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Sheldon Art Association Members Book Club

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Triple Amputee Pilot to Speak at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

Modified Flight Plan authors Brian Thomas and Lisa Kovanda will speak at an event hosted by Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital on Friday, June 21. Modified Flight Plan, tells the story of Brian, a pilot and mechanic, whose dreams are put in danger because of a rare bleeding disorder. After enduring a spleen removal and chemotherapy in attempts to cure the disease, he is left with a weak immune system. In April of 2009, Brian left his job at Duncan Aviation, where he was an aviation mechanic, to go home with what he thought was the flu. Four hours later, he is comatose and on life-support. His hands, feet, and face develop gangrene, and ten days later when he wakes up, he must face the prospect of becoming a quadruple amputee. Surgeons are able to save his left hand, but he faces a long road to recovery, and regaining his life. Facing his situation with great courage, he overcomes these enormous setbacks and is able to regain his life through rehabilitation at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.

Today, Brian is not only flying again, he also uses his experience to help others. In addition to being a writer, he is a Certified Peer Visitor with Amputee Empowerment Partners and a member of Pilots of America. And, he has returned to work at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln. Brian's co-author Lisa Kovanda is an award-winning writer and current President of the Nebraska Writers Guild. She is also a charter member of the Nebraska Film Association. She has penned Reckless Abandon, The Hunt, and Cedar in Seattle.

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Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Writers Series: Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodward

This year's spring Visiting Writers Series will include a music theme. The final reading features a poetry reading and piano performance by Oni Buchanan and Jon Woodward.

Concert pianist Oni Buchanan is also an award-winning poet. Her third poetry book, Must a Violence (University of Iowa) appeared in 2012. Her second book of poetry,Spring (University of Illinois Press, 2008), was selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and her first book, What Animal (UGA Press, 2003), was winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition.

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NWU Visiting Writers Series: John Walker, singer/songwriter

John Walker is a transplanted Okie who calls Nebraska home. Retired from his first vocation of teaching philosophy at Nebraska Wesleyan University, he continues his second vocation of writing folky/bluesy songs and performing throughout the Midwest. He is a member of the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Artists Program. He performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts as Nebraska's representative to the Center's Statehood Days Concerts in 2003 and again in 2008 as a part of the Center’s celebration of “Arts Across America.” He writes songs and poems and stories because he can’t help it. He lives in Lincoln with his partner, Dena, and their dogs, Suzi and Sally the Westies and Muddy Waters the black Lab.

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Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Writers Series: Adam Prince and Charlotte Pence

 

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