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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



Nebraska Dept. of Education

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

Nebraska Wesleyan Reading Series

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


October

Event of the Month: Author Roxane Gay at UNL on 10/4

  • 10/20, 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)

  • 10/21, Su-- 6-7:30pm, Likeness: A Divine Celebration of Human Creativity at Dietz Memorial United Methodist Church (1423 S 10th St, Omaha). This is a time for poets, musicians, artists, and storytellers-anyone with something to share-to gather together and celebrate our collective creativity. This is not a contest. It is a celebration of being in God's own image, able to create something that has never existed before. If you're interested in sharing, you can find information on signing up at the Facebook Event.

  • 10/22, 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)

  • 10/24, 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)
  • 10/24, W-- 7-9pm, Stories of Identity at The Union for Contemporary Art (2423 N 24th St, Omaha). Join Omaha Public Library and Beacon Story Lab for an evening of community member stories inspired by Omaha Reads' 2018 selection The Hate U Give, an award-winning young adult novel by Angie Thomas. The show will open with a performance by artist and inspirational poet, Withlove, Felicia, followed by six community members sharing stories of identity. They'll examine what it's like to grow up poor in North O. See more at the Facebook Event page.
  • 10/24, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 10/24, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 10/24, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 10/25-27, Th-Sa-- the John R. Milton Writers' Conference at the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD). The 2018 conference theme, “This Lonely Frontier: Exploring Boundaries of Space, Identity, and Genre,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of Milton’s poetry collection This Lonely House (1968). We are excited to confirm Percival Everett, Ellen Forney, Karen Salyer McElmurray and Erika Wurth as keynote and featured authors. In addition, Ellen Forney will deliver a workshop on creating comics, and the conference will feature readings by USD’s Department of English faculty Duncan B. Barlow, Leah McCormack and Lee Ann Roripaugh. See more at www.usd.edu.

  • 10/25, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)
  • 10/25, Th-- 6-8pm, Speak, Poet: Poetry at The Bay (2005 Y St, Lincoln). See details at the Facebook Event.(last Thursday)
  • 10/25, Th-- 7-9pm, The Backwaters Press Reading Series at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Tonight features Todd Robinson, Mary Jo Thompson, and Michelle Troxclair. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 10/26-27, F-Sa-- 6-9pm F, 8:30am-3pm Sa, the MCC Creative Writing Forum at Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha Campus. Get the opportunity to see Morgan Parker, author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, one of Oprah Magazine's 10 Best Books of 2017. This event promotes original, inspired writing in our College and community, as well as showcase the work of accomplished authors from across Nebraska and beyond. The forum will include sessions from keynote presenter, Morgan Parker, and three additional headliners, Teresa Dzieglewicz, Jerome Kills Small and Stacey Waite. Registration required. See more at mccneb.edu/writingforum.

  • 10/26, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe by Caravan (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).

  • 10/27, 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)
  • 10/27, Sa-- 2:30-6:30pm, Celebration of Nebraska Books at the Nebraska History Museum (131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln). The winners of the 2018 Nebraska Book Awards will read from their winning books and sign copies of their books. The Celebration will also feature poetry readings in honor of the 2018 One Book One Nebraska book selection, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. See more at centerforthebook.nebraska.gov.
  • 10/27, 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).

  • 10/29, M-- 6pm, "The Life of a Tree," Painting With Poetry at the Lauritzen Gardens (100 Bancroft Street, Omaha). Richard Longwith has had a life-long love of art and poetry. In his workshops he will take participants on a journey to discover their own unique talents using acrylic paints to produce art based on the poetry he brings to the class. Leave all your stress behind and join Richard as he leads the class in a gentle, "Bob Ross-like" way. To register and find more information, go to lauritzengardens.org.
  • 10/29, 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)

  • 10/31, 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)
  • 10/31, W-- 7:30pm, The UNO Writers Workshop Reading Series presents nonfiction writer Sonja Livingston in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery (UNO campus, Omaha). See details at the series' Facebook Group page.
  • 10/31, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 10/31, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 10/31, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

November

Event of the Month: The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up 11/9-10

  • 11/1, Th-- 6-8pm, a November Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features writers Heidi Hermanson, Jan Chism Wright, and Adrian E Koesters along with songwriter Daniel Christian. See more at the reading's Facebook page.
  • 11/1, Th-- 7pm, Todd Robinson and Greg Kosmicki read at PostScript (1434 Silver St, Ashland).

  • 11/3, 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)

  • 11/4, Su-- 7:30pm, Tapestries at The Omaha Lounge (1505 Farnam St, Omaha). Poetry, music and fun. No cover, love donations only. See more at the Facebook Event page. (first Sunday)

  • 11/5, M-- 7-8pm, MCC Writing Center Reading Series: Lisa Fay Coutley in Building #23, room 213 (Writing Center) (Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha Campus, N 30th St at Fort St, Omaha). See more at the Facebook Event page.
  • 11/5, 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)

  • 11/7, 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)
  • 11/7, W-- 7:30pm, The UNO Writers Workshop Reading Series presents fiction writer Joshua Ferris in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery (UNO campus, Omaha). See details at the series' Facebook Group page.
  • 11/7, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 11/7, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)
  • 11/7, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)

  • 11/8, Th-- 6-8pm, Lettuce Turnip The Beet at the The B Side of Benson Theatre (6058 Maple St, Omaha). An open mic and poetry slam for high school and junior high poets to read and for everyone to come enjoy. Brought to you by the B Side and the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival. (normally on the 2nd Wednesday)

  • 11/9, F-- 7pm, The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up poet showcase at the OM Center (1216 Howard St, Omaha). The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up is a poetry slam where poets from around the country come in town. Tonight is a friendly showcase where you can catch them outside of Saturday's competition. All are welcome to attend! For more information, see the Facebook Event page.
  • 11/9, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe by Caravan (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).
  • 11/9, F-- 7pm, Poet Karaoke: Where We Read Other People’s Poems at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). Join us for a reading of other people’s poems. Bring a favorite poem that’s changed your life, informed your work or otherwise socked you in the gut. We’ll sign up for 3-5-minute time slots to share them. Limited beverages will be available. If you can, a small cash donation to Petshop is appreciated. See more at the Facebook Event.

  • 11/10, 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)
  • 11/10, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, 2nd Saturday Writing Workshop with Omaha Public Library and Louder Than a Bomb at the Washington Branch library (2868 Ames Ave, Omaha). This month's workshop is led by National Poetry Slam champion Ebony Isis Booth. (2nd Saturday, Oct-April)
  • 11/10, Sa-- 7pm, Omaha Poetry Slam and The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up poetry slam at OutrSpaces (1258 S. 13th Street, Omaha). This month's slam is taken over by The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up, a poetry slam where 12 poets from around the country compete for prizes. All are welcome to attend! For more information, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 11/12, 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)

  • 11/13, Tu-- 7pm, the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring Todd Robinson and Heidi Hermanson. This monthly series is run by Michael Skau and is a forum for creative writers who have published books.

  • 11/14, 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)
  • 11/14, W-- 7pm, Harvest of Words, Monsignor Graham Cultural Center (east of St Cecelia Cathedral). Heidi Hermanson will be reading from her first collection of poetry, "Waking to the Dream," which has been described as "grit-stung, fierce and dreamy" and "[a work] that balances the quirky and the divine". Heidi is a first-generation Nebraskan who earned her MFA in 2008.
  • 11/14, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 11/14, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 11/14, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 11/17, 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)

  • 11/19, 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)

  • 11/21, 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)
  • 11/21, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 11/21, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 11/21, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 11/22, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)

  • 11/23, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe by Caravan (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).

  • 11/24, 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)
  • 11/24, 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).

  • 11/25, Su-- 6:30-8pm, Andrea Gibson: Lord of the Butterflies Reading at Indigo Bridge Books & Cafe ( 701 P Street, Suite 102, Lincoln). Indigo is excited to host poet Andrea Gibson for a reading and signing as a part of their national tour for their new book, Lord of the Butterflies. $16. To register and get more information, see indigobridgebooks.com.

  • 11/26, 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)

  • 11/28, 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)
  • 11/28, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 11/28, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 11/28, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 11/29, Th-- 6-8pm, Speak, Poet: Poetry at The Bay (2005 Y St, Lincoln). Open mic. (last Thursday)

Coming Up:

  • 12/1, Sa-- 2:30-6:30pm, 2018 Celebration of Nebraska Books at the Nebraska History Museum (131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln). This event celebrates he 2018 Nebraska Book Awards honor authors and publishers of books with a Nebraska connection published in 2017. Featured winning authors will read from their work and sign copies of their books. The celebration, free and open to the public, will also feature presentation of the Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and the Jane Geske Award. See more at the Facebook Event.

  • 2/28/19, Th-- 1pm, Plains Writers Series at Wayne State College (Humanities Bldg Lounge, Wayne). Featuring poet Heidi Hermanson and other writers TBA.





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