The Backwaters Press Presents: Sarah McKinstry-Brown, Chad Christensen, Marjorie Saiser

All are welcome to join us for this special reading event — celebrate summer and poetry!

The reading will be held on the campus of the University of Nebraska, Omaha at the Community Engagement Center, 2nd floor, in the OPPD Dialogue Room.

Bios of the readers:

Winner of two Nebraska Book Awards, Sarah McKinstry-Brown studied poetry at the University of New Mexico, the University of Sheffield, and the University of Nebraska under Missouri’s Poet Laureate, William Trowbridge. She’s been published everywhere from West Virginia’s standardized tests to literary journals such as RATTLE, Green Mountains Review, and The South Dakota Review. A Teaching Artist for the Lied Center for Performing Arts, McKinstry-Brown is the founder, organizer and host of feedback, a literary reading series that features writers reading from works in progress. For more info, go to:

Chad M. Christensen is the managing editor of the WSC Press and the co-director of the Plains Writers Series. He teaches writing and publishing at Wayne State College and earned his MFA from the University of Nebraska. He is also the co-founder of Pseudo Poseur Productions which is a co-op for writers, musicians, and artists in northeast Nebraska. His books of poetry are Ground Bound: a novel in verse and Shoot From the Hip. He also writes a column for the Wayne Stater called “High on the Plains.” He is currently working on his next book of poetry titled No More Passing Notes In Death Class.
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I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT FIRE is Marjorie Saiser’s fifth full-length book of poems. She co-edited ROAD TRIP (The Backwaters Press, 2003), featuring interviews with writers who teach and also co-edited TIMES OF SORROW/TIMES OF GRACE (The Backwaters Press, 2002), a collection of prose and poetry by women of the Great Plains. Saiser’s awards include the Willa Award for Poetry, four Nebraska Book Awards, the Nebraska Literary Heritage Award, an Academy of American Poets Award, the Vreelands Award, and the Leo Love Award. She was named Distinguished Artist in Poetry by the Nebraska Arts Council in 2009. Saiser’s poems have been published in the anthologies Nebraska Presence, Women Write Resistance, and The Untidy Season as well as in American Life in Poetry, the Writer’s Almanac, Prairie Schooner, Georgia Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Chattahoochee Review, Cream City Review, Smartish Pace, burntdistrict, RHINO, Fourth River, Field, and the Cimarron Review. She and her husband, Don, make their home in both Nebraska and Arizona.

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