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Listings For November, 2014

Listings After November

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


October

Highlight Day of the Month: Oct 18 has the NWC's Random Acts of Poetry as well as a workshop as part of the exciting new FeedBack series at KANEKO!

  • 10/16, Th-- 6pm, Charles Fort Reading & Book Signing at The Bookworm bookstore (new location, 90th and Center street, Omaha). Reading is put on by The Backwaters Press. Fort’s most recent books include: We Did Not Fear the Father, New and Selected Poems, Red Hen Press, 2012; and Mrs. Belladonna’s Supper Club Waltz, New and Selected Prose Poems, Backwaters Press, 2013. Born in working class New Britain, Connecticut, he is the founder of the Wendy Fort Foundation Theater of Fine Arts.

  • 10/16, 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)

  • 10/16, Th-- 7pm, Feedback at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). Feedback is a new KANEKO program that aims to elevate the conversation about the writing process, and tonight features Jen Lambert and Stacey Waite. The goal of feedback is to invigorate the audience by inviting them into the writer’s creative development, while also providing the audience the opportunity to generate their own work. With community and communing in mind, this one-of-a-kind reading series aims to demystify the creative process and empower would-be writers, emerging writers or those who simply appreciate the written word, by flipping the script on the typical paradigm of a reading. Follow-up writer’s workshop is on Saturday, Oct. 18, 12-2 p.m.,and open to the public. Registration and more information at thekaneko.org.

  • 10/17, F-- 7-8pm, poetry publishing workshop by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz at the offices of the Union for Contemporary Art (2417 Burdette St, Omaha). Cristin's workshop is called Getting Ink: Are you interested in getting your poetry published in magazines, journals, and anthologies? This workshop is designed to help you get your work out into the world in print. Topics discussed will include research, resources, strategies and techniques, cover letters, and how to select poems for submission. Poets working in all styles are welcome, including humorous work, traditional forms, performance-focused writing, and more. This event is put on by the Nebraska Writers Collective and is free and open to all.

  • 10/18, Sa-- Noon-2pm, SOLD OUT! Feedback writers workshop at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha) with Jen Lambert and Stacey Waite. The goal of feedback is to invigorate the audience by inviting them into the writer’s creative development, while also providing the audience the opportunity to generate their own work. Registration and more information at thekaneko.org.

  • 10/18, Sa-- 2-5pm, Random Acts of Poetry, a fundraiser for the Nebraska Writers Collective. Check in before 2pm at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha) Then see readers from Louder Than a Bomb at Aroma's, 7 Doctros Project at the Blue Barn, Writers On Loan at the Bemis, and workshops at KANEKO every half hour between 2 and 4. At 4:15, we have a special feature by Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz at KANEKO. More details are at: NeWriters.org.

  • 10/19, Su-- 1-4:30pm, Intergenerational Poetry To Bridge Generations winners celebration and poetry slam at UNO's Milo Bail Student Canter (6001 Dodge St, Omaha). See full details at OmahaPoetsPlace.net. To enter you must be age 50+ or in grades 7-12, submit 2 original poems, one about how the world views/treats older people and one about how the world views/treats teenagers. $490 in prizes! $100 for 1st place, $50 for 2nd, $25 for 3rd, and $10 for 4th-10th.

  • 10/19, Su-- 2:30pm, Los Dias De Los Muertos: Word Mementos, organized by Bruce Koborg, at Metropolitan Community College (Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 21 "The Mule Barn" (located Southwest corner of campus) use 32nd & Sorensen Parkway entrance). Please join us to remember those that have gone over to the 'other side'. Mementos are the little things that remind you of someone. Their favorite foods, the' #1 Dad' ball cap he used to wear, the hair clip she used to wear, the cards they played. Anything that brings their memory back. We'll have poetry, stories and song. Think of it as the wake that you always wanted. See the event page at Facebook.com.

  • 10/19, 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)

  • 10/20, 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)

  • 10/21, Tu-- 7pm, Greg Kosmicki and Cat Dixon read at Mister Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) as part of the new reading series Imaginary Gardens at Mister Toad. Kosmicki, founder of the Backwaters Press, and Dixon, Backwaters Press Board Secretary both have books recently released from Stephen F. Austin University Press. See the Facebook event.

  • 10/21, Tu-- 7:01pm, Free writing generating workshop facilitated by Heidi Hermanson at the Teacher Administrative Center (TAC), room 5-141 (3215 Cuming St, Omaha). We will be working out of “Writing In Community: Say Goodbye To Writer’s Block and Transform Your Life.” Purchase of book is optional: www.amazon.com. RSVP with "Workshop" in the subject line to prairie.sky@gmail.com appreciated but not necessary. Free your mind: Write! Heidi Hermanson received her MFA from the University of Nebraska and has been published in Hiram Poetry Review and Midwest Quarterly. She co-edited The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets (Backwater Press).

