloefkorn Award. Her poetry has appeared in the anthologies Nebraska Presence and Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace. Other publications include Plains Song Review, Omaha World-Herald‘s “Everyday Poetry” series, Nebraska Life, and Celebrate: A Collection of Women’s Writing.
9/26 at 7 pm, Lincoln Underground Autumn Release
Lincoln Underground will host their Autumn Release and reading. Readers to be announced.
“We are a new literary magazine in the capital city of Lincoln, Nebraska. After witnessing an astounding amount of local literary talent each week at open mic night, we decided that this shocking outpouring of local genius must be shared with a wider audience. We want to make known just how much unknown talent there is here in Lincoln, and we encourage you to send us your work. We have a special focus on local writers and artists, but we also welcome submissions from outside the city, state, and country.
Part of the reason we chose the name The Lincoln Underground is that we want to be an alternative to the dominant literary establishment. We don’t really care whether you’ve been published before, if you have a degree, or who you know… we want to see quality creative work, and when we read something of quality that fits into our magazine, we’ll publish it. We believe that the literary world should operate on talent alone, not connections, prestige, or what types of writing are en vogue at the moment, so that’s how our magazine works. We published our inaugural issue in Winter 2012, and just released our sixth quarterly issue of the magazine. We’re happy to say that over the past year, our magazine has grown in length from 44 to 88 pages, in circulation from 100 to 200 copies per quarterly publication, and in contributors from 13 to 38 in recent issues.”