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Shoemaker to give public reading Thursday

October 20, 2016

Karen Gettert Shoemaker Karen Gettert Shoemaker

CHADRON – As part of the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series, author Karen Gettert Shoemaker will give a public reading at the Chicoine Atrium located in the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center Thursday at 7 p.m.

The reading, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Chadron State College English and Humanities department in collaboration with Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Shoemaker, who works as a faculty mentor in the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Master of Fine Arts Writing Program, is the author of “Night Sounds and Other Stories” and “The Meaning of Names.”

“The Meaning of Names” has received plenty of critical acclaim. It was the One Book One Nebraska selection in 2016, the Omaha Public Library’s Omaha Reads selection in 2014 and it is included on the Humanities Nebraska Governor’s Lecture World War I Recommended Reading List.

Shoemaker has also won several writing awards, including a Nebraska Press Association Award for Feature Writing, two Independent Artist Fellowship Awards from the Nebraska Arts Council and a Nebraska Book Award for Short Fiction.

Her work has been published in “The London Independent,” “Prairie Schooner,” “The South Dakota Review,” and the anthologies “A Different Plain: Contemporary Nebraska Fiction Writers,” “Times of Sorrow and Grace,” “An Untidy Season,” and “Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry.”

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