Omaha, Neb. native Mary K. Stillwell, who studied writing in New York and on the Plains, has published widely. “Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry,” co-edited with Backwaters Press publisher Greg Kosmicki, was a finalist in the 2011 One Book One Nebraska selection. Her dissertation was on contemporary Nebraska poets, including Bill Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser, Hilda Raz and Kathleene West. In addition to her literary work, Stillwell served as manager of NYU’s Office of Advertising and Publications and as communication and marketing director for Long Island University.