The Poetry Menu

The Poetry Menu makes event information available to daily and weekly newspapers as well as to a mailing list of over 200 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, 2014

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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: Omaha

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")

  • 4/21, M-- 6:30pm, A Collaborative Event Reading featuring Fran Higgins and Laura Madeline Wiseman at Apollon Omaha (1801 Vinton St, Omaha). Poetry by Higgins about the body from the artwork by Rachel Mindrup, Sally Deskins and Higgins by Higgins alongside poetry from Intimates & Fools (Les Femmes Folles Books, 2014), about undergarments, by Laura Madeline Wiseman, with art by Deskins. A Les Femmes Folles event, will be accepting new bras and gently used women's clothing to benefit Heartland Family Service. femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/events.

  • 4/21, 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)

  • 4/22, Tu-- Noon-1pm, Connect Gallery (39th and Leavenworth St, Omaha) presents poets Laura Madeline Wiseman, Sally Deskins and Cat Dixon. The Connect Gallery is pleased to hold a poetry reading to celebrate National Poetry Month. Some of Deskins' work will be on display for this event. Coffee and finger foods will be available for this lunch time reading.

  • 4/23, W-- 7-9pm, Maverick Productions Poetry Night with Zedeka Poindexter and Dan Leamen at the Peter Kiewit Institute (UNO Pacific street campus). After Dan and Zedeka, there will be an open mic portion for students to share poetry and acoustic music.

  • 4/23, 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)

  • 4/24, 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)

  • 4/24, Th-- 7-8pm, Celebrate National Poetry Month with UNO poetry students who are getting ready to graduate and will read at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). This evening is to remember UNO 2010 Writer's Workshop graduate Mark Swanson who passed away in January 2014. Desserts and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public.

  • 4/24, Th-- 7-8pm, National Poetry Month: SP CE reading at Indigo Bridge books (701 P St #102, Lincoln). Group poetry reading with SP CE. See more info at www.indigobridgebooks.com.

  • 4/25-6-- the Nebraska Book Festival at the Thompson Alumni House, UNO campus. Keynote by poet Don Welch as well as readings and workshops by great nebraska writers. See the schedule at bookfestival.nebraska.gov/2014.

  • 4/26, Sa-- 1-9pm, the Individual Finals of the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains at the UNL Union Auditorium (UNL campus, Lincoln). LTAB is mainly a team competition, today has individuals competing in several bouts through the day leading to the 7pm Finals. See more information at LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/26, 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).

  • 4/27, Su-- noon-2pm, slam poetry writing workshop at Tomorrow at Chapter Two Books (409 W Mission Ave, Bellevue). Run by Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains coach Fernando Montejano, Join a group of teens and adults interested in writing and performing slam poetry. Your guides will give you writing prompts to help you write and develop your own poetry. Teens and adults are welcome - bring a notebook, a pen, and a love for creative expression! (every Sunday)

  • 4/27, 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)

  • 4/28, M-- 7-8pm, WriteLife Presents: Writers' Open Mic at The PS Collective (6056 Maple St., Omaha). There will be 10 minute slots available for writers to sign up to read their work. This can be poetry, an excerpt from your published book, a piece that you're working on...anything goes, as long as you wrote it! Not a writer, but want to catch a glimpse of local creativity and talent? Stop by and be entertained! (last Monday)

  • 4/28, 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)

  • 4/30, W-- 7pm, the New Backwaters Press Reading Series at the Shelterbelt Theatre (3225 California, Omaha). Celebrate the end of National Poetry Month with a new series. Tonight Features Backwaters Press Poets: Twyla Hansen, Barbara Schmitz, Greg Kuzma, and Michael Catherwood. See more information at the facebook event page.

  • 4/30, 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)

May

  • 5/4, Su-- noon-2pm, slam poetry writing workshop at Tomorrow at Chapter Two Books (409 W Mission Ave, Bellevue). Run by Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains coach Fernando Montejano, Join a group of teens and adults interested in writing and performing slam poetry. Your guides will give you writing prompts to help you write and develop your own poetry. Teens and adults are welcome - bring a notebook, a pen, and a love for creative expression! (every Sunday)

  • 5/4, 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).

  • 5/4, 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)

  • 5/5, 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)

  • 5/6, 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)

  • 5/7, 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)

  • 5/7, 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)

  • 5/9, 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).

  • 5/10, 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 Matt Mason and Zedeka Poindexter. $7 suggested donation. Call 402/345-5078 or go to OmahaSlam.com for more information. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 5/11, Su-- noon-2pm, slam poetry writing workshop at Tomorrow at Chapter Two Books (409 W Mission Ave, Bellevue). Run by Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains coach Fernando Montejano, Join a group of teens and adults interested in writing and performing slam poetry. Your guides will give you writing prompts to help you write and develop your own poetry. Teens and adults are welcome - bring a notebook, a pen, and a love for creative expression! (every Sunday)

  • 5/11, 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)

  • 5/12, 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)

  • 5/14, 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)

  • 5/15, 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)

  • 5/17, Sa-- 3-5pm, Book release party for The Untidy Season: An Anthology of Nebraska Women at Soul Desires (1026 Jackson St, Omaha). Contributors will read and sign books. Books will be available for purchase.

  • 5/18, Su-- noon-2pm, slam poetry writing workshop at Tomorrow at Chapter Two Books (409 W Mission Ave, Bellevue). Run by Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains coach Fernando Montejano, Join a group of teens and adults interested in writing and performing slam poetry. Your guides will give you writing prompts to help you write and develop your own poetry. Teens and adults are welcome - bring a notebook, a pen, and a love for creative expression! (every Sunday)

  • 5/18, 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)

  • 5/19, 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)

  • 5/21, 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, 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)

  • 5/24, 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).

  • 5/25, Su-- noon-2pm, slam poetry writing workshop at Tomorrow at Chapter Two Books (409 W Mission Ave, Bellevue). Run by Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains coach Fernando Montejano, Join a group of teens and adults interested in writing and performing slam poetry. Your guides will give you writing prompts to help you write and develop your own poetry. Teens and adults are welcome - bring a notebook, a pen, and a love for creative expression! (every Sunday)

  • 5/25, 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)

  • 5/26, M-- 7-8pm, WriteLife Presents: Writers' Open Mic at The PS Collective (6056 Maple St., Omaha). There will be 10 minute slots available for writers to sign up to read their work. This can be poetry, an excerpt from your published book, a piece that you're working on...anything goes, as long as you wrote it! Not a writer, but want to catch a glimpse of local creativity and talent? Stop by and be entertained! (last Monday)

  • 5/26, 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)

  • 5/28, 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)

  • 5/29, 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)

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