Twyla M. Hansen’s Work


dirt-songs-plains-duet-paperback-cover-art“Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet” (with Linda Hasselstrom), The Backwaters Press, 2011.

“Prairie Suite: A Celebration” (poem-drawing collaboration with Paul Johnsgard), Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, 2006. Enjoy the free book download here.

“Potato Soup,” The Backwaters Press, 2003.

“Sanctuary Near Salt Creek,” Lone Willow Press, 2001.

“In Our Very Bones,” Slow Tempo P, 1997.

“How to Live in the Heartland,” Flatwater Editions, 1992.



“New Years on Nine-Mile” at Wednesday Words: The Braided River Series

“Scars” and “Midwestern Autumn,” UNL Nebraska Writing Project.

“Hailstorm, 1965,” Garrison Keillor’s “The Writers Almanac

“Walking, Early Spring,” The Laurel Review, vol. 31, no. 1 (Winter, 1997), 38.

Other poems in Ascent, The Briar Cliff Review, The Cape Rock, Crab Orchard Review, Credo, Fine Lines, Flint Hills Review, The Flintlock, The Heartlands Today, Kalliope, The Laurel Review, The MacGuffin, Midwest Quarterly, Mystic River, Natural Bridge, Nebraska Life, The Nebraska Review, New Delta Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Organization & Environment, Paddlefish, Palo Alto Review, Plains Song Review, Platte Valley Review, Prairie Schooner, Slant, South Dakota Review, Talking River Review, Whetstone, and others.



Women Write Resistance: Poets Resist Gender Violence, Blue Light Press, 2013.

The Untidy Season: Poetry by Nebraska Women. The Backwaters Press 2012.

Red Thread, Gold Thread: the Poet’s Voice Power of Poetry. Ravensun, 2009.

Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. The Backwaters Press, 2007.

Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. University of Nebraska Press, 2004.

Crazy Woman Creek: Women Rewrite the American West. Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Road Trip: Conversations With WritersThe Backwaters Press, 2003.

Poets Against the War. Nation Books, 2003.

Times of Sorrow, Times of GraceThe Backwaters Press, 2003.

Rural VoicesDirt Road Press, 2002.

Woven on the Wind. Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

Plains Sense of Things 2: Eight Poets from Lincoln, Nebraska (features Behrendt, Strayer, Raz, Kloefkorn, Kooser, Saiser, Scheele, Hansen). Sandhills Press, 1997.

Leaning Into the Wind. Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

A Contemporary Reader for Creative Writing. Harcourt Brace, 1994.

Inheriting the Land: Contemporary Voices from the Midwest. U of Minnesota P, 1993.

and others



NEH Head Says Humanities Funding Still A Question Mark

National Endowment for the Humanities Acting Chairman Jon Peede was in Omaha re