Wednesday, March 14, acclaimed poet, Allison Hedge-Coke is the featured poet at the noon-time Wednesday Words. The reading is co-sponsored by the Backwaters Press and the Nebraska Arts Council. The current season, the Braided River Series, focuses on well known or up-and-coming poets from a broad array of backgrounds, working in Nebraska. The reading is held in the Fred Simon Gallery at the offices of the Nebraska Arts Council. For more information on the series, please visit the website of the Nebraska Arts Council.
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Allison Adelle Hedge Coke, currently holds the Reynolds Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska and formerly held a National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at Hartwick College. Her five authored books include: Dog Road Woman (American Book Award), Wordcraft Writer of the Year for two Poetry volumes Off-Season City Pipe and Blood Run (verse-play); and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, an AIROS Book-of-the-Month memoir. Fiction publications include: American Fiction, Black Renaissance Noire, Florida Review, and Bombay Gin. Her play, Icicles, was a National Repertory Theater National Play Award First Finalist. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections. She is Oendat, French Canadian, Portuguese, Tsalagi, Irish, Scot, English, Metis and Creek descent and came of age cropping tobacco and working fields, waters, and working in factories. A 2011 Lannan Foundation Marfa Writing Resident, annual Weymouth Center Fellow, and UNL Great Plains Center Fellow, Hedge Coke directs the Literary Sandhill Cranefest and Reynolds Series, and is senior editor of Platte Valley Review.