Invitation to the 2018 NETA Spring Conference

As part of our partnership with the Nebraska Educational Technology Association, we’re happy to invite you to join us at the 2018 NETA Spring Conference, April 18-20th at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

What you and your school receive from attending the 2018 NETA Spring Conference:

  • Over 200+ featured, breakout, and interactive educational technology sessions from which to choose
  • Numerous hands-on workshops designed to give you a more in-depth experience
  • Nationally recognized speakers
  • Admittance to an Innovation Lab
  • Playgrounds to personally experience the newest technologies
  • Opportunity to meet and interact with over 100 exhibitors
  • Networking opportunities to expand your professional learning network to continue learning throughout the year

Take advantage of Early Bird Registration pricing before March 16, 2018 and register a group of 10 or more attendees to receive a discount on each registration.

For more information or to register, visit the NETA website.

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Poetry from the Plains

Poetry from the Plain poster - details below

Join us for a Poetry Reading for the website launch of “Poetry From the Plains: A Nebraska Perspective”

Date: April 30, 2016
Time: 2:30-4:00 PM
Place: UNL Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, 14th & S Street, Lincoln
Poets Reading: Twyla Hansen, Lenora Castillo, Allison Hedge Coke, Matt Mason

Free and open to all.  The public is welcome.

The new website, “Poetry From the Plains: A Nebraska Perspective” ( launch date April 30, 2016) is a web resource for Nebraska poetry.  It features selected poems, scholarly essays, and historical resources about Nebraska poets whose work addresses the cultural and geographical richness of the Great Plains.  The website is hosted by UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, and supported by grants from Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Arts Council.  The development directors are Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet, and UNL English faculty Robert Brooke and Stephen Behrendt.

Eight Nebraska poets are currently featured on the website.

The three officially recognized state poets:

  • Twyla Hansen, Current Nebraska State Poet
  • William Kloefkorn, First Nebraska State Poet
  • John Neihardt, Nebraska Poet Laureate in Perpetuity

Five additional contemporary poets whose work is explicitly centered in the cultural and natural landscapes of the Great Plains, and represents vibrant cultural and poetic traditions in the region:

  • Lenora Castillo, Latina poet from Lincoln
  • Allison Hedge Coke, American Book Award indigenous poet
  • Yvonne Hollenbeck, award-winning cowgirl poet-rancher
  • Matt Mason, Omaha slam poet, Executive Director of Nebraska Writers Collective
  • Don Welch, Neruda Award winner poet from Kearney

On the website, each poet is represented by several of their poems and essays about their writing by scholars at UNL.  Additional resources include a list of other notable Nebraska poets, historical essays on the earliest poets active in Nebraska, and an annotated bibliography.  The site will be an ongoing project of the Nebraska State Poet, the UNL Department of English, and the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.

Four of the poets featured on “Poetry From the Plains: A Nebraska Perspective” will read from their work at the Poetry Reading.

Dr. Robert Brooke

John E. Weaver Professor of English

Director, Nebraska Writing Project

202 Andrews Hall

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Lincoln, NE 68588-0333

(402) 472-1807

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Youth Writing Festivals 2016

newp kinseyOn Saturday, March 19th, NeWP hosted the Youth Writing Festivals. For our Eastern Festival, we moved locations to Gretna High School and we had a fantastic turnout. There were over 50 students there from eight different schools/districts. The Eastern Festival is for middle school students and they ranged from 6th to 9th grade. Each student received a notebook and t-shirt for their participation in the festival.

The day was broken up into four sessions, with two groups of students traveling between the sessions. Sessions were led by area middle school teachers Elizabeth Lambert, Heather Kinsey, Shelley Sheets, and Amy Tasich. Sessions focused on character development, character interactions, topic and story creation, ignoring the editor, and there was a writing marathon for each student as well. The final session of the day was for publishing student work. Student pieces can be found on our blog
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This is the fifth year the Nebraska Writing Project has hosted a Youth Writing Festival, and the third year it has been geared towards middle school students. If you have any questions or would like to participate in the 2017 YWF, contact Amy Tasich at




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