John Walker Returns to NWU for Visiting Writers Series

Nebraska Wesleyan University's spring Visiting Writers Series continues this month with a reading and performance by John Walker, a retired NWU philosophy professor.

This year's spring Visiting Writers Series focuses on music. Walker, who taught philosophy at Nebraska Wesleyan University for 33 years, has since continued his second vocation of writing folky/bluesy songs and performing them throughout the Midwest. He is a member of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Artists Program, and performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as Nebraska’s representative to the Center’s Statehood Days Concerts in 2003 and 2008. His talk and performance will be held Tuesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. in Elder Gallery. He will read from his book, "What the Hoops Junkie Saw."

The writers series concludes on April 16 with husband and wife duo Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodward. Concert pianist Oni Buchanan is an award-winning poet. Her third poetry book, Must a Violence, appeared in 2012. Her second book of poetry, Spring, was selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and her first book, What Animal, was the winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition.

Woodward’s books are Uncanny Valley, Rain, and Mister Goodbye Easter Island.

He will perform with Buchanan at 6 p.m. in O’Donnell Auditorium, located at 50th Street and Huntington Ave.

The writers series kicked off in February with  Charlotte Pence and Adam Prince. Pence is the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks and the editor of The Poetics of American Song Lyrics, an essay collection on the similarities and differences between poetry and songs. Prince’s award-winning fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, and Narrative Magazine. In 2011, Narrative Magazine named him one of the best 20 new writers.

All writers series events are free and open to the public.

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Charlotte Pence, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.
Adam Prince, Feb. 7, 6 p.m.
John Walker, March 12, 6 p.m.
Oni Buchanan, April 16, 6 p.m.
Jon Woodward, April 16, 6 p.m.