Staff, Teaching Artists, & Board
Staff and Teaching Artists
Matt Mason has been Executive Director of the NWC since 2009, greatly expanding the reach of its Poets On Loan program while adding an Omaha affiliate of Chicago’s Louder Than a Bomb youth poetry festival to the lineup. He excels at coordinating large projects and at recruiting professionals and volunteers to the causes the Nebraska Writers Collective. This work earned him a 2014 Governor’s Arts Award in the Emerging Leader category.
Matt has been a Finalist for the position of Nebraska State Poet and was featured in Ted Kooser’s weekly newspaper column “American Life in Poetry.” He has been on six teams at the National Poetry Slam and has won a Pushcart Prize and two Nebraska Book Awards for his work. He was also tapped by the US Department of State to implement poetry programs in Nepal, Botswana, Belarus, and Romania.
In addition to his duties with the Nebraska Writers Collective, Matt has served as the president of the board of directors for the Nebraska Center for the Book and is the Nebraska State Coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recital program sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Michelle Troxclair is the Deputy Director of the Nebraska Writers Collective and has worked to improve operations and program efficiency for the organization since 2014. She is a mother of 3 who has worked over the past 20 years in both non-profits and the arts. She holds a Bachelor’s in English, a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in Fine Arts in Poetry, all from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Michelle is a poet/ spoken word artist, arts coordinator and advocate, spending the past 17 years honing her craft.. Having surrounded herself with talented artists in all genres, she has hosted open mics including her latest as a co-host with Felicia Webster of Verbal Gumbo, now entering its 5th year. She is a founding member of the spoken word troop, The Wordsmiths, who perform poetry and storytelling in the African American Oral Tradition around the state and are part of Humanities Nebraska’s Speakers Bureau. The troop was recently selected as Artists-in-Residence for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts’ Carver Bank program.
Michelle has worked with a number of organizations and causes for the betterment of her community and artists including FLIYE Arts, Juneteenth Nebraska, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Creighton University College of Business, and more.
Steve Langan is founder and director of the Seven Doctors Project, a Nebraska Writers Collective program formed in 2008 and originally based at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He also teaches in the University of Nebraska MFA in Writing program and the University of Nebraska at Omaha English Department. Langan is the author of three collections of poems–Freezing, Notes on Exile and Other Poems, and Meet Me at the Happy Bar. He serves as executive director of HONOReform Foundation, a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to safeguarding the medical injection process.
Stacey Waite is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and has published four collections of poems: Choke (winner of the 2004 Frank O’Hara Prize), Love Poem to Androgyny (winner of the 2006 Main Street Rag Chapbook Competition), the lake has no saint (winner of the 2008 Snowbound Prize from Tupelo Press), and Butch Geography (Tupelo Press, 2013). Waite’s poems have been published most recently in The Cream City Review, Bloom, Indiana Review, and Black Warrior Review. Waite is also the co-host of the radio podcast Air Schooner produced by Prairie Schooner.
Core Teaching Artists
Nicholas Bell has been a teaching artist with the Nebraska Writers Collective since 2012. He has his MFA degree from Queens University of Charlotte and completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His passion is teaching creative writing in prisons and juvenile detention centers.
Greg Harries is in his second year as a Core Teaching Artist with Nebraska Writers Collective. He runs the New Timey Podcast Network, featuring live theatrical content as well as acts and does stand-up comedy. He represented Omaha at the Individual Poetry Slam championships in 2013 and was on the 2015 Omaha Poetry Slam team.
Pat McEvoy has been a teaching artist with the Nebraska Writers Collective since 2012 and been on 2 teams at the National Poetry Slam.
Brittany Young has inspired audiences with her gift of poetry since 2008. She is an author, entrepreneur, and speaker. She is also the founder of Brittany Young Enterprises, a non-profit communications entity that empowers people through inspirational media and creative workshops. Brittany also serves as Operations Director of The Start Center in Omaha, NE.
Board of Directors
Carol Kloss McClellan, President
Tina Lonergan, Vice-President
Ana Palma, Secretary
Ayanna Boykins, Treasurer