Gov. Dave Heineman has named Twyla Hansen of Lincoln as the Nebraska State Poet.
Hansen has been published in various periodicals and has published books. She has received the High Plains Book Award, the WILLA Literary Award, and twice has been awarded the Nebraska Book Award.
The State Poet Selection Committee, coordinated by the Nebraska Arts Council, Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Library Commission, recommend five persons to the governor from which to choose.
“We are excited that Governor Heineman has named Twyla as State Poet. She forms a nice bridge between the older generation of Nebraska poets and the younger poets, which know her as a good collaborator and mentor in her own right,” State Poet Selection Committee member and Executive Director of the Nebraska Arts Council, Suzanne Wise, said in a written statement released by the governor.
Hansen issued a statement as well:
“There are so many fine writers in this state; I am truly honored and humbled by this selection. I look forward to working with students and citizens in the creative writing process throughout our great State of Nebraska.”
Hansen, 64, will be the first woman to hold the position, which was created in 1921. She will serve a five year term, from December 1st this year until 2018.
Hansen has an undergraduate degree in Horticulture and a Master’s degree in Agroecology, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.