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Bellevue University Professor to Be Featured in Imaginary Gardens Reading Series

September 20 Event Is Free and Open to the Public

Bellevue University’s Dr. Clif Mason will be a featured reader in the Imaginary Gardens Readings Series on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. , at Mister Toad's, 1002 Howard St. in downtown Omaha. The event is free and open to the public. 

Mason, a professor of English and Humanities at the University, is an accomplished poet. He is the author of one full-length collection, Knocking the Stars Senseless (Stephen F. Austin State University Press), and three chapbooks: The Book of Night & Waking (winner of the Cathexis Northwest Press Chapbook Prize); Self-Portraits in Which I Do Not Appear (Finishing Line Press); and From the Dead Before (Lone Willow Press). 

Mason's work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has won prizes from the Joe Gouveia Outermost Poetry Contest (chosen by Marge Piercy), Writers’ Journal, Plainsongs, the Midwest Writers’ Conference, and the Academy of American Poets. He has been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to Rwanda, Africa..

Mason will be joined by Sarah Voss, a Unitarian Universalist minister, former math professor and poet who has has published several poetry chapbooks. In 2022, she published her first full-length book of poetry, Poems From the Gravel Road (FLP). She has also published extensively on religion and mathematics. Her most recent book is the Math Mystic's Guide (MMG) to Spiritual Creativity: Collected Work of Sarah Voss (forthcoming, Wipf and Stock). 

The Imaginary Gardens Reading Series was founded in 2014 by Michael Skau, an emeritus professor of English at the University of Nebraska Omaha. The readings are held at Mister Toad's in the Old Market on the third Tuesday of each month. The events are open to the public. 

For more information on the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series, visit

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Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (