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Listings For May, 2017

Listings After May

About the Poetry Menu

How to Submit Events

Donation Info


Arts Organizations

The Lincoln Arts Council

The Nebraska Arts Council

Nebraska Center for the Book

Humanities Nebraska

the Nebraska Writers Collective

Nebraska Writers Guild

Nebraskans For The Arts


Poetry Resources

American Life in Poetry: A column by Ted Kooser

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City


The Nebraska Center for Writers



The Nebraska Library Commission

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival

The Neihardt State Historic Site

Omaha Public Library


Series and Festivals

The Clean Part Reading Series

The (downtown) omaha lit fest

Feeback at KANEKO

John H. Ames Reading Series

Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains

The Nebraska Book Festival

the no name reading series

The Plains Writers Series

Tuesdays With Writers

Wayne State College Poetry Slams


Presses


The Backwaters Press

Bradypress

Logan House Press

University of Nebraska Press

Nebraska Territory Review

WSC Press and WSC Press Facebook


Independent Bookstores

A Novel Idea Bookstore

The Bookworm bookstore

Indigo Bridge Books


Blogs/Artist Info

The Heartland Voice blog

The H.U.N. Poets

Blog of the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

MidVerse.com

The Plains Song Review blog

Prairie Moon Reading & Music News (Lincoln-area readings)

Pseudo Poseur Productions

The Wordsmiths


National Poetry Resources

For US and worldwide poetry listings, go to The Poetry Kit


Poetryslam.com


National Poetry Month

  • 4/23, Su-- Talk Like Shakespeare Day!

  • 4/23, Su-- 11am-2:30pm, Words 4 Birds at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (11700 SW 100th St, Denton). Enjoy a day of words to celebrate nature and National Poetry Month The day will start with two poetry writing workshops, one for adults and one for youth, led by Sarah McKinstry-Brown and Matt Mason. After a bring-your-own picnic lunch, we will finish with a public reading of poems by both professional writers and workshop attendees. Free admission (donations welcome). This program is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. See more at springcreekprairie.audubon.org.

  • 4/23, Su-- CANCELED: National Poetry Month Ekprastic Show at the Artist's Coop. See more at the Facebook Event.

  • 4/24, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 4/25, Tu-- 6pm, Poetry Reading with Jeff Alessandrelli and Trey Moody in the Love Library South Room 221 (UNL campus, Lincoln). Jeff Alessandrelli and Trey Moody are alumni of the Creative Writing Program from the Department of English. Co-sponsored by University Libraries. See all the UNL National Poetry Month events at unl.edu/english.

  • 4/26, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 4/26, W-- 7pm, Backwaters Press National Poetry Month reading at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth, Omaha). Free and open to the public. Enjoy desserts and drinks. Arrive early to spin our Backwaters Prize Wheel. Celebrate National Poetry Month with these three talented authors: Jen Lambert, Miles Waggener and Michael Catherwood. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 4/26, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 4/27, Th-- National Poem In Your Pocket Day.

  • 4/27, Th-- 2pm, Spring 2017 Plains Writers Series featuring Poe Ballantine and Marjorie Saiser in the Wayne State College Humanities Building (2nd floor lounge, Wayne). Wayne State College’s Language and Literature Department, the School of Art and Humanities and the WSC Press are pleased to hold this spring’s Plains Writers Series to bring attention to the prose and poetry of local Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences. For more information, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 4/27, 7pm (5pm), the Wayne State College Lucky 13 Fiction Slam at the Max Bar and Grill (Downtown Wayne). The fiction slam starts at 7pm, with required prelims starting at 5pm. If anyone would like to participate in the slam they will need 2 original short stories and $5 for registration at the door. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 4/27, Th-- 7-9pm, Louder Than a Bomb Coach's Showcase at the Omaha Design Center (1502 Cuming St, Omaha). Tonight we feature 3 of our Lincoln coaches: Stacey Waite, Ryler Dustin, and Reagan Myers. Sponsored by Omaha Creative Institute and the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 4/27, Th-- 7pm, Poetry Reading with Jeff Alessandrelli and Trey Moody in the Nebraska Union Auditorium (UNL campus, Lincoln). Honest, fierce and creative performances by nationally-competing student poets. See all the UNL National Poetry Month events at unl.edu/english.

  • 4/28, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe (419 North Dewey St, North Platte). It's a fun, funny, widely varied group. Poems can be short or long, funny or touching, rhymed or free verse. Musicians too. George Lauby of The North Platte Bulletin emcees and makes you feel comfortable. (2nd and 4th Friday).

  • 4/29, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 4/29, Sa-- 7-9pm, fundraiser for the 2017 Omaha Poetry Slam Team at the Down Under Lounge (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). For more details, see the Facebook event page.

May

  • 5/1, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 5/3, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/3, W-- 7pm, Show & Tell StorySlam at The Sydney (5918 Maple St, Omaha). This is a fun, loose, (kind of) competitive storytelling event for adults. May the Fourth is upon us! We want to hear your stories about whatever makes you geek out and has you wearing the label of nerd, geek or weirdo with pride. 21 and over, prizes, see all the details at the Facebook Event page.

  • 5/3, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 5/6, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 5/6, Sa-- 2:30-3:30pm, A Room of Her Own: Discussions on Writing Spaces by J.R. Dawson in UNO Community Engagement Center Room 231 (South of the UNO Bell Tower, Omaha, open parking on campus). Poet and science fiction writer J.R. Dawson gives a presentation that explores what it is like to be a working writer. Describing a typical day and the significance of a writing space, Dawson offers insight on how a writer forms a functioning routine to create professional work. There will also be a reading and Q&A. (This presentation is a collaboration between the Nebraska Writers Collective and Omaha Creative Institute's CSArt Omaha program)

  • 5/6, Sa-- 7pm, Red Path Readers at Red Path Gallery (514 Seward St, Seward).

  • 5/7, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Southeast event at Sarpy County Museum, (Bellevue). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lucy Adkins and Marge Saiser (Poetry of Women on the Land); Ben Justman (Offutt Air Force Base History - World War II). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Margaret Lukas, "Nuts and Bolts and Beyond," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Omaha south to the Kansas Border, west to Red Cloud and north to St. Paul are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by April 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 5/7, Su-- 5-7pm, free performance poetry/storytelling writing workshop at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Join Greg Harries and April Follmer to share and generate writing intended for performance. There will be time for feedback on written work, performance development, and writing prompts, with drinks and conversation on the side. (1st and 3rd Sunday)

  • 5/8, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 5/9, Tu-- 7pm, Front Porch Reading Series poetry reading/discussion by Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen at G. W. Frank Museum of History and Culture (UNK, 2010 University Drive, Kearney). Free and open to the public. For more information, call 308-224-2125.

  • 5/10, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/10, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 5/11, Th-- 6-8pm, The Final Reading event in Harper Center room 3029 (Creighton University, Omaha). Creighton University’s MFA Program will host The Final Reading, a send-off event for upcoming graduates. Editors of Backwaters Press, Spark Wheel Press, Blue River, burntdistrict, and F(r)iction—organizations that students and alumni are affiliated with—will have representative readers. Merchandise will be available for purchase by cash or check. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 5/12, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe (419 North Dewey St, North Platte). It's a fun, funny, widely varied group. Poems can be short or long, funny or touching, rhymed or free verse. Musicians too. George Lauby of The North Platte Bulletin emcees and makes you feel comfortable. (2nd and 4th Friday).

  • 5/13, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 5/13, Sa-- 7pm, the Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at the Apollon (1801 Vinton St, Omaha). It's the longest-running slam in Omaha, often featuring some of the best performance poets in the nation. Open mic starts at 7 followed by the slam. Hosted by Colleen O'Doherty. $5, $3 for students. See more at the Facebook Event Page. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 5/15, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 5/17, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/17, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 5/18, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Withlove,Felicia and Michelle Troxclair at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). $7. Crabby about the political climate? Want some okra change? Just want to discuss your relationshrimps--or the andouille sausage in your life? Well, Verbal Gumbo is here with some hot, spicey flava with a side o' rice and rhythm. This is the Spoken Word event that promotes our rich diversity of culture and style. Soul session immediately following by Dj Foxy Troxy. (3rd Thursday)

  • 5/20, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 5/20, Sa-- 7pm, Omaha Poetry Slam themed poetry slam at the Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St, Omaha). Details heading your way, but know this will be a fun themed one. Will it be a no-rules slam? A night of duets? Some fun is in the works! Affordable parking just across the street! $5 cover. See more at the Facebook event page.

