Artistic Achievement Award – Literary Arts
Recognizes excellence and accomplishment in literary form.
Rex Walton has been writing for more than 40 years, getting more involved with poetry after several courses at the UNL English Department in 1984-86. Rex has worked with writers here in Nebraska with workshop presentations, most recently "Writers Write!" through the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. From 2001 through 2008, Rex organized “Poetry at the Moon”, a weekly series at Crescent Moon Coffee in Lincoln hosting over 250 readings with many writers from across Nebraska and Iowa. The series continues today. In 2015, Rex and Tom Franti began a weekly writing class at the Feast Program of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, a transition program for prisoners. Beginning in January 2016, Rex has managed a new monthly Songwriter/Writer series at Mo Java Café in the University Place area of Lincoln. His most recent endeavor is a monthly reading and workshop series at Red Path Gallery in Seward.