Nebraska’s state poet bringing poetry to rural communities through pen pal program

State Poet Matt Mason Brings Poetry To Rural Nebraska Courtesy Matt Mason

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Poetry is coming to small towns across Nebraska with help from the state’s poet.

State poet Matt Mason is launching the Nebraska Poetry Pen Pal Program in conjunction with Humanities Nebraska, the Academy of American Poets and the Mellon Foundation.

The program will bring poetry to Nebraska’s rural communities with the intention of sparking interest in the art form through readings and discussions.

To kick things off, events are scheduled next week at libraries and schools in Valentine, Gordon and Chadron. The state poet will lead the tour, accompanied by Nebraska poets Zedeka Poindexter and joe fromLongIsland.

“We hope to start conversations between poets from different parts of the state and different backgrounds,” Mason said in a press release. “I’ll have all three poets on the tour read poems about our lives and our experiences and, hopefully, teachers, students and other writers invited will also read with us. Then there will be discussion about our poems and writing, with communication encouraged afterward.”

Mason hopes the events will encourage poets of all backgrounds to keep working and stay in touch. He also plans to tour the state early next year and again next fall.

For those interested in bringing the program to a local library, school or correctional facility, you are invited to contact Mason directly at

A full schedule of events can be found on the Humanities Nebraska website.

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