  • 5/21, Su-- 5-7pm, free performance poetry/storytelling writing workshop at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Join Greg Harries and April Follmer to share and generate writing intended for performance. There will be time for feedback on written work, performance development, and writing prompts, with drinks and conversation on the side. (1st and 3rd Sunday)

  • 5/22, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 5/23, Tu-- 7pm, Imaginary Gardens Reading at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring poets . This monthly series by Michael Skau features talented local poets.

  • 5/24, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/24, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 5/26, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe (419 North Dewey St, North Platte). It's a fun, funny, widely varied group. Poems can be short or long, funny or touching, rhymed or free verse. Musicians too. George Lauby of The North Platte Bulletin emcees and makes you feel comfortable. (2nd and 4th Friday).

  • 5/26 and 27, F-- 7:30pm and Sa-- 2pm and 7:30pm, World Premiere, Stranger from Paradise: An opera drawn from the lives and work of William and Catherine Blake at Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus (2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave, ITC Building, Room 120, Omaha). Music by Nevada Jones, Libretto by Kevin Lawler. A co-production of Opera Omaha and the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the show is an exploration of the love, life and work of the prophetic artist William Blake and his wife and collaborator, Catherine. Free. See more at: http://www.gptcplays.com

  • 5/27, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 5/28, Sa-- 7-9:30pm, Gratitude Café Writer's Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner, Lincoln). The only prime time weekend writer's night in town, with a featured reading, open mic and discussion for poets, novelists, and short story writers. (4th Saturday).

  • 5/30, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

Coming Up:

  • 6/1, Th-- 7pm, Envisioning the Heartland Wright Morris photography exhibition gallery talk, poetry reading/discussion by Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen and UNL Professor of Art (Photography) Dana Fritz at Sheldon Museum of Art (UNL, R St & N 12th St, Lincoln). Free and open to the public. For more information, call 402-472-7858.

  • 6/4, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Southwest event at McCook Public Library (McCook). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lorraine J. Duggin (Folktales, Folksongs, and Folk Dances of 1867 Nebraska); Karen Wyatt Drevo (Maria Rodaway: Prairie Pioneer). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Sarah Buhrman, "Throwing Rocks: Creating Obstacles in Story," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Riverton north to Wolbach south to Heartwell and south of Highways 6 and 23 west to the Colorado border are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by May 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 6/20, Tu-- 7pm, Imaginary Gardens Reading at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring poets from the new Backwaters Press 20th anniversary anthology Watching The Perseids. Readers tonight include Jeanne Emmons, Richard Robbins, Twyla Hansen, Rodger Gerberding, Barb Schmitz, Marge Saiser and Matt Mason. This monthly series by Michael Skau features talented local poets. Find more information at the Facebook Event page.

  • 7/2, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Big Springs Corner event at Lincoln County Historical Museum (North Platte). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lucy Adkins (Poetry of Women on the Land); Terry Lane (Meet Buffalo Bill). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Twyla Hansen, Nebraska's State Poet, "Playing Around with Words: Poems, Stories, and the Creative Process," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Kearney south to Highways 6 and 23, west to the Colorado Border, north to Arthur, and east to Broken Bow are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by June 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 7/14-15, F-Sa, the Nebraska Book Festival at Constellation Studios (2055 O St, Lincoln) and Union Plaza (Antelope Valley neighborhood, Lincoln). See details at the Facebook Page and at the website for the Book Festival.

  • 8/6, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Panhandle Southwest event at Kimball Public Library (Kimball). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Darrel Draper (Nebraska History as Told by Peter Sarpy); Cheryl Paden (Meet Bess Streeter Aldrich). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by N.L. Sharp, "The Rim of the Prairie: A Writing Practice Marathon," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Henry east to Arthur south to Ogallala and west to the Colorado and Wyoming borders are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by July 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).



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