Backwaters Press April 2018 Reading

Wednesday, April 25 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM, Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth Street, Omaha).

Lucy Atkins, Mary Hickman and Natasha Kessler-Rains (select for larger image)

This event is free and open to the public, so join us! Doors open at 6:30pm. Arrive early to enjoy refreshments and peruse the book cart!

Lucy Adkins attended the University of Nebraska and received her degree from Auburn University in Alabama. Her poetry has been published in various journals and magazines which include Rhino, Red Wheelbarrow, Northeast, South Dakota Review, Concho River Review, and several anthologies including Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace, Women Write Resistance, Crazy Woman Creek, and the Poets Against the War anthology. Her chapbook, One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife, was published in 2007 by Pudding House Press, and her non-fiction book, Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block and Transform Your Life, co-written with Becky Breed, was published by WriteLife in 2013. She also co-writes a blog of encouragement and inspiration for writers which can be found at

Mary Hickman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of two books of poetry, This Is the Homeland (Ahsahta Press, 2015) and Rayfish (Omnidawn Publications, 2017), which won the 2016 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and two chapbooks, Ecce Animot (Projective Industries, 2012) and How to Be Healthy and Heal (Cosa Nostra Editions, 2011). Her work has been featured as a Boston Review Poet’s Sampler and in the PEN America Poetry Series. Her poems and essays have also appeared in numerous journals, including Colorado Review, Fourteen Hills, jubilat, and Sonora Review. She recently read in Turkey and Armenia with the US Department of State’s American Writers on Tour program. A recipient of the Elizabeth Dietz Best Essay Prize, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, and two Iowa Arts Council Awards, she is currently finishing a dissertation on 20th century US poetry and the artist’s book.

Natasha Kessler-Rains is the author of Dismantling the Rabbit Altar and the collaborative chapbook SDVIG, co-written with Joshua Ware. Her writing has appeared in many journals, such as iO Poetry, Blue Mesa Review, and South Dakota Review. She received her MFA from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and now teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at several area universities.

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