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Omaha writer to read at next Northeast Visiting Writer’s Series event

Omaha writer to read at next Northeast Visiting Writer’s Series event

NORFOLK, Neb. – A writer from Omaha will be featured during the next Visiting Writers Series event of the spring semester at Northeast Community College. Dave Mainelli will read from his work during a virtual presentation on Wed., April 21, at 4 p.m.

The presentation may be viewed through Zoom at   

Mainelli’s first book of short stories How To Be Lonely (Wayne State Press) tests the limits of the human condition and Albert Camus' "serious problem" on whether life is worth living. His writing often delves into the American lower middle class and those living just below the veil of the American dream. His characters are continually searching for hope when they think none can be found. His tales are made with a dark humor and melancholy recipe that keeps the reader contemplating the rest of their day.

In 2012, Mainelli came down with a serious illness and reestablished some priorities in his life. Music and writing came to the forefront and has remained there since. He’s a graduate of the University of Nebraska Master of Fine Arts program in Fiction and a singer/songwriter as a member of the group Bazile Mills. Mainelli has also owned restaurants for over 25 years and has traveled around the world as a business consultant. He teaches writing at Iowa Western Community College and Wayne State College. 

Mainelli’s appearance is sponsored by the Northeast Community College English Department through its Visiting Writers Series. All events are free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Bonnie Johnson-Bartee, coordinator at or call (402) 844-7673.