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An evening with Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen at Abrahams library today

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Nebraska's recently named state poet, Twyla Hansen, will read from her poetry and sign books at the Abrahams branch of the Omaha Public Library Tuesday beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The event, scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m., will be in a meeting room of the library at 5111 N. 90th St.. Hansen is the author of several books of poetry and has work in the new book from Backwaters Press, "The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets."

She was named state poet late last year to replace William Kloefkorn after he passed away. According to an article at the website of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, Hansen took classes taught by Kloefkorn when she began college studies. The NET article states that she "grew up on a farm in northeast Nebraska ... never interested in being a writer ... decided on horticulture" and at Nebraska Wesleyan University some of her first classes "were with William Kloefkorn, Nebraska's state poet at the time." She "started writing and didn't stop."

Hansen attended a one-room schoolhouse near Lyons, Neb. According to her web page at the Nebraska Center for books, she was raised "on land her grandparents farmed in the late 1800's as immigrants from Denmark."


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