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Backwaters Prize for 2017

The Backwaters Press is excited to announce our 2017 winner of the Backwaters Prize. This year’s top prize is $2,500 and publication of the submitted manuscript. The press received over 300 manuscripts from around the world and our dedicated team of readers winnowed that number to the very best of the best, which were then submitted to […]

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Twyla Hansen to be featured on the Writer’s Almanac

Friend of the Press, and Nebraska State Poet, Twyla M. Hansen, sent us a delightful note of announcement the other day. The message read, in part, “My poem ‘Trying to Pray’ will be read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac on Sat. July 15. Third one from Rock-Tree-Bird–yay–I am thrilled!” We are so pleased […]

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Backwaters Press Reading Series with Liz Kay, Greg Kosmicki and David Wyatt

All are welcome to attend our free event! A founding editor of Spark Wheel Press and the journal burntdistrict, Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of both an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Wendy Fort Foundation Prize for exemplary work in poetry. Her poems […]

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Imaginary Gardens Reading – June 20

The Backwaters press has joined up with Imaginary Gardens for this special event to celebrate the release of the Backwaters Press 20th anniversary anthology. This event is free and open to the public.

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The Unblocked Workshop by The Backwaters Press – coming June 10

This summer, The Backwaters Press launches its new monthly workshop series with a session on common mistakes and how to avoid them. This free event series will offer information and insight on writing from experienced members of the community. Ranging from elements of craft and style, to feedback and critique of attendees’ work, and anywhere […]

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Two Backwaters Press Poets on The Writer’s Almanac

This week, two poets we have had the joy and privilege to publish will be featured on Garrison Keillor’s daily radio segment, The Writer’s Almanac. Friday, May 12, the poem “Moonrise, Aurora, Nebraska” by Nebraska State Poet, Twyla Hansen, will be featured on the program. The poem is from Twyla’s most recent collection published by […]

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AWP 2017 Event: The Backwaters Press Celebrates 20 Years

AWP 2017 Event in D.C.: Thursday, Feb. 9th at 10:30am Virginia Barber Middleton Stage, Sponsored by USC, Exhibit Halls D & E, Convention Center, Level Two The Backwaters Press, a nonprofit press out of Omaha, Nebraska, will celebrate 20 years in 2017. This event will feature five of our authors who are included in our […]

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AWP Backwaters Press Author Signings

Stop at our booth #973 while you’re at AWP. We will have a prize wheel with fun giveaways plus these amazing BWP authors signing books: Thursday, Feb. 9: 12pm John Ronan 12:30pm Susan Elbe 1pm Lola Haskins 1:30pm Howard Robertson 2pm Zeina Hashem Beck 2:30pm John Bradley 3pm Susan Firer Friday, Feb. 10: 11am Richard […]

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BWP Reading: Kwame Dawes, Lisa Fay Coutley, and Michael Skau: POSTPONED

Wednesday, January 25th, 7 p.m. Rescheduled for Wednesday, February 1, 7 p.m. due to weather. 1516 Gallery, 1516 Leavenworth St., Omaha. Kwame Dawes is the author of sixteen collections of poetry, including, most recently, Duppy Conqueror, Wheels, Back of Mount Peace, and Hope’s Hospice. He has also published two novels, Bivouac and She’s Gone, winner […]

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DRONE Recommended by Small Press Distribution

Our favorite distributor and online retail outlet, SPD, has recommended the 2015 Backwaters Prize winner, DRONE, by Kim Garcia in their latest e-mail news letter. You can purchase the newly published DRONE from SPD and see why it was selected for the prize last year.

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