Women pioneers and homesteaders played an important part in the development and heritage of Nebraska. In this program, Marge Saiser and Lucy Adkins will honor them, sharing poetry they have written from the point of view of Nebraska women living from the 1890’s to the present. In addition, to provide a flavor of daily living in early Nebraska, they will feature excerpts from diaries and letters of plains women from the past.
Lucy Adkins grew up in rural Nebraska, attended country schools, and received her degree from Auburn University. Currently she is working towards her MFA in writing at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her poetry has been published in journals which include Rhino, Northeast, South Dakota Review, Concho River Review, and several anthologies. Her chapbook, One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife was published in 2007 by Pudding House Press. In addition, she co-authored Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer’s Block and Transform Your Life which won a Silver “Ippy” in the Independent Publishers Book Awards.
Marjorie Saiser is the author of five books of poetry. Her book, Lost in Seward County, is on the Nebraska 150 List for the Sesquicentennial. She co-edited a book of writings by women on the Great Plains and a book of interviews featuring Nebraska writers who teach. Her poems are found in American Life in Poetry, The Writer’s Almanac, Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, Chattahoochee Review, Nimrod, Rattle, Rhino, and other publications. Saiser’s awards include four Nebraska Book Awards and the Literary Heritage Award. Her website is poetmarge.com.
Funded project of Humanities Nebraska. Humanities Nebraska is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.