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William (Bill) Kloefkorn, professor emeritus of English at Nebraska Wesleyan University and the State Poet of Nebraska (since 1982) was born in Kansas in 1932, and died while this book was in preparation to go to press(May 2011). He was the author of more than twenty collections of poetry, two short story collections for adults and one for children, and four memoirs. Although Kloefkorn's career was steadfastly academic in nature — before coming to Nebraska Wesleyan, he taught high school and at Wichita State University — Kloefkorn did, in fact, win the 1978 Nebraska Hog-Calling Championship, a fact which may explain his close friendship with former hog farmer poet David Lee.

Called a "modest Midwestern writer," Kloefkorn will always be remembered as a poet of the Great Plains. From prairie flowers to tractor accidents to wild weather, Kloefkorn's remarkably accurate eye and ear root us to particular moments in particular places. As Booklist put it: "It takes a rare and gifted writer to seamlessly transport the reader through the devastating fury of rumbling tornadoes and the delectable freshness of romantic awakenings."

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