DON WELCH was a Nebraska native and the author of numerous collections of poetry including Dead Horse Table (1975), The Rarer Game (1980), A Brief History of Feathers (1996), Inklings: Poems Old and New (2001), and Gutter Flowers (2005). He won many awards and honors, including the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. A poet and educator, Welch was born in Hastings, and spent his early years roaming through small towns definitive of Nebraska, such as Gothenburg and Columbus. Welch earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He began his career teaching English at Gothenburg High School, the same school from which he graduated, until accepting a position at Hastings College. He also taught poetry writing to primary and secondary students through the Nebraska Arts Council. He continued his career in education as a professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he taught English and Philosophy for forty years, retiring as the Reynolds Poetry Professor. A volume of his writing, Homing: The Collected Poems of Don Welch (2016) is available on Amazon.