The Poetry Menu

The Poetry Menu makes event information available to daily and weekly newspapers as well as to a mailing list for poetry fans, so consider this a good, free resource for your events... Omaha poetry, Lincoln poetry, Scottsbluff, Kearney, Wayne, Norfolk, it's all here. Only your help can make this source work. We can't find all the poetry information ourselves, so Please send email with additions, changes, comments, and suggestions to poetrymenu@googlegroups.com.

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Listings For May, 2015

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

John H. Ames Reading Series

Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains

Naked Words open mic

The Nebraska Book Festival

the no name reading series

OM Center Poetry Events:
OmahaSlam.com

The Plains Writers Series

Tuesdays With Writers

Wayne State College Poetry Slams

Wednesday Words


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 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 (AKA: April)

  • 4/23, Th-- 7pm Plainsongs Poetry Magazine 35th Anniversary Celebration at The Lark Fine Arts Center (809 W. 2nd St., Hastings), featuring readings by Associate Editors Dwight Marsh, Becky Faber and Michael Catherwood, Don Welch, Marjorie Saiser and Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 402-461-7343.

  • 4/23, Th-- 8pm, poetry reading by A HREF="http://mockingbird.creighton.edu/NCW/stillwel.htm">Mary K Stillwell at Doane College's Lincoln campus (303 N 52nd St, Lincoln).

  • 4/24, F-- 7:30pm, Join 10 amazing poets for a night of poetry at the UNO Community Engagement Center (UNO Campus, OPPD Dialogue Room, 2nd Flr.). All poets featured had a book published in 2014 or 2015. Help us celebrate their newest work and have your thirst for poetry quenched. Sponsored by The Backwaters Press. See info at the Facebook event page. Features include Laura Madeline Wiseman, Barbara Schmitz, Brenda Sieczkowski, Greg Kosmicki, Raylyn Clacher, Kyle McCord, Cat Dixon, Rodger Gerberding, Britny Cordera Doane, Michael Skau.

  • 4/25, Sa-- the Nebraska Book Festival at the UNO Community Engagement Center (UNO campus, just south of the Bell Tower). More details soon. This event organized by the Nebraska Center for the Book.

  • 4/25, Sa-- Noon-3pm, Thirty-Six Views of O book release party at the Bill Hoover Studio in the Mastercraft Building (1111 North 13th St, Suite 135). Thirty-six Omaha writers and visual artists create a unique portrait of life in Omaha. Writers and artists who are featured in the book will be present and copies of the book will be available to purchase. The National Institute for the Lost is the creative laboratory of local poet, playwright, director, designer, producer and actor Kevin Lawler and are behind this book. See more at: www.nationallost.com/thirty-six-views-of-o.html.

  • 4/25, Sa-- 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 Friday, 4th Saturday).

  • 4/26, Su-- 1:30-4:30pm, KZUM Presents: How to Write a Slam Poem 101 featuring Cei Loofe at The Ferguson House (700 S 16th St, Lincoln). Join KZUM and "The Platte River Sampler" while Cei Loofe facilitates an entry level Slam Poetry class. Cei will take us through "how to write a slam poem" about whatever topic you choose. Guests will have an opportunity to recite their poem along with deliverance coaching. There will also be performances by local poets coinciding with the lesson, plus light refreshments. No registration required, but a suggested $5 donation to KZUM is appreciated. For more information, see the Facebook Event Page.

  • 4/26, Su-- 6pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Coach Showcase at the Shelterbelt Theatre (3225 California St, Omaha). Tonight features five coaches working with Louder Than a Bomb teams. For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/26, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 4/27, M-- 6pm, The ROUX at Love's Jazz and Art Center (2510 N 24th St, Omaha). The ROUX is a youth spoken and expressive open mic that allows young people under 21 to freely express themselves in a safe place with community love and support. The baby to VeRBal GuMBo the ROUX offers an opportunity for young people to share their work, learn how to host or greet, because it is youth run. $1. Donations are always appreciated ($ or snack items).

  • 4/27, 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)

  • 4/28, Tu-- 7-9pm, Publication Party for Marilyn Coffee's Thieves, Rascals & Sore Losers at the Apollon (1801 Vinton St, Omaha). Free light refreshments will be available, as well as drink specials. Marilyn Coffey is a national award-winning poet (Pushcart Prize) with more than 140 poetry publications. In 1991, Bandanna Books published her book-length feminist poem, A Cretan Cycle. Her latest poetry collection, Pricksongs, features tart poems from the Sixties. For more information, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 4/29, W-- 2pm "Poetry From the Plains" at the Museum Of Nebraska Art (MONA, 2401 Central Ave, Kearney). A new program to connect MONA's art collection with poet laureates, this month's presentation features Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen with a reading and discussion. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 308-865-8981.

  • 4/29, W-- 7pm, The Backwaters Press presents Brent Spencer and Jonis Agee at the UNO Community Engagement Center (UNO campus, south of the Bell Tower). Reading is free and open to the public. See the Facebook Event Page for more details.

  • 4/29, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

  • 4/30, Th-- 7pm, Book launch for Maps & Destinations and poetry reading by Mary K Stillwell and A HREF="https://www.facebook.com/twylamhansen.nebraskastatepoet">Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen at Indigo Bridge Books (The Creamery Building, 701 P St, Suite 102, Lincoln).

May

  • 5/2, Sa-- 7pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains individual finals at the UNL Student Union Colonial Room (14th and R Sts, Lincoln). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 5/3, Su-- 6pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Coach Showcase at the Shelterbelt Theatre (3225 California St, Omaha). Tonight features five coaches working with Louder Than a Bomb teams. For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 5/3, Su-- 7-9pm, TAPESTRIES at the Apollon (1801 Vinton St, Omaha). A showcase featuring 4 poets, spoken word artists, storytellers and rappers performing conscious edutaining original sets. (1st Sunday).

  • 5/3, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 5/4, 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)

  • 5/6, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/8, 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 Friday, 4th Saturday).

  • 5/9, Sa-- 7:30pm, the OM Center Poetry Slam and open mic (1216 Howard, Omaha). It's the longest-running slam in Omaha, often featuring some of the best performance poets in the nation. Open mic starts at 7:30 followed by the slam; sign up BEFORE 7:30 as signup is limited. Hosted by Zedeka Poindexter. $7 suggested donation. Call 402/345-5078 or go to OmahaSlam.com for more information. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 5/10, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 5/11, 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)

  • 5/13, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/17, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 5/18, 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)

  • 5/19, Tu-- 7pm, the Lincoln Poet Tree Slam at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). (3rd Tuesday)

  • 5/20, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/21, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Felicia Webster and Michelle Troxclair at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th St., Omaha). $5, all ages until 9pm, 21+ after. 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 Real. (3rd Thursday)

  • 5/23, Sa-- 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 Friday, 4th Saturday).

  • 5/23, Sa-- 7-9:30pm, Gratitude Café Writer's Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner St, 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).

  • 5/25, 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)

  • 5/27, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/31, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

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