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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 […]

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We want your feedback!

Did you participate in our Omaha Gives! photo scavenger hunt? Did you mean to? Did you know we did one? We’re asking our public for feedback on this latest community activity. Please follow this link to the survey. We will have a drawing for participation prizes. Thanks! The BWP Family.

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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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Native American Calling names Wakpá Wanági,Ghost River their book of the month

The radio program, Native American Calling, has named Trevino L. Brings Plenty’s collection, Wakpá Wanági,Ghost River, their book of the month for National Poetry Month. They say of the book, “[it] features poems that explore the writer’s connection to his homeland in South Dakota and his interactions with people and place as a social worker in Oregon.” The program invites readers to […]

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Backwaters Press at AWP ’15

Stop by in Minneapolis and say hi to the Backwaters Press at AWP ’15. We’ll be at table 1824.

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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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Split This Rock names To Live In Autumn as a recommended poetry book for 2014

Zeina Hashem Beck’s 2013 Backwaters Prize awarded collection, To Live in Autumn, was named as a recommended poetry book for 2014 by Split This Rock. Split this Rock is a national network of socially engaged poets that promotes poetry through readings workshops and contests. You can visit their website for more information about their mission and programs.

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Backwaters Prize winner profiled in Emirati paper The National

Afshan Ahmed published a profile on 2013’s Backwaters Prize winner, Zeina Hashem Beck, talking to her about her award winning manuscript, her background and the spotlight her work shines on the city of Beirut.  

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2014 Backwaters Prize goes to . . .

Our contest judge, Patricia Smith, has evaluated the manuscripts of the finalists and made her determination of the manuscript most worthy of the Backwaters Prize for 2014. We received many worthy submissions for consideration, and we would like to first recognize some of the stand-out poets whose work caught our attention in the process of awarding […]

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