What’s New

Happy to have a poem accepted by Water~Stone Review for fall 2015. New work is also forthcoming in The UCity Review, The Threepenny Review, Bayou, and Fourth River.

Omaha Gives!, an online donation day sponsored by the Omaha Community Foundation, was a great success, drawing more than $8,000,000 of online contributions. Many thanks to those who gave to the Backwaters Press! Our total raised was $2,830!

The deadline for the Backwaters Prize is May 31. Send in your original poetry manuscripts now! This year’s judge is Heid E. Erdrich. Submit online at https://thebackwaterspress.submittable.com/submit

Jack Baker was the “openly gay” (in a phrase that already seems dated) student-body president at the University of Minnesota in 1971, and he and his husband (now in their 70s) are interviewed in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/17/us/the-same-sex-couple-who-got-a-marriage-license-in-1971.html  My Queer Lit class learned about him this semester when we visited the Tretter Collection at University Libraries Archives: https://www.lib.umn.edu/scrbm/tretter

Thanks to our esteemed alum Garrison Keillor for meeting with Ivory Tower, the literary magazine class I teach at the University of Minnesota: http://ivory-tower.umn.edu 

Me and my shadow: check out my flash essay on my doppelgänger at Slag Glass City: http://www.slagglasscity.org/dispatches/all-the-citys-a-stage/regeneration/