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Last updated 5:50AM ET
April 21, 2018
Nebraska News
Nebraska News
Native writers gather at UNK to observe and write about the sandhill crane migration.
(NET Radio) - Putting words to the annual sandhill crane migration: a select group of writers with indigenous backgrounds is finding the difficulty worthwhile. Jerry Johnston reports.

On Monday, March 23, when there will be a day-long series of events, all of which are free and open to the public. The festival activities will open with a joint presentation by the eight Literary Crane Writers from 10-11 a.m. in Thomas Hall on the UNK campus.
The featured writers include: Sherwin Bitsui, Tuscon, Ariz.; Fredy Romeiro Campo Chicangana, Colombia; Cristina Eisenberg, Glacier National Park, Mont.; LeAnne Howe, an associate professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Linda Hogan, professor emerita of the University of Colorado at Boulder; Laura Tohe, an associate professor in the Department of English at Arizona State University in Tempe; and Wang Ping, associate professor of creative writing at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
From 12:15-1:15 p.m., Eisenberg will give a presentation on wolf reclamation and biodiversity in Copeland Hall Room 131.
The Crane Retreat Writers will then join with Rowe Sanctuary and the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust to host literary and educational presentations for the Kearney Area Schools and the public at the Robert M. Merryman Performing Arts Center from 2 -3 p.m.
Concluding the day will be a 7 p.m. literary presentation in the Yanney Skylight Theater at the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA).
In Omaha on Tuesday, March 24, UNK and the University of Nebraska at Omaha will sponsor a collaborative presentation as Howe and Tohe will speak at the UNO Department of Omaha Native American Studies.
Closing the festival will be a presentation by Ping at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the Choral Room of the UNK Fine Arts Building. The presentation is free and open to the public.
The Crane Retreat Writers are also retreating with the Sandhill Cranes, Whooping Cranes and other species, during the migration at the Platte River Whooping Crane Maintenance Trust and Rowe Sanctuary for Sandhill Cranes.
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