UNO Community Engagement Center
UNO Campus (60th & Dodge, Omaha)
OPPD Dialogue Room, 2nd Floor

Laura Madeline Wiseman
Barbara Schmitz
Brenda Sieczkowski
Greg Kosmicki
Raylyn Clacher
Kyle McCord
Cat Dixon
Rodger Gerberding
Britny Cordera Doane
Michael Skau

Locating the UNO Engagement Center:

UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center is located between the UNO Criss Library and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS). The building is situated south of the UNO Campanile (bell tower). We will be on the 2nd floor — in the OPPD Dialogue Room.

Parking at the event:

Visitors can enter through Lot E and let the attendant in the parking structure know what event they are attending. The parking attendant will assist guests by opening up the parking gate and informing them where to park in Lot E, and directing them to Lot D when E is full.
Handicapped visitor parking is available in Lot E.

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More information about the poets:

Laura Madeline Wiseman is the author of twenty books and chapbooks and the editor of Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence (Hyacinth Girl Press). Her recent books are Drink (BlazeVOX Books), Wake (Aldrich Press), The Bottle Opener (Red Dashboard), and the collaborative book The Hunger of the Cheeky Sisters (Les Femmes Folles) with artist Lauren Rinaldi. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Margie, Mid-American Review, and Feminist Studies.

Barbara Schmitz is emeritus professor of English at Northeast College (Norfolk, NE.) where she taught literature and writing for thirty years, coordinated the Visiting Writers Series and was an editor for Elkhorn Review. She has published in such journals as Prairie Schooner, Laurel Review, Nebraska Review, South Dakota Review, Iconoclast, Poetry Motel, Chiron Review, River Styx, and Kansas Quarterly, and in several anthologies, most recently Nebraska Presence, and Times of Sorrow, Times of Grace. She is the author of Making Tracks (Suburban Wilderness Press), The Lives of the Saints (Main-Traveled Roads #8, l996), How to Get Out of the Body (Sandhills, 1990), The Upside Down Heart (Sandhills, 2003), and How Much Our Dancing Has Improved (Backwaters Press, 2005, winner of the Award for Poetry from the Nebraska Center for the Book). Her most recent collections are What Bob Says (Pudding House 2010), Path of Lightning: A Seekers Jagged Journey (Pinyon Publishing 2012), and Always The Details (Stephen F. Austin State University Press 2014).

Brenda Sieczkowski’s poems and creative essays have appeared widely in print and on-line journals, including The Colorado Review, Versal, The New England Review, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Diagram, The Florida Review, Western Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, Poet Lore, Dusie, Sidebrow, and Subtropics among others. Her chapbook, Wonder Girl in Monster Land, was published in 2012 by dancing girl press. A second chapbook, Fallout & Flotation Devices, is now available from Little Red Leaves’ Textile Series. Like Oysters Observing the Sun, her first full-length collection, was released by Black Lawrence Press. Currently, she lives, works, and writes in Omaha, Nebraska.

Greg Kosmicki is a poet and social worker living in Omaha, Nebraska. He founded The Backwaters Press in 1997 and is now Editor Emeritus of the press. Greg’s poetry has been published in numerous magazines since 1975, both print and online, including Briarcliff Review, Chiron Review, Cimarron Review, Connecticut Review, Cortland Review, New Letters, Nimrod, Paddlefish, Paris Review, Poetry East, Rattle, Solstice. and many others. He received artist’s fellowships for his poetry from the Nebraska Arts Council in 2000 and 2006. He is the author of three books and 9 chapbooks of poems. Two of the poems from his book from Word Press, Some Hero of the Past, and one poem from his newest chapbook from Pudding House Publications in 2011, New Route in the Dream, have been selected by Garrison Keillor and read by him on The Writer’s Almanac. His newest collection, Sheep can Recognize Individual Human Faces was published by Stephen F. Austin University Press in 2014.
Greg and his wife Debbie are both involved in the social work field in Omaha, are the parents of three children, and grandparents of one.

Raylyn Clacher is the author of All of Her Leaves, forthcoming in 2015 from dancing girl press. Her work has also been published or is forthcoming in South Dakota Review, Stone Highway Review, and burntdistrict.

Kyle McCord is the author of five books of poetry including You Are Indeed an Elk, But This is Not the Forest You Were Born to Graze (Gold Wake 2015) and Gentle, World, Gentler (Ampersand Books 2015). He has work featured in AGNI, Blackbird, Boston Review, Harvard Review, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly and elsewhere. He’s received grants from the Academy of American Poets, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Baltic Writing Residency. He lives and teaches in Des Moines, Iowa where he runs the series Decorous: Art and Poetry.

Cat Dixon is the author of Too Heavy to Carry ( Stephen F. Austin University Press, 2014) and Our End Has Brought the Spring (Finishing Line Press, 2015). Her website is

Rodger Gerberding has published widely as a writer, in Tales of the Unanticipated,Tekeli-Li!, The Scream Factory, The Chicago Reader, The Rockford Review, Poetry and elsewhere. His art is in numerous private and corporate collections, and he has illustrated some seventy books to date in a variety of genres, garnering a variety of awards. His work is currently represented by the Noyes Gallery of Lincoln, NE. He has also acted professionally on stage, television and in independent films. He is well-wed to the beauteous Kathleen Jurgens, herself a writer/editor of note.

Britny Cordera Doane is the youngest author to publish a book in the history of the University Nebraska in Omaha. A student of creative writing and religious studies, she has been published twice in the university’s 13th Floor literary magazine, featured in the Women for Women international publication: Forget Me Not, published in the Silver Birch Press Mythic Poetry Series and was also printed in the Fall 2014 Pinyon Review. Known locally as the Old Market Poet, Britny is often set up with her typewriter, in Omaha’s Old Market district, sharing her work with others.

Michael Skau was born and raised on the South side of Chicago. He earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), where his dissertation was on Themes and Movements in the Literature of the Beat Generation. He was hired by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the Fall of 1973 and continued teaching there until his retirement in 2011. He was Chair of the department from 2001 through 2005 and is now emeritus professor. Skau has published books on the Beat poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso and articles on Ferlinghetti, Corso, Richard Brautigan, William S. Burroughs, Jerzy Kosinski, and Jack Kerouac. In addition, he studied under Allen Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute (now University) in Boulder, CO, during the Summer of 1975. He has also published more than a hundred poems in such periodicals as Laurel Review, Kansas Quarterly, Passaic Review, Carolina Quarterly, Northwest Review, Midwest Poetry Review, Midwest Quarterly, South Carolina Review, Texas Review, California Quarterly, Paddlefish, and Hawai’i Review, among many others.