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Marjorie Saiser on the Writer’s Almanac

Backwaters Press poet, Marjorie Saiser, will be featured on Garrison Keillor’s daily program, The Writer’s Almanac, on July 3rd. Keillor will read Saiser’s poem, “Last Day of Kindergarten” from her most recent collection, I Have Nothing to Say about Fire. Saiser says of the work, “The poem is based on a photo of my grandson […]

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Upcoming Readings for Zeina Hashem Beck

Backwaters Prize winner, Zeina Hashem Beck, has three US readings in April. April 9, at the Pen and Brush, NYC April 11, Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA April 15, Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington, D.C.

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Backwaters Press presents a reading with Susan Elbe and Todd Robinson

Wednesday, July 29th at 7 p.m. This free reading is held at UNO’s Community Engagement Center on the 2nd floor. Please join us! This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. Parking information can be found here: More information about the poets: Susan Elbe is the author of […]

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Backwaters’ poet Susan Firer featured on Whad’Ya Know?

Susan Firer, author of Backwaters Press collections The Laugh We Make When We Fall and Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People was featured on the April 25th episode of the popular public radio program, Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? Susan read poems, and talked the time she was accused of giving Allen Ginsberg food poisoning. Susan was the poet laureate of […]

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Zeina Hashem Beck Recites “Winged Carrots”

From the B-Change YouTube channel. B-Change describes themselves thus, “With an intellectual approach to entertainment and a lighthearted, creative approach to news, B-Change is a platform for people who would like their neighbors to be kinder, their parents to be more understanding, their children to be less isolated and life to be more stimulating.”

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Anstett on Verse Daily

Backwaters Prize winner, Aaron Anstett, will be featured this week (3/15/15) on Verse Daily.  Check the archives for exact day of publication. Anstett won the 2004 Backwaters Prize for his manuscript, No Accident, and the press published his latest collection of poems, Insofar as Heretofor, in 2014.

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2013 Backwaters Prize winner in Sukoon

Our latest award winner, Zeina Hashem Beck, let us know that four of the poems from her collection have been selected for the Summer 2014 issue of Sukoon, an Arab-themed magazine.

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The Backwaters Press presents an evening with Rebecca Rotert and Aaron Anstett

Wednesday, October 29 at 7:00pm; House of Loom The Backwaters Press quarterly reading series continues with this event to be held at House of Loom. We will celebrate the new titles from the authors. Desserts will be provided. The reading is free and open to the public.More information:Rebecca Rotert received her MA from Hollins College […]

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Interview with Zeina Hashem Beck

The 2013 Backwaters Prize winner, Zeina Hashem Beck, has a conversation with arts and culture blog, Danna Writes. The form of the interview is a correspondence that focuses on the role of place — especially the city of Beirut for Beck — in the practice of poetry.

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Upcoming Readings for the Release of The Untidy Season

Book Release at House of Loom Come celebrate the release of The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets on Sunday March 23, 2014 at House of Loom – 1012 South 10th Street, Omaha. This anthology published by The Backwaters Press is a collection filled with poems by Nebraska female poets. Some poets still live in the […]

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