Nilsen Visiting Writer Series Welcomes Award-Winning Poet to Southeast


Award-winning poet Sara Henning will perform a public reading of her work on Monday, Nov. 11, at Southeast Missouri State University as part of the Dorothy and Wedel Nilsen Visiting Writers Series.

The event, sponsored by the Southeast Missouri State University Press, is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. in the University Center Redhawks Room, and is free and open to the public.

A book signing will follow the reading, and books will be available for purchase at the event.

The Nilsen Visiting Writer Program brings a successful writer to campus each semester to talk with students about the crafts of writing and editing.

Henning is the author of “View from True North” and a co-winner of the 2017 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award. Her work has been shortlisted by Jacar Press for the 2018 Julie Suk Award, and she has received the 2019 High Plains Book Award. Additionally, she was awarded the 2015 Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize and the 2019 Poetry Society of America’s George Bogin Memorial Award. She also received  the Tennessee Williams Scholarship in poetry at the 2019 Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Henning teaches writing at Stephen F. Austin State University, where she also serves as poetry editor for the Stephen F. Austin State University Press.

For more information, contact Dr. Jenny Cropp, assistant professor of English at Southeast, at (573) 651-2624 or