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  • The Nebraska Poetry Society presents writing workshops on different topics, led by some wonderful poets. $35 or free to members. For more information and to register, go to:
    10/1, Sa-- 10am, Torrin A. Greathouse: Writing the Unreliable Speaker

  • 10/1, Sa-- Noon-5:30pm, Porchfest OMA features poetry at 3511 Webster St, Omaha. Zedeka Poindexter will host an open mic with performances from Nate Foo, Hailey Stolze, Paula Bell, Sam Lee, Ben Wenzl, Jewel Rodgers, Ryan Boyland, Corey Chiles, Havalynn Russell, Noni Williams, Greg Harries, Fernando A. Montejano and Pat McEvoy. Plus, special guests throughout the day. See more on Porchfest OMA at the Facebook Event page.

  • 10/2, Su-- 8pm, Andrea Gibson's You Better Be Lightning Tour at The Waiting Room (6212 Maple St, Omaha). See details and ticket information at:

  • The Nebraska Poetry Society presents the Nebraska Poets Reading Series at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month in 2022. See details at: Events are online, free and open to the public:
    10/4, Stacey Waite
    12/6, Lorraine Duggin

  • 10/5, W-- 5pm, Grace Bauer reads from Unholy Heart: New and Selected Poems in the UNL Bailey Library (Andrews Hall, Lincoln). Unholy Heart includes generous selections from each of Grace‚Äôs previous books of poetry, plus a sampling of new poems. See more at

  • 10/6, Th-- 5:30pm, Dipika Mukherjee reads from her new poetry collection DIALECT OF DISTANT HARBORS in Andrews Hall's Bailey Library (UNL campus, Lincoln). See details at

  • 10/20, Th-- 6-7:30pm, Third Thursdays-Voices at Larksong (1600 N Cotner Blvd, Lincoln) featuring writers and musicians. Tonight has Matt Mason and Stacey Waite. See details and register at: (Third Thursday)
    11/17: Jonis Agee
    12/15: Liz Kay, Sarah McKinstry-Brown and musician Pam Barger

  • 10/20, Tu-- 8-11pm, The Red Velvet Curtain open mic at the Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St, Omaha). The Red Velvet Curtain is the extension of the long-running commitment to the Spoken Word Poetry scene that has been richly courted and supported in Omaha. Hosted by Zedeka Poindexter and Phillip Bauldwin. Help welcome all our Poets, Rappers, Storytellers, Comedians, Lyricists, Vocalists, Musicians and yes, Spoken Word Artists to the historic Benson Theatre. See more at
    -Next Events: 11/17, 12/15, etc.

  • 10/22, 2-3:30pm, The Nebraska Writers Collective presents award-winning author Gary Soto who leads a creative writing workshop at UNO's Milo Bail Student Center Room 228/226 (6203 University Drive North, Omaha). Cost is $15, see details and get your tickets at

  • 10/22, 7-8:30pm, The Nebraska Writers Collective presents a reading by award-winning author Gary Soto at UNO's Milo Bail Student Center Room 201 (6203 University Drive North, Omaha). Cost is $15, see details and get your tickets at Poets Ben Wenzl, Jewel Rodgers, and Rachel Luck will open for Soto. He will give a reading before joining NWC Co-Executive Director, Gina Tranisi, in conversation about his creative practice, his community, and his place in the creative canon.

  • 11/13, Su-- 5-9pm, the John G. Neihardt Foundation Laureate's Feast at A View On State (13467 State St, Omaha). Honoring Paul Hedren as Word Sender, with a special appearance by Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate Tanya Bachu. Hedren worked with the National Park Service and became a leading authority on the Indian Wars. Reception and silent auction, registration required: Table of 8 for $1000, individual tickets $100. See more information at

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