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UNO Writer's Workshop Records

Identifier: UNO-0128

Scope and Contents

UNO Writer's Workshop Publications includes complete runs of Smackwarm, The Nebraska Review, Annex 21, Orion, and The Periodical of Art in Nebraska, all serial titles published by the Writer's Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (early on known as the UNO-Community Writer's Workshop). Smackwarm (vol. 1, no. 1, 1973-vol. 12, no. 2, 1984) and its successor The Nebraska Review (vol. 13, no. 1, Winter 1984-vol. 31, no. 1, Winter 2003) featured fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Although The Nebraska Review was a nationally recognized magazine, it was terminated in 2003 due to budget cuts at UNO. Annex 21 (no. 1, 1978-no. 4, 1982) featured poetry. Orion (vol. 1, no. 1, Fall 1980-vol. 1, no. 3, 1981) featured science fiction short stories and art. The Periodical of Art in Nebraska (P-A-N) (1974-1977) featured poetry, fiction, criticism, and interviews relating to the arts in Nebraska.

The collection also includes audio and video recordings of Writer's Workshop events and readings. Approximately 210 audio cassettes covering a period from 1972 through 2003 include both student readings of their poetry and fiction and guest authors' lectures and readings. The recordings include such notable authors as William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Tobias Wolff, Adrienne Rich, and many others. The audio/visual portion of the collection also includes some VHS and U-Matic video cassette tapes and reel-to-reel audio tapes that have not yet been evaluated.

The collection also includes a series of Writer's Workshop posters. These include of a small selection of event publicity posters, the majority of which are screen-printed onto heavy cardstock. Some of these included other artwork, book covers, or clippings pasted on, some of which have since fallen off. The collection also includes 11 different 28" x 11" posters in a series entitled "Poetry in Motion," each of which is screen printed on heavy white cardstock with black text and an accent color for the series title and accompanying illustration. This "Poetry in Motion" series was displayed in the Metro Area Transit buses in Omaha, Nebraska, throughout the year 1984, featuring poets William Kloefkorn, the Nebraska State Poet; Susan Strayer Deal of Davenport, Iowa; Anita Norman of Kearney, Nebraska; Yvonne Brooks Grant of Omaha, Nebraska; Roy Scheele of Lincoln, Nebraska; Judith Bieker of Omaha, Nebraska; David Wyatt of Eugene, Oregon; William Trowbridge of Maryville, Missouri; Mark Metcalf of Monroe, Nebraska; Don Welch of Kearney, Nebraska; and J.V. Brummels of Wayne, Nebraska. In addition to the UNO Writer's Workshop, the "Poetry in Motion" project was sponsored by Metro Area Transit, the Metropolitan Arts Council, All Makes Office Equipment Co., the Nebraska Arts Council, UNO's College of Fine Arts, and Imperial Transit Co. For more information on the "Poetry in Motion" project, see: "'Poetry in Motion' to Brighten Up Buses. (1983, December 30). Omaha World-Herald.


  • Creation: 1973-2003


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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the Nebraska Public Records Statutes (Neb. Rev. Stat. §§ 84-712 through 84-712.09), and other relevant regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Nebraska Omaha assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, Archives & Special Collections will provide information about copyright owners and related information. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity. Further information about copyright policy is available at


7.85 Cubic Feet (26 boxes; 3 volumes; 9 miscellaneous loose audio/visual recordings; 1 oversize folder (30" W x 30" L x 1" thick))


Arranged into loose series. Series: Print Publications; Series: Audio/Visual Recordings; Series: Posters.

Print volumes of Writer's Workshop publications are integrated by call number into the University Archives book collection and may be found by searching the library catalog.

Audio/Visual recordings are arranged by format. Audio cassettes are arranged by date.

Posters are arranged by size within an oversize folder.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Writer's Workshop to the Criss Library prior to 2014. Further accession details are incomplete or absent.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

University of Nebraska at Omaha. Writer's Workshop.

Separated Materials

Video recordings of the T.V. Classroom program "Poetry Nebraska," produced by KYNE-TV, episodes 1-10 on U-Matic tape, have been transferred to the UNO Media Collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Criss Library staff prior to 2014.

UNO Writer's Workshop Publications
Angela Kroeger
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States