Renken stars in upcoming Plains Writers Series


Samuel Renken currently has two published books of poetry.

Elizabeth Hjelm, Staff Writer

Wayne State plans to host the Plains Writers Series on March 31 at 4 p.m.
The meeting, set to be held via Zoom, is hosted by WSC’s Language and Literature department. The event will be headlined by Samuel Stenger Renken.
The event was made to bring attention to the young writers in the Great Plains and their prose and poetry, through reading to local audiences and interacting through the readings.
The Language and Literature department has teamed up with the Visiting Writers Series at Northeast Community College, in Norfolk.
Now, after more than a few years away from his early home in the Nebraska Sandhills, Renken has put together his first book-length collection of poems, and it pleases me that so many of them, in a variety of ways and degrees, reveal connections to the writer s upbringing, according to
Renken received his bachelor of arts degree from Nebraska Wesleyan and was notably taught by the late Bill Kloefkorn.
Later, Renken completed his master of arts degree at Clemson University in South Carolina, and a master of fine arts in Wyoming. He now works as the managing director of Consolidated Planning Atlanta.
Renken’s first published poetry book spans eight pages and is titled “Where to Start.” His second and most recently published book, “First Pony Out,” spans 118 pages, and tells tales of the old west. Both books can be found and ordered on Amazon.
The link to the Zoom meeting can be found via the website. An additional meeting for the Plains Writers Series will be held on April 21, with more details to follow.