The Poetry Menu

The Poetry Menu makes event information available to daily and weekly newspapers as well as to a mailing list for 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 September, 2015

Listings After September

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 (downtown) omaha lit fest

Feeback at KANEKO

John H. Ames Reading Series

Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains

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


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


August

September

  • 9/1, 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)

  • 9/2, 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)

  • 9/4, Th-- 7pm, First Friday with poetry, music and art at the Norfolk Arts Center (305 N 5th St, Norfolk). Cat Dixon and Michael Skau will read, see full information at the Facebook Event page.

  • 9/5, 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)

  • 9/7, 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)

  • 9/8, T -- 7pm, High School Poetry Slam at Indigo Bridge Books (701 P St. Suite 102, Lincoln) in celebration of International Literacy Day. Hosted by Sarah Benal. For more info check out the Facebook event.

  • 9/9, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO presents poet Erin Belieu in the UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, Omaha). This event is free and open to the public, for more information contact 402/554-2406.

  • 9/9, 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)

  • 9/11, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe (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).

  • 9/12, 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)

  • 9/12, Sa-- 7:30pm, DIFFERENT LOCATION THIS MONTH TBA! the OM Center Poetry Slam and open mic. 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)

  • 9/13, Su-- 7-9pm, The <insert title> Poetry Slam at The Apollon (1801 Vinton St, Omaha). The <insert title> Slam promises to deliver the best in poetry, performance, and purpose as local poets battle it out with words you've never heard spoken like this before. Co-hosted by the fantastic Ben McFarland...and some guy named Brok Kerbrat. 18+ and over, must show ID to purchase adult beverages. See the Facebook Event Page for details. (2nd Sunday)

  • 9/14, M-- 7pm, Mighty Mike McGee at the Bieroc Cafe (312 Norris Ave, McCook). Internationally-known touring poet McGee comes through with Omaha poet Matt Mason. This event is sponsored by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 9/14, 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)

  • 9/15, Tu-- 7pm, the Lincoln Poet Tree Slam at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). (3rd Tuesday)

  • 9/15, Tu-- 7pm, internationally-known San Jose poet Mike McGee performs at the Gothenberg Public Library (1104 Lake Ave, Gothenburg). McGee is one of the best-known performing poets in the world and brings his work to Gothenberg via the nonprofit Nebraska Writers Collective. Opening for McGee is Omaha poet Matt Mason.

  • 9/16, 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)

  • 9/17, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Felicia Webster and Michelle Troxclair at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th St., Omaha). Tonight features international touring poet Mike McGee! $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)

  • 9/17, Th-- 7pm, Introducing: Reading One at the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (UNO campus, 6001 Dodge St, Omaha). Readers include novelist Karen Shoemaker, poet Miles Waggener, and an emerging writer. Sponsored by the University of Nebraska at Omaha's low-residency Master's of Fine Arts in Writing Program. Each reading's line-up will include a student-writer from a community writing program established by a UNO MFA student working with Youth Emergency Services, a local non-profit that serves homeless and at-risk youth. See the Facebook Event.

  • 9/19, 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)

  • 9/21, 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)

  • 9/23, W-- 12-1pm, the Interwoven Student Reading Series at The Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (UNO campus, 6001 Dodge St, Omaha). Sponsored and hosted by the UNO Bookstore, this event is dedicated to showcasing undergrad and grad students in the Writer's Workshop, on the Fiction and Poetry track, as well as Creative Nonfiction students. For our first reading, we will be hosting Britny Cordera Doane. See more at The Facebook Event page.

  • 9/23, 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)

  • 9/25, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe (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).

  • 9/26, 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)

  • 9/26, Sa-- 7-9:30pm, Gratitude Café Writer's Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner St, 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).

  • 9/26, Sa-- 7pm, The Poetry of Social Conscience: 100,000 Poets for Change Reading at Petshop (2725 N 62nd St. Omaha). We believe poetry is an instrument of change, an act of new creation. It has the ability to transform any and all who read or listen to it, to empower them to effect meaningful change in the world. Please join us for this free reading featuring seven Omaha poets. See all the details at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 9/28, 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)

  • 9/30, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO presents novelist and filmmaker Laleh Khadivi in the UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, Omaha). This event is free and open to the public, for more information contact 402/554-2406.

