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 have appeared in such journals as Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Nimrod, Willow Springs, The New York Quarterly, Iron Horse Literary Review, Redactions, and Sugar House Review. Liz’s debut novel, Monsters: A Love Story, was published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 2016.

Greg Kosmicki is a poet and retired social worker living in Omaha, Nebraska. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied under the poet Greg Kuzma. Greg founded The Backwaters Press in 1997, which he now serves as Editor Emeritus. His poetry has been published in numerous literary magazines since 1975, both print and online. His poems have been anthologized many times, most recently in 2015 in A Sandhills Reader: Thirty Years of Great Writing from the Great Plains, edited by Mark Sanders, and in 2017 in Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology, edited by Daniel Simon. He received artist’s fellowships for his poetry from the Nebraska Arts Council 2000 and 2006. He is the author of five books and 8 chapbooks of poems. Several of his poems have been selected by Garrison Keillor to be read by him on The Writer’s Almanac. He has been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize. His newest book, It’s as Good Here as it Gets Anywhere, was published in 2016 by Logan House Press. His selected poems, Leaving Things Unfinished: Forty-some Years of Poems, is forthcoming from Sandhills Press. He and Debbie, his wife of 43 years, are the parents of three children, grandparents of two.

David Wyatt has been employed at UNO’s Criss Library since 1996. Wyatt was awarded a Distinguished Merit Fellowship from the Nebraska Arts Council in 2006, and won the inaugural Loraine Williams Poetry Prize from The Georgia Review in 2013. He has published poems in ABZ, The Christian Science Monitor, Prairie Schooner, Natural Bridge, The Georgia Review and Poetry. He lives in Omaha with his wife, Susan. Gathering Place is his first full-length collection of poetry.

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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 in between, The Unblocked Workshop aims to help writers do what they do: write. We will provide notepads, bottled water, and donuts. No matter your skill or experience, please join us and fellow writers create a network where everyone can grow.

Reserve your seat at Eventbrite.

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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 The Backwaters Press, Rock • Tree • Bird.  

Saturday, May 13th, “Bad News, Good News” from I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT FIRE by Backwaters Press author Marjorie Saiser will be read by Keillor.

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BWP National Poetry Month Reading Celebration

Join us Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 p.m. at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth, Omaha) to celebrate National Poetry Month.

This event is free and open to the public. Enjoy desserts and drinks. Arrive early to spin our Backwaters Prize Wheel. Celebrate National Poetry Month with these three talented authors, Jen Lambert, Miles Waggener and our very own Michael Catherwood.

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BWP hitting NYC for a reading in May

THE BACKWATERS BUNCH

Wednesday, May 3 Reading at Cornelia St. Café in NYC!

Charles Fort, Carole Stone and John J Ronan, distinguished poets published by The Backwaters Press, join in a tribute to the award-winner publisher celebrating its 20th anniversary.

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Pi(e) Day Poetry Reading with Backwaters Author, Susan Firer

Backwaters Press author Susan Firer celebrated Pi(e) Day (3/14/17) at a reading with Milwaukee Poet Laureate, Matt Cook, in Milwaukee, WI.

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Backwaters authors in an anthology of resistance

Backwaters Press authors in the news! Backwaters Press author Tyrone Williams is one of the editors of this new anthology forthcoming from Spuyten Duyviland and Backwaters Press author Susanna Lang is in this anthology as well. You can learn more about Resist Much / Obey Little at Spuyten Duyviland’s website.

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The Writer’s Block with John Ronan – Featuring Kim Garcia

Backwaters published poet, John Ronan,  interview’s Backwaters Prize winner, Kim Garcia.

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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 20th Anniversary Anthology, which will be released at AWP. This event will also feature our editor, Michael Catherwood, who will discuss the history of the press.

Lola Haskins’s poetry has appeared in the Atlantic, the Christian Science Monitor, the London Review of Books, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, Georgia Review, and Southern Review, and been broadcast on NPR and BBC. Her most recent book is How Small, Confronting Morning.

Susan Elbe is the author of The Map of What Happened, winner of both The Backwaters Prize and the Jacar Press Julie Suk prizes, Eden in the Rearview Mirror, Where Good Swimmers Drown, and Light Made from Nothing.

John J. Ronan is a poet, playwright, movie/TV producer, and journalist. He has received national honors for his poetry and is a former NEA Fellow, Ucross Fellow, Bread Loaf Scholar, and Poet Laureate in Gloucester, MA, where his cable program The Writer’s Block with John Ronan is in its 27th year. Poems have appeared in Three Penny Review, New England Review, Southern Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, Folio, and many other publications. Media productions have won a Telly, an Aurora Gold, a First for Education Programming from NECTA, as well as other awards, and have been aired on PBS outlets. A previous book of poetry Marrowbone Lane (The Backwaters Press), was a Highly Recommended selection by the Boston Authors Club. His newest poetry collection is Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown (The Backwaters Press) and it will be released at AWP. (TheRonan.org)

Howard W. Robertson is a poet and fiction writer who has published nine books of poems, including most recently, Odes to the Ki of the Universe, and the short novel Peculiar Pioneer. His awards include the Sinclair Poetry Prize, the Robinson Jeffers Prize, the Bumbershoot Award, and others.

Susan Firer is the author of five full-length poetry collections,
including Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New and Selected Poems 1979-2007 (Backwaters Press, 2007). Her books have been awarded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, the Posner Award, and the Backwaters Prize. She has also been the recipient of a Milwaukee County Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and the Lorine Niedecker Award. Her poem “Call Me Pier” is included in the Poetry Foundation’s Poetry Everywhere series. From 2008-2010, she was Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee. In 2015, Firer was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Her sixth poetry collection, The Transit of Venus, was published by The Backwaters Press in 2016.

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