Nebraska

In 2013 Twyla Hansen was appointed Nebraska State Poet for which she will serve a five-year renewable term. Hansen is the author of five poetry collections, as well as coauthor with Linda M. Hasselstrom of the book, Dirt Songs: A Plain Deut (The Backwaters Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Nebraska Book Award and was finalist for the 2012 High Plains Book Award and 2012 WILLA Literary Award. 

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—Daniel Freeman, first to file claim, Jan. 1, 1863

Here, an abundance of trees, stream, prairie—
enough to sustain a family, prove up this plot of land,
the first of thousands to be claimed across America.

Place that was first inhabited by natives, lodge-

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