Board of Directors

Twyla M. Hansen

Twyla M. Hansen

Twyla M. Hansen’s newest poetry book is Feeding the Fire (2022 WSC Press). She is a board member of Larksong Writers Place, a creative writing presenter through Humanities Nebraska Speaker’s Bureau since 1992, and was Nebraska State Poet in 2013-2018. Recent honors include the Nebraska Literary Heritage Award, President’s Award from Nebraska Center for the Book, and the Lincoln High School Distinguished Alumni Award. Her book Rock • Tree • Bird won both the 2018 Nebraska Book Award and WILLA Literary Award. Her previous books Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet and Potato Soup won Nebraska Book Awards. She is a collaborator in poem-art books Seen in Otoe County (2023) with photographer Michael Farrell, Prairie Suite: A Celebration (2006) with ornithologist Dr. Paul Johnsgard, and Field Trip (2002) with print artist Karen Kunc. Twyla’s writing is published recently in periodicals: Briar Cliff Review, Oakwood, Prairie Schooner, South Dakota Review; anthologies: More in Time: A Tribute to Ted Kooser, Nebraska Poetry: A Sesquicentennial Anthology 1867-2017, The Night’s Magician: Poems About the Moon; websites: Academy of American Poets, Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud; and many more.


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