2012 Nebraska Summer Writers Conference

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Every summer since 2001, the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference has brought to Lincoln some of the nation’s most acclaimed authors. The conference offers weekend and a week-long curriculum, as well as a number of events free and open to the public. This year they are spotlighting successful graduates of UNL’s creative writing PhD program: Lee Martin, emily danforth, and Dave Madden, as well as former Nebraskans Carleen Brice, Terese Svoboda, and Meghan Daum, all having achieved national success as authors.

In addition to the workshops, the Conference features an evening with Terese Svoboda, translator of Cleaned the Crocodile’s Teeth: Nuer Song, celebrating Nebraskan-Nuer culture; Guggenheim-winning poet Kwame Dawes discussing his new appointment with the Prairie Schooner literary journal; and many other readings, discussions, and panels.

The faculty includes:
Lee Martin (Pulitzer Prize finalist for the novel The Bright Forever);
Carleen Brice (whose novel Orange Mint and Honey was made into the NAACP Image Award-winning film Sins of the Mother);
Terese Svoboda (poet, novelist, filmmaker and native Nebraskan);
emily m. danforth (author of the acclaimed YA novel The Miseducation of Cameron Post);
Meghan Daum (author of the memoir Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House; columnist for the LA Times; has contributed to This American Life, the New Yorker, Vogue, Travel and Leisure, and many more publications and broadcasts);
… as well as poets Stacey Waite, Aracelis Girmay, and Kwame Dawes; nonfiction writer Dave Madden; and fiction writer/poet/memoirist Michelle Tea.

The Nebraska Summer Writers Conference is part of the creative writing program of UNL’s English Department, in the College of Arts and Sciences.

WHEN: June 9-15, 2012
WHERE: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, city campus
WHAT: Creative writing workshops (registration required); also free/open readings & panel discussions (no registration required); faculty includes renowned authors, novelists, poets.
WEB: See website for schedule, online registration, more info about sessions, and faculty bios: http://nebraskawriters.unl.edu MEDIA CONTACT: Timothy Schaffert (tschaffert2@unl.edu) or Sarah Chavez (nswc@unl.edu); 402-472-3067