William C. Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers Series

The William C. Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers Series was established through a generous donation from Ruth Meyer, Ph.D. Ruth graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1964 with a degree in English. She greatly valued her Nebraska Wesleyan education and specifically the mentoring role Bill Kloefkorn played in her life. This reading series honors the memory of William “Bill” Kloefkorn, who taught literature and writing at Nebraska Wesleyan until his retirement in 1997. Kloefkorn served as the State Poet of Nebraska from 1982 to the time of his death in 2011.

The William C. Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers Series is intended to highlight the wide variety of writing and writers connected to Nebraska. Writers invited to speak for the William C. Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers Series will have one of the following characteristics.

  • Born in Nebraska
  • Reared in Nebraska
  • Currently living in Nebraska
  • Writes about Nebraska

All readings are free and open to the public.

Lisa Fay Coutley

Thursday, February 25, 2021
6 p.m.
Zoom link to Lisa Fay Coutley reading

Lisa Fay Coutley

Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of tether (Black Lawrence Press, April 2020), Errata (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award, and In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. Her poems have been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a Rona Jaffe scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize. Recent poetry and prose appears in Black Warrior Review, Brevity, Copper Nickel, Missouri Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and Waxwing. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry & Creative Nonfiction in the Writer's Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she advises the student-run journal and coordinates the fall reading series. She can be found at www.lisafaycoutley.com.

Hope Wabuke

Tuesday, March 23, 2021
6 p.m.
Zoom link to Hope Wabuke reading

Hope Wabuke (poet/essayist)

Hope Wabuke is a Ugandan American poet, essayist, and writer. She is the author of the poetry collection The Body Family, (forthcoming from Haymarket Books) the nonfiction book Please Don't Kill My Black Son Please (forthcoming from Vintage Books) and the chapbooks her, The Leaving, and Movement No.1: Trains. She writes literary and cultural criticism for NPR, is poetry editor for Ruminate Magazine, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has won awards from the National Endowment from the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women Writers, VONA Voices, and others.

Past Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers

Year Writers
2020 David Philip Mullins
Ruth Williams
2018 Robert Fernandez
2017 Kenneth Keith
John Walker
2016 Marjorie Saiser
2015 David Lee
2014 Twila Hansen