Stories of This Place: Poetry and Folklore of Northeastern Nebraska - Center for Rural Affairs invites area residents to attend unique regional cultural event

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Kat Shiffler, kats@cfra.or, (402) 470-7639
Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.or, (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

Lyons, Nebraska - The Center for Rural Affairs along with the Nebraska Humanities Council and the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site will host a community storytelling event with Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet and area native.

“Twyla is a Lyons native whose books of poetry are filled with stories from her small farm upbringing in Northeast Nebraska,” commented Kat Shiffler with the Center for Rural Affairs. “Her presentation of poetry and folklore will portray stories of the land and it's people; a region steeped in history. From Chief Blackbird to Logan Creek, from country schools to haunted houses, Hansen's readings and stories will serve as an entertaining reflection on our region's folklore and identity. After her presentation, the floor will be open for community members to share their own stories.”
The Center encourages everyone to attend to learn more about the regional culture unique to Northeast Nebraska and exchange memories they have to tell. “Folktales, colorful exaggerations and half-truths welcome,” added Shiffler. Light refreshments and treats will be provided.
Who:  Twyla Hansen, Nebraska State Poet
What: A community storytelling event with Nebraska's State Poet and area native
When: Sunday afternoon, October 11th 4pm to 5:30pm
151 N Main St., Lyons, NE  (in the brick building adjacent to the Center for Rural Affairs office)
The event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Shiffler at

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