Twyla Hansen will offer a reading of her poetry and discussion of its connection to landscape at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center on Wednesday, June 29 at 6 p.m.
Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen, and Omaha-based artists Jess Benjamin and Susan Knight will speak about their work this summer at the Lake McConaughy Visitors Center near Ogallala, Nebraska in the first Art at Cedar Point Speaker Series, produced in partnership with the Nebraska Water Center Foundation. Art at Cedar Point is a program of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Art and Art History in partnership with Cedar Point Biological Station.
Art at Cedar Point is an interdisciplinary program that brings artists and scientists together in the unique environment of western Nebraska. Now in its third year of artist residencies and undergraduate field courses at CPBS, Art at Cedar Point has been awarded funding from the Rural Futures Institute at UNL to support and develop those programs while expanding outreach into the surrounding community through a series of artist lectures and workshops, as well as an Art/Science Summer Camp for local kids.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Nebraska Water Center Foundation will host children’s activities during both lectures so that families can attend together.
Twyla Hansen was named Nebraska’s State Poet in 2013 by Gov. Dave Heineman. She grew up in northeast Nebraska on land farmed by her grandparents, who emigrated from Denmark. Hansen earned a BS in horticulture and an MAg in agroecology, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has been a creative writing presenter through Humanities Nebraska for over 20 years and the Nebraska Arts Council since 2013. Recently, she worked as part of a team to establish a new website called Poetry from the Plains: A Nebraska Perspective.
Her newest book of poetry, Rock • Tree • Bird, will be published by The Backwaters Press in 2017. She has six previous books, including Nebraska Book Award winners Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet and Potato Soup. Her writing has been published in anthologies, newspapers, a textbook, The Encyclopedia of the Great Plains, The Writers Almanac, film-illustrated by NET Nebraska, transcribed for a women’s chorus, commissioned by the National Arbor Day Foundation, and in periodicals such as Prairie Schooner, Midwest Quarterly, Nebraska Life, Neihardt Journal, North Dakota Quarterly, Organization & Environment, Paddlefish, Palo Alto Review, Plains Song Review, Platte Valley Review, South Dakota Review and many more.
This project is funded, in part, by a competitive award from the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska.
A Park Entry Permit is required.