professor of English, 308.865.8164
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Reynolds Writers & Readers Series will present readings by UNK emeritus professor of English Dr. Don Welch and his daughter Shannon Vessly at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA).
Dr. Welch, who held the first two endowed chairs at UNK–the Martin Chair of English and the Reynolds Chair of Poetry, currently teaches in the Department of Philosophy. A Nebraska native, Dr. Welch holds a B.A. from Kearney State College/UNK, an M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He retired as Reynolds Professor of Poetry at UNK.
Winner of the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry in 1980, Dr. Welch is the author of numerous collections of poetry including: Deadhorse Table, Handwork, The Rarer Game, The Keeper of Miniature Deer, The Marginalist, Every Mouth of Autumn Says Good-bye, The Breeder of Archangels/Requiem for StanleySmith, Inklings: Poems Old and New, and The Alley Poems .
Teacher and poet Shannon Vessly earned both her B.A. and MA from UNK. She has taught at the college and community college levels, and currently teaches at Davis County High School in Bloomfield, Iowa . She has been honored as one of the Midwest’s outstanding teachers. Her most recent chapbook of poems is titled Davis County Psalms, consisting of meditations on her early morning walks near her home in southeastern Iowa. Vessly’s poems have appeared in Conduit,Tin House and Volt.
Reynolds Writers & Readers Series presentations are free and open to the public. There will be a book signing and reception after the readings. For more information, contact Charles Fort at (308) 865-8164.