  • 9/30, 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)

Coming Up:

  • 10/10, Sa-- 1:30-3:30, LTAB writing workshop at the Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave, Omaha). This monthly workshop is aimed at teens though all are welcome. Today is led by former-Nebraskan, now-California writer JM Huscher. Sponsored by Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective. (2nd Saturday during the school year, at different OPL branches)

  • 10/14, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO presents poet Susan Aizenberg in the UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, Omaha). This event is free and open to the public, for more information contact 402/554-2406.

  • 10/16, F-- 8pm, MARGINALIZED: The People Conservative Talk Radio Hates, Speak at Down Under Bar (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). $8 for a performance in 2 acts with performances by: Allen Stevenson, Alaina Foster, Miranda Leigh, Olivia Johnson, Cei Loofe, Natalie Weiss, Justin Gilbreath, Marlowe Mapes, Adam Peterson, Joe Riss, Gina Morong, Sharon Robino-West, Tina M Pierce, Jocelyn Muhammad, aly peeler, Trac Schacht and Ian Nauslar back from Denver. Tickets available through Trac at tracischacht at hotmail.com.

  • 11/5, Th-- 7pm, Random Acts of Poetry, a fundraiser for the Nebraska Writers Collective at Joslyn Castle (3902 Davenport St, Omaha). The event features NWC programs like Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains and 7 Doctors Project with Anis Mojgani closing off the evening. More details soon.

  • 11/6, F-- 8pm, MARGINALIZED: The People Conservative Talk Radio Hates, Speak at Down Under Bar (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). $8 for a performance in 2 acts with performances by: Allen Stevenson, Alaina Foster, Miranda Leigh, Olivia Johnson, Cei Loofe, Natalie Weiss, Justin Gilbreath, Marlowe Mapes, Adam Peterson, Joe Riss, Gina Morong, Sharon Robino-West, Tina M Pierce, Jocelyn Muhammad, aly peeler, Trac Schacht and Ian Nauslar back from Denver. Tickets available through Trac at tracischacht at hotmail.com.

  • 11/11, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO presents memoirist and journalist Brando Skyhorse in the UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, Omaha). This event is free and open to the public, for more information contact 402/554-2406.

  • 11/14, Sa-- 1:30-3:30, LTAB writing workshop at the Benson Branch Library (6015 Binney St, Omaha). This monthly workshop is aimed at teens though all are welcome. Today is led by Oklahoma poet Lauren Zuniga. Sponsored by Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective. (2nd Saturday during the school year, at different OPL branches)

  • 12/2, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO presents fiction writer Lisa Sandlin in the UNO Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, Omaha). This event is free and open to the public, for more information contact 402/554-2406.

  • 12/12, Sa-- 1:30-4:30, the Cash For Your Words Poetry Bash at the W Dale Clark (Main) Branch Library (215 S 15th St, Omaha). This yearly poetry slam competition is for students grades 7-12 who read their poems and can win prizes. More details on signup and format soon. Sponsored by Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective. (2nd Saturday during the school year, at different OPL branches)

  • 1/9/16, Sa-- 1:30-3:30, LTAB writing workshop at the South Branch Library (2808 Q St, Omaha). This monthly workshop is aimed at teens though all are welcome. Today is led by multiple National Poetry Slam champion poet Dominique Christina. Sponsored by Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective. (2nd Saturday during the school year, at different OPL branches)

  • 2/13/16, Sa-- 1:30-3:30, LTAB writing workshop at the Millard Branch Library (13214 Westwood Ln, Omaha). This monthly workshop is aimed at teens though all are welcome. Today is led by Minnesota poet Hieu Minh Nguyen. Sponsored by Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective. (2nd Saturday during the school year, at different OPL branches)

  • 3/12/16, Sa-- 1:30-3:30, LTAB writing workshop at the Abraham Branch Library (5111 N 90th St, Omaha). This monthly workshop is aimed at teens though all are welcome. Today is led by Ohio poet William Evans. Sponsored by Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective. (2nd Saturday during the school year, at different OPL branches)

  • 4/25/16, M-- 7pm, the Finals for the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at the Holland Performing Arts Center (13th and Douglas Sts, Omaha). More info TBