Category Archives: News & Information

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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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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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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