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Reading - Fiction/poetry

Prairie Schooner 2015 Book Prize Celebration

7:00 pm
Great Plains Art Museum
1155 Q Street
Lincoln NE 68508
Ashley Strosnider,
Join us for our annual Book Prize Reading and Celebration as we welcome our 2013 Book Prize Contest winners, RA Villanueva and Amina Gautier, to campus.

Villanueva and Gautier will read from and sign their new collections out from University of Nebraska Press. The readings will be accompanied by multimedia interpretations of each of the authors’ works by local artists Zach Mueller (photographer) and Kiernan Lofland (sculptor), with a signing and catered reception to follow.

RA Villanueva’s prize-winning poetry collection,
Reliquaria (available here and at the event), embraces liminal, in-between spaces in considering an ever-evolving Filipino American identity. Languages and cultures collide; mythologies and faiths echo and resound. Part haunting, part prayer, part prophecy, these poems resonate with the voices of the dead and those who remember them.

Amina Gautier’s prize-winning short-story collection, Now We Will Be Happy (available here and at the event), crosses boundaries of comfort, culture, language, race, and tradition in unexpected ways, following Afro-Puerto Ricans, U.S.-mainland-born Puerto Ricans, and displaced native Puerto Ricans as these characters struggle valiantly and doggedly to reconcile their fantasies of happiness with the realities of their existence.

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