Happy National Novel Writing Month! Even while I attended Creighton University’s MFA program, I participated in NaNoWriMo. It was tough, to say the least, but the upside was that I never had to worry about showing up to class empty handed.

In celebration of NaNoWriMo, I’d like to link you to this article by one of my former classmates. It’s titled, “National Novel Writing Month inspires Creighton writers,” and some of my own thoughts about the nonprofit are also there to read.

Here’s an excerpt:

‘It’s a great way to promote writing and reading and an everyman vision of being a writer,’ said Adams…

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Two Universities, One Reading, New Voices

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From left (for Creighton University): our lovely liaison and poet Allison Hraban, poet Aubree Else, and prose writer Nicole Koneck-Wilwerding.

This post is a little late, but I wanted to tell you all about an exciting reading I attended November 19. It was a special event—hosted by Creighton University and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO)—known as New Voices. Like the Fair Use readings, it is a series for young and emerging writers who want to read their work aloud to an audience.

There were four writers total, given roughly five minutes to read their work.

Nicole Koneck-Wilwerding began with her funny short story, appropriately titled “Thanksgiving”. It was a series of letters from the main character to her siblings, discussing her upcoming Thanksgiving dinner and the potential problems on the horizon. Through humor, wit, and awkward political battles, Nicole entertained us with a character that is more complex than she originally seems. It was an excellent and engaging piece.

Ashley, a representative of UNO, read next. She read a small collection of poems including “New Moon”, “She’s Human”, “Tabasco Sauce”, and others. Her poems at times were surprising, amusing, and thought-provoking. Some of her images were really interesting and strong. I enjoyed hearing Ashley’s work for the first time.

Nick, another representative for UNO, then read part of his short story “Mile Marker”. His story starts with a dead dog and has this mysterious mixed feeling of a combined Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel and a Stephen King novel. I thought Nick did well with surprise and power dynamics in his piece. I really enjoyed hearing his work for the first time.

Aubree Else finished up the night with a collection of her poems. Some of them I was familiar with from the Fair Use reading like “North G Street House” and “The World Ends for a Fifth Time”. She also read some poems I was not familiar with, like “The Indian Leopard Sticks His Head Into a Pot” and “Waste Places”. I really enjoyed listening to all of them. The last one was my favorite thus far, but each one compelled me to listen and pay attention.

The New Voices readings sometimes feature graduate students, but there are often undergraduate students as well. If you have a chance to attend the next one, I’d encourage you to do so. It’s always wise to support your local writers.

Blue River Now Open for Submissions

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My fellow writers, I have exciting news. Blue River, a non-profit literary journal produced by Creighton University’s MFA program, is now seeking submissions. There is also a chance to win $500.

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About L. N. Holmes

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L. N. Holmes (Photo by Nicole Gentles.)

LeeAnn Nichole (Holmes) Adams writes under the pseudonym, L. N. Holmes. She is the author of Space, Collisions, a micro-chapbook published by Ghost City Press. Her fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction have appeared in literary journals and magazines such as Newfound, Obra/Artifact, Crack the SpineVestal Review, and F(r)iction, among others. Her longer projects are mostly works-in-progress. In addition to her creative writing, she’s written many book reviews, literary journal reviews, interviews, news articles, and more. She currently serves as a fiction editor for Green Briar Review and as a writing center consultant for Metropolitan Community College.

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Graduating from Salem College in 2013, Holmes received a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with minors in English and History. Later she attended Creighton University, where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 2017. In addition to formal education, she’s actively sought out other opportunities to learn and has attended writing conferences, workshops, and readings in many different states.

She has been honored with the 2012 Katherine B. Rondthaler Award for Poetry, the 2013 Salem College President’s Prize for Creative Writing, and a first place for nonfiction in a literary journal from the North Carolina College Media Association in 2013. She was also a half-fellow in the Creighton University MFA program and her poem, “War Song,” was long-listed for the 2016 Wisehouse International Poetry Award. Her flash fiction, “Pheonix Fire Fight,” recently won the April 2018 contest at Apparition Literary Magazine.

A native of Wilmington, Ohio, Holmes currently lives in Bellevue, Nebraska. She’s married to her wonderful husband, Collin, and has three furry pets—a dog, Cattleya, and two cats, Rex and Hadassah. She’s a Christian who believes in protecting the planet, equal pay for women, and loving your neighbor. You can follow her on Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, and LinkedIn—but she’s the most active on Twitter, where she tweets about literary stuff and video games.

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