UNK handwriting contest keeps cursive alive

KEARNEY — Cursive is not crazy.

At least that’s the case at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, which is accepting entries for its long-standing Nebraska Handwriting Contest.

In its 29th year, the competition promotes legible handwriting as an effective means of communication.

The contest is open to all Nebraska residents in four age categories: 12 and younger, ages 13-16, ages 17-49 and ages 50 and older. The entry deadline is March 31. It is administered by UNK’s Department of Teacher Education and supported by the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska State Education Association.

Contestants will be provided text to copy for their entry, which must be written in any of the various styles of cursive handwriting and not printed. For official rules and text to be copied, visit http://coe.unk.edu/contest/.

The following criteria will be used to judge entries: ease of reading, fluent rhythmic movement and technically correct performance of specifications such as the slope, space, size and shape of the letters.

The Nebraska Handwriting Contest was created in 1991 by Tom Hutson of Red Cloud in memory of his mother, Eva.

All entries should be mailed to: Nebraska Handwriting Contest, Attention: Julie Agard, University of Nebraska at Kearney/Department of Teacher Education, Kearney, NE, 68849.

For more information, contact Agard at 308-865-8556.

Poetry slam champion to speak at Hastings College

HASTINGS — Janae Johnson, the 2015 Women of the World Poetry Champion and 2015 National Poetry Slam Champion is coming to Hastings College on Wednesday.

Johnson will present “Lyrical Justice: Giving Voice to Marginalized Groups” as part of the College’s Women’s History Month series, at 7 p.m. in the Scott Studio Theatre, 806 N. Turner Ave. There is no admission charge.

She will also host a workshop for students earlier in the day.

Johnson, who resides in Berkeley, Calif., is a black queer poet, community organizer, teaching artist and full-time educator. She holds a master’s in educational leadership, is a senior program manager at Youth Speaks, and facilitates writing and performance workshops for all ages.

She is also the co-founder of both the Root Slam poetry venue in Oakland, Calif., and The House Slam poetry venue in Boston. Her poetry has appeared in outlets such as ESPN, PBS Newshour, Blavity and “Kinfolks: A Journal of Black Expression.” Her work aims to address the intricacies of black masculinity while balancing her love for her family, Motown music and women’s basketball.

For more about Johnson and videos of her work, go to janaejohnson.com.

Johnson’s address is made possible through funding from the Hastings College Lecture Series.

MONA event to showcase string music

KEARNEY — String music will fill the air during a MONA Showcase program set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave., in Kearney.

The evening will open with music from a pre-concert cello trio at 6:30 p.m., with the UNK Thorton String Quartet following at 7.

MONA Showcase is a five-program evening series featuring visual, performing and literary artists held once a month in October, November, December, February, and March. Each program is followed by conversation, art viewing and light refreshments.

For more information, call the (308) 865-8559.

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