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Listings For May, 2018

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

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


National Poetry Month (April)

  • 4/27, 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).
  • 4/27, F-- 9pm, The Love Down Below at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). A love variety show that delves into spoken word performances, games, raffles, food, dancing, live musical guests and other exploratory opportunities to merge the body, mind and soul creatively. It's where honest conversations about love and love expressions can take place in a safe space. $10 General Admission ($15 -$20 RSVP Limited Seating). See more at the Facebook page. (4th Friday)

  • 4/28, Sa-- 11am-1pm, the Backwaters Press' Unblocked Workshop at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth St, Omaha). The workshop today is Wooing The Muse: A Poetry Workshop presented by Lucy Adkins. Writing poetry involves accessing inspiration, stoking the fire, and doing whatever we can to let the words flow freely. In this workshop designed to encourage and re-energize the poet within, we’ll learn ways to discover the inner muse, create more avenues to inspiration, and using the generative process, we will write our own poems. In addition, we’ll uncover insights into the creative process, and discuss ways to make poetry and the writing of poetry a part of our lives. This is a free workshop but space is limited. Please reserve your ticket on eventbrite: Click here.
  • 4/28, 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)
  • 4/28, 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).

  • 4/29, Su-- 11am-2:30pm, the 3rd annual Words For Birds at the Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (11700 SW 100th Street, Denton). We’ll have two great writing workshops (one for kids and one for adults), followed by a bring-your-own picnic on the prairie. After lunch, participants are welcome to read some of their work alongside published local poets. This year’s adult workshop leaders and readers will be Marjorie Saiser and Amy Plettner, and Jason “the Birdnerd” will lead the kids' poetry fun. The public is invited to come hear the readings at 1pm. Space for the workshops is limited. Please register. See more at SpringCreekPrairie.audubon.org
  • 4/29, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)
  • 4/29, Su-- 7pm, RESCHEDULED DUE TO APRIL BLIZZARD: SLAM Team Finals tonight at The Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at OutrSpaces (1258 S. 13th Street, 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. $10 Suggested Donation supports the artists and OutrSpaces. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 4/30, 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)

May

  • 5/2, 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, Tu-- 4, 6, and 8pm, Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Individual Finals at the UNL Nebraska Union's Colonial Room (1st floor, 14th and R Streets, Lincoln). Preliminary bouts at 4 and 6pm, Finals at 8pm. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.
  • 5/3, Th-- 6-8pm, a May Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features writers Juanita Rice, Amanda Gailey, and Laura Madeline Wiseman along with songwriter Matthew Meyer. See more at the reading's Facebook page.

  • 5/5, 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)
  • 5/5, Sa-- 7:30pm, the (i)N o.NE Slam and Open Mic at The Hub (604 S 24th St, Omaha). The Urban Voize team invites you to come watch and/or compete in a 3-round poetry slam. $3 entry. No alcohol or drinks provided so please bring your own beverage of choice. See more at the Facebook Group. (1st Saturday)

  • 5/6, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)
  • 5/6, 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)

  • 5/7, 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, 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)
  • 5/9, 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, 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).

  • 5/12, 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)
  • 5/12, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at OutrSpaces (1258 S. 13th Street, 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. $10 Suggested Donation supports the artists and OutrSpaces. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 5/13, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)

  • 5/14, 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)

  • 5/16, 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)
  • 5/16, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 5/17, Th-- 7-10:30pm, the WORD- a jazz infused spoken word open mic at The Opollo Music Hall (6052 Maple Street, Omaha). A monthly spoken word night created, hosted and founded by Withlove,Felicia of the former VeRBal GuMBO & The Love Down Below. Doors open at 7, show kicks off 8. $10 at the door, food to purchase and Vendors, $5 CiricTails. Poetry open mic list open until 9:30. (3rd Thursday)

  • 5/19, 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)
  • 5/19, Sa-- 7-10pm, A Poetry Reading, Hosted by A Dozen Nothing at Petshop (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). Join us to celebrate three years of A Dozen Nothing with the poets Jeff Sirkin, Simon Kim, Amanda Huckins, Paul Hanson Clark, Todd Robinson, and Pete Miller. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 5/20, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)

  • 5/21, 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, 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)
  • 5/23, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 5/25, 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).
  • 5/25, F-- 9pm, The Love Down Below at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). A love variety show that delves into spoken word performances, games, raffles, food, dancing, live musical guests and other exploratory opportunities to merge the body, mind and soul creatively. It's where honest conversations about love and love expressions can take place in a safe space. $10 General Admission ($15 -$20 RSVP Limited Seating). See more at the Facebook page. (4th Friday)

  • 5/26, 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)
  • 5/26, 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).

  • 5/27, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)

  • 5/28, 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)

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

Coming Up:

  • 6/8, F-- 6pm, 2018 One Book One Nebraska selection Nebraska Presence Book Signing at Chapters Books & Gifts (548 Seward St, Seward), coincideing with BRAN and festival at the town square. Details to come.

  • 6/24, Su-- 2pm, a reading from 2018 One Book One Nebraska selection Nebraska Presence at the School House Art Gallery (427 Main St, Brownville), hosted by the Brownville Fine Arts Association. See more on this One Book One Nebraska selection at onebook.nebraska.gov.

  • 8/25, Sa-- Nebraska Book Fest in Lincoln, more info TBA.





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