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Virtual Author Series: Matt Mason and 2022 Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate Tanya Bachu

Virtual Author Series: Matt Mason and 2022 Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate Tanya Bachu

Thursday, August 18, 2022 - 7:00pm

Kick off the new school year with what is sure to be a lively poetry reading with Nebraska Poet Laureate Matt Mason. Also a recently selected 2022 Poet Laureate Fellow with the Academy of American Poets, Mason will share poetry from his most recent collection, At the Corner of Fantasy and Main: Disneyland, Midlife, and Churros, and he will also share the virtual stage with 2022 Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate Tanya Bachu! Register for the event here. You can also purchase a copy of this book of poems here at our online National Willa Cather Center Bookstore.

This author series event is made possible by generous donor support as well as Humanities Nebraska (HN) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. NEH is committed to Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP).

About the Authors

Matt Mason is the Nebraska State Poet and Executive Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective. Through the United States State Department, he has run workshops in Botswana, Romania, Nepal, and Belarus. Mason is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and his work can be found in The New York Times, on NPR’s Morning Edition, and in American Life in Poetry. Mason's third book, I Have a Poem the Size of the Moon, was just released by Stephen F. Austin University Press. Matt is based out of Omaha with his wife, the poet Sarah McKinstry-Brown, and daughters Sophia and Lucia.

Tanya Bachu is a freshman at Brownell Talbot School, and she is the 2022 Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate. On campus she enjoys robotics, journalism, and speech. Outside of school she loves to play tennis and the piano. She is also a staff writer for Brownell Talbot's student publication,Verbatim. One of her favorite shows is Stranger Things, and you can catch her rewatching it over and over again.