Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet

Twyla Hansen was nominated by Governor Dave Heineman to become Nebraska State Poet on November 14, 2013. Learn more about Twyla at the Humanities Nebraska website.

The Nebraska State Poet promotes and encourages appreciation of poetry and literary life in Nebraska while inspiring an emerging generation of new writers.

The Nebraska State Poet serves a five-year renewable term. Duties include serving as an advocate for poetry, literacy and literature in Nebraska; giving public presentations and readings, leading workshops and discussions; and providing other outreach in schools, libraries, literary festivals, and various venues in rural and urban communities throughout the state.

Statewide presentations by the State Poet will be funded in part through the Nebraska Arts Council’s Nebraska Touring Program and Humanities Nebraska’s Speakers Bureau.




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