October 20 Late 'til 8
Personal Effects: Poetry & Prose Inspired by Objects in Art
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


On Thursday, October 20, 6:30 pm, Joslyn Art Museum in partnership with(downtown) omaha lit fest presents
Personal Effects: Poetry & Prose Inspired by Objects in Art

The tutu worn by Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen; the hand mirror in Veronese's Venus at Her Toilette; the newspaper tossed to the ground in Chase’s Sunlight and Shadow. The objects and possessions in art catch our eye and inform the portraits, giving us glimpses into the lives of the subjects.

Personal Effects: Poetry & Prose Inspired by Objects in Art features several of the area’s finest authors who have composed original pieces about various objects in the artwork in Joslyn’s collection. The one-hour literary tour begins at 6:30 pm in the Storz Fountain Court and is free with regular Museum admission. Come early; cash bar opens in the court at 5:00 pm.

Participating writers include...

CODY LUMPKIN was born and raised in Georgia. He served as a Senior Poetry Reader for Prairie Schooner and earned his PhD in creative writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work has recently appeared in Tar River Poetry, New South, and Third Coast.

TREY MOODY is from San Antonio and the author of the chapbooks Climate Reply and Once Was a Weather. His writing has appeared in Best New Poets 2009, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, Sonora Review, and Washington Square, among others. A co-curator of The Clean Part Reading Series, he studies and teaches at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

ADRIAN GIBBONS KOESTERS is a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is a senior poetry reader for Prairie Schooner and has served as assistant editor of American Life in Poetry. She holds an MFA in poetry from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University, and her poems have appeared in Crab Creek Review, A River and Sound Review, Literary Mama, and elsewhere.

MICHELLE MENTING is a PhD student in Creative Writing and Literature at UNL. Some of her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Bellingham Review, Midwestern Gothic, Quarter After Eight, Ascent, Opium, Diagram, Pank, and other journals. Originally from the northwoods of Upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin, she now lives in Lincoln.

ARDEN ELI HILL is a second year PhD student in UNL's creative writing program. His work has appeared most recently in Western Humanities Review, Kaleidoscope Magazine, and the anthology Women's Work. Arden is also a poetry editor for Breath and Shadow, a journal of disability culture and literature.

MARIANNE KUNKEL is a third-year PhD student in poetry, specializing in women’s and gender studies, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She holds a MFA from the University of Florida. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Columbia Poetry Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, New South, Poet Lore, River Styx, and elsewhere. Her poetry has twice been nominated for Best New Poets, and her chapbook The Laughing Game was a finalist for the 2011 Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Competition. She currently is preparing a full-length poetry manuscript about girlhood. She is the Interim Managing Editor of Prairie Schooner.

“Personal Effects” follows the literary festival’s theme, “Silk & Sawdust (the heart and mechanics of literature).” As the title suggests, this year’s edition of (downtown) omaha lit fest focuses on the mechanics of writing. Not only will authors lift the corner of the curtain on their methods and processes, but we’ll also look at the literal tools of production—including book-making and design, and our curious nostalgia for the typewriter.

In addition to panel discussions, readings, and an opening-night party, the (downtown) omaha lit fest will also feature an art exhibit: “Possessions: Literary characters and the things they carried.” This exhibit, on view at the Omaha Public Library (downtown branch) on Friday night, Oct 14, will feature artists’ interpretations of literary artifacts, in a variety of media—namely: the props, objects, fashions, food, and jewelry of famous literary characters. (Think Hester Prynn’s scarlet letter; Mrs. Dalloway’s flowers; Sherlock Holmes’ pipe; Willy Wonka’s golden ticket; Proust’s madeleines.)

For more information about (downtown) omaha lit fest 2011, visit http://omahalitfest.com/