Alison Hedge Coke
Reynolds Endowed Chair, 308.865.8672

Poets Kim Bleaser, Simmons Buntin, Lee Ann Roripaugh and Renee Sans Souci will read their work as a part of the fifth annual Literary CraneFest on Tuesday, March 20, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“These poets, writers and editors are all engaged in environmental writing and have worked for years to bring the best of it to the page, along with other contemporary works to influence the greater literary field,” said Allison Hedge Coke, Reynolds Chair and UNK associate professor of English. The readings, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Bleaser, is a poet and the editor of collections of Anishinaabe poetry, which Hedge Coke describes as “one of the flyway tribes with crane clan relationships.” Buntin, who writes both poetry and prose, is editor of “Terrain Eco Magazine.” Roripaugh is a poet, lyric essayist and the executive editor of the “South Dakota Review,” and San Souci is an Omaha Nation poet.

“This is a kicking week in the midst of crane dance apex in the epicenter of the Sandhill Crane migration, and we have gathered for these five years to honor them and bring individuals in the field while they engage with the cranes in retreat with us,” Hedge Coke said.