BOARD OF DIRECTORS Carol Kloss McClellan, President
Tina Lonergan, Vice-President
Ana Palma, Secretary
Ayanna Boykins, Treasurer
About the NWC:
Founded in 2008, The Nebraska Writers Collective is an Omaha-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting creativity, literary awareness, poetry, and performance poetry throughout the Midwest.
The NWC is an outgrowth of Nebraska’s thriving slam poetry scene, driven by the same core belief that poetry’s reputation for being dense and boring must be shattered by making poetry vibrant and accessible to everyone. Our mission is to rescue poetry from the Ivory Tower and let it run barefoot through the grassy fields. We pursue this goal through writing workshops, by bringing nationally-known performance poets to Nebraska, and by working with other organizations to provide a variety of literary outreach programs.
"In a class of students that were disengaged with the English content, let alone poetry in particular, the Poets On Loan came in and invigorated student interest. After the first visit, the most common question I heard in class was 'When are they coming back?' Students were upset if they were absent and missed the poet’s visit." -Becky Swanigan, Council Bluffs Abe Lincoln High School
About Matt Mason:
Matt Mason has won a Pushcart Prize and 2 Nebraska Book Awards (for Poetry in 2007 and Anthology in 2006); organized and run poetry programming with the U.S. Department of State in Kathmandu, Nepal and Minsk, Belarus; and been on 5 teams at the National Poetry Slam. He edits PoetryMenu.com, a listing of every Nebraska poetry event. He is Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective, former board president of the Nebraska Center for the Book, and has served as the Nebraska State Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, a Poetry Foundation/NEA program. His website is matt.midverse.com.