  • 10/22, 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)

  • 10/25, Sa-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at A to Z Books (507 North Jeffers, North Platte) -- ultra large bookstore. 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).

  • 10/26, Su-- 2:30pm, Dead poets' Poetry Slam, organized by Matt Mason, at Metropolitan Community College (Fort Omaha Campus, Bldg. 21 "The Mule Barn" (located Southwest corner of campus) use 32nd & Sorensen Parkway entrance). Bring one poem by a deceased poet and one poem of your own and compete for great prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Signup limited to 8, signup starts at 2pm. See more about the month-long Dias De Los Muertos events at: www.losdiasdelosmuertosomaha.org.

  • 10/26, 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)

  • 10/27, 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)

  • 10/29, W-- 7pm, The Backwaters Press presents an evening with Rebecca Rotert and Aaron Anstett at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th St, Omaha). Rotert received her MA from Hollins College in Virginia where she was the recipient of the Academy of American Poets prize. Last Night at the Blue Angel is her first novel. Anstett’s previous collections are Sustenance, No Accident, and Each Place the Body’s. Among other honors, his work has received the Nebraska Book Award, the Backwaters Press Prize, and the Balcones Poetry Prize. The reading is free and open to the public. We will celebrate the new titles from the authors. Desserts will be provided.

  • 10/29, 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)

  • 10/30, Th-- 7pm, Poetry Slam in Vermillion, SD at Raziel's (13 West Main St, Vermillion SD). $5 at the door. Sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project. For more information, see sites.usd.edu/projlit/poetry-slams (last Thursday of the month)

November

  • 11/2, Su-- 7-9pm, TAPESTRIES at The Sydney (5918 Maple St, Omaha). A showcase featuring 4 poets, spoken word artists, storytellers and rappers performing conscious edutaining original sets. (1st Sunday).

  • 11/2, 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)

  • 11/3, 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)

  • 11/4, Tu-- 7pm, Tuesdays with Writers at The South Mill (4736 Prescott, just west of 48th and Prescott, Lincoln). Featured readers TBA. There is an open mic following the feature. For more information, contact Deborah McGinn at dmcginn@lps.org (1st Tuesday of the month)

  • 11/5 W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO features fiction writer and essayist Charles D'Ambrosio in the Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, UNO campus). Free and open to the public, sponsored by the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media.

  • 11/5, W-- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. Go here for the FaceBook link: Facebook.com. (1st and 3rd Wednesday)

  • 11/5, 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)

  • 11/8, 1:30-3:30pm, poetry writing Workshop with Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective at the Charles B. Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave, Omaha). Today's workshop is led by nationally-known touring poet Idris Goodwin. Bring your creativity and your interest in slam poetry! Join Nebraska Writers Collective's Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn from the experts.

  • 11/8, 3:30-6:30pm, A Celebration of Nebraska Books at the Nebraska Library Commussion (1200 N St, Lincoln). Join us to celebrate the Nebraska Book Award Winners, the 2015 One Book One Nebraska Announcement, presentation of the 2014 Jane Geske Award, reception, book signing, and more! See more information at centerforthebook.nebraska.gov.

  • 11/8, 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)

  • 11/9, 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)

  • 11/10, 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)

  • 11/12, 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)

  • 11/14, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at A to Z Books (507 North Jeffers, North Platte) -- ultra large bookstore. 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).

  • 11/16, 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)

  • 11/17, 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)

  • 11/19, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO features poet Cat Dixon and novelist Margaret Lukas in the Dodge Room (Milo Bail Student Center, UNO campus). Free and open to the public, sponsored by the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media.

  • 11/19, 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)

  • 11/19, W-- 8pm, Travis Davis invites you to "Poet Show It" at 1122 D St. (Lincoln). Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink. Coffee, Booze, Poetry, Fiction. Discovery. Discovery. Discovery. Go here for the FaceBook link: Facebook.com. (1st and 3rd Wednesday)

  • 11/20, 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)

  • 11/21, F-- 6:30pm, Red Hen Press reading at The Sidedoor Lounge (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha) with Kate Gale, Karen Shoemaker, Liz Kay, and Steve Langan.

  • 11/22, Sa-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at A to Z Books (507 North Jeffers, North Platte) -- ultra large bookstore. 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).

  • 11/23, 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)

  • 11/24, 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)

  • 11/27, 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)

  • 11/27, Th-- 7pm, Poetry Slam in Vermillion, SD at Raziel's (13 West Main St, Vermillion SD). $5 at the door. Sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project. For more information, see sites.usd.edu/projlit/poetry-slams (last Thursday of the month)

  • 11/30, 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)

Coming Up:

  • 4/20, M-- 7pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains finals at the Holland Performing Arts Center (1200 Douglas St, Omaha). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.



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