The annual award honors work dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the life and works of Neihardt, Nebraska’s poet laureate. The University of Nebraska Press publishes many of Neihardt’s works, including “Black Elk Speaks.”
“The Neihardt Foundation recognizes the contributions of the University of Nebraska Press in spreading the words of John Neihardt throughout the United States and around the globe,” said Jon Cerny, president of the Neihardt Foundation. “It is fitting that they are the recipients of the 2018 Word Sender Award.”
Donna Shear, director of the NU Press, was presented the award at the Laureate’s Feast, Nov. 11 in Omaha.
“Please know that this is in no way the culmination of the (NU) Press’s efforts on behalf of the Neihardt corpus,” Shear said. “Rather, it will help to serve as another reminder of the importance, brilliance, and significance of his works and our special role in keeping them in front of readers all over the world.”
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