First Friday of April, a couple suns before easter, come celebrate the release of Brity Cordera (Doane)’s Maiden Voyage: Wingmakers published by Pinyon.

This night is not just a celebration, but also a journey to the skies for an enchanting and alluring night of poetry: Featuring the incredible work of Todd Robinson, Otis XII, and Britny.

Todd Robinson received his PhD in English from UNL in 2004, and since has taught in the Writer’s Workshop at UNO. His poems have appeared in such journals as Arc Poetry Magazine, Sugar House Review, Light Quarterly, Natural Bridge, Margie, Burntdistrict, Midwest Quarterly, and the Southeast Review, among others. His first book, Note at Heart Rock, was runner-up in the 2011 Main Street Rag Chapbook competition.

Douglas Vincent Wesselmann (aka Otis Twelve) won a Debut Dagger from the British CWA for his novel “Imp: Being the Lost Notebooks of Rufus Wilmot Griswold in the Matter of the Death of Edgar Allan Poe.” His first novel, concerning a sociopath who manipulates a psychopath to kill a pedophile, “On the Albino Farm,” won the 2005 London Book Fair Competition. Pulitzer Prize winner, Richard Russo named his short story “Life Among the Bean Bugs” runner up for the North American Journal’s Kurt Vonnegut Prize, and his tale, “The Goodness of Trees,” received a $10K Templeton Prize that allowed Mr. Wesselmann to purchase an antique blacklight, a songbird kiln and pay off his oncologist’s gambling debts. His fiction has been published by The North American Review, Crimespree, The Reader, and in anthologies such as the cult classic, “Expletive Deleted” (Bleak House) – including Otis’ triple XXX homage to O’Henry, entitled “Fluff” – and “The Purpose Reader” (Cosimo). His new novel Tales of the Master: The Book of Stone (Grief Illustrated Press) will be released this spring. Of late he has fallen in with bad company – poets, and does occasional readings with such reprobates when ever asked. Despite rumors to the contrary, Wesselmann lives in the middle of North America, though he is considering moving to one of the edges.

Natasha Kessler-Rains is the author of Dismantling the Rabbit Altar (Coconut Books) and the collaborative chapbook SDVIG (alice blue), co-written with Joshua Ware. She earned her MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she received the Academy of American Poets Helen W. Kenefick Poetry Prize in 2011. Natasha teaches literature and creative writing at UNO and Creighton. She also curates the Strange Machine Reading Series here in Omaha

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.

***This event is free and open to the public***