Monday, October 27, 2008

William Kloefkorn to Speak at Library

On Tuesday, October 28th at 6:00pm, Alliance Public Library, the Alliance Public Library Foundation and the Nebraska Humanities Council is proud to provide residents the opportunity to see Nebraska Author William Kloefkorn speak

Kloefkorn has published numerous volumes of poetry and fiction as well as three memoirs depicting life in rural America, including Restoring the Burnt Child, the selected book for the 2008 One Book, One Nebraska program.

Growing up in mid-twentieth century rural America has shaped and inspired Kloefkorn’s many works. The son of a Kansas county employee, Kloefkorn has never abandoned his small town roots. His most recent work, a four part memoir (of which three have been published to date) intimately reveals his love for humanity, humor, and language.

William Kloefkorn was named the Nebraska State Poet, a lifetime appointment, in 1982 by the Nebraska Unicameral. He has published over 30 books, mostly poetry, and his works have appeared in distinguished literary journals including The Prairie Schooner, Midwest Quarterly, Calliope, and the South Dakota Review. He is emeritus professor of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University, and in 2004, Restoring the Burnt Child won the Nebraska Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Established in 2005, One Book, One Nebraska is a state-wide reading program designed to encourage Nebraska residents to collectively read and enjoy the works of Nebraska authors, both contemporary and classic, and includes state-wide community events, author visits and discussions. Previous selections have included Crazy Horse by Mari Sandoz, One False Move by Alex Kava and My Antonia by Willa Cather.

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