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Kristin Walrod (novelist) & Matt Geiler (comedian & musician) pulled back the curtain on their creative process and invited you to become part of the conversation. They gathered with a community of readers and writers on April 19 from 7 – 9 PM to listen and respond to readings from Walrod and Geiler. We dove deeper into their creative process and improved upon our own at a free writing workshop on April 21 from 11:30 – 1:30 PM.
Presented by KANEKO and the Nebraska Writers Collective, feedback is an ongoing series that aims to enliven the conversation about the writing process providing novice and experienced writers an opportunity to collaborate and strengthen their work.
About Kristin Walrod: Kristin Walrod is a Portland, Oregon-based fiction writer whose stories and essays have appeared in Literal Latte, Nervy Girl, Stringtown, Storyglossia and Columbia Gorge Magazine. Recently, she has had stories shortlisted for The Masters Review Volume V Anthology and for the Fish Publishing Flash Fiction Prize.
Ms. Walrod has been teaching creative writing in middle school, high school and adult settings for over a decade; currently, she is an instructor at Portland Community College. She serves on the board of the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, a workshop and residency program on the Oregon coast, and on the National Advisory Council of Gray Wolf Press, an award-winning, independent publisher. She has an A.B. in public policy studies from Duke University and an MFA in fiction from Antioch, LA. She has worked as an arts–in-education facilitator and coach, as well as a literacy, arts, and education advocate. She is completing her first novel, By Accident. Find out more about Kristin at kristinwalrod.com
About Matt Geiler: Matt Geiler is a comedian, artist, and musician with a passion for making people laugh. A virtuoso musical improviser and freestyle rapper, Matt’s live appearances are completely off-the-cuff concerts of hilarious songs made up from audience suggestions. He’s toured and performed his incomparable show #MakeMattSING! all over the country and is frequently added to live dates by Wayne Brady who calls Matt “The Beast” and “one of the smartest, funniest performers I’ve had the joy of performing with.”
Matt is also an emerging television and film star, most recently as a featured performer on the current season of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and as the host of the internationally-broadcast dating show What’s In My Pocket? His latest big-screen appearance was as sleazy Hollywood hustler G alongside Cedric Yarbrough (Speechless) in Brian Burton’s The Chauffeur, which screened at Tribeca in 2016.
Besides his comedy work, Matt is also a sought-after voice-over artist and is legitimately Internet-famous as the Dancing Pumpkin Man meme that signals the arrival of Halloween every year. When he’s not performing, Matt writes, records, and produces music for his indie-pop project Frederick Julius and is also a professional illustrator of several children’s books, including his own The Adventures Of Edison Matthews. To learn more go to mattgeiler.com
About The Nebraska Writers Collective: Founded in 2008, The Nebraska Writers Collective is an Omaha-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that fosters personal empowerment and community-building in the Midwest through creative writing and performance poetry. We pursue this mission through a variety of literary outreach programs, but primarily through hands-on, interactive workshops focused on the creation and performance of original writing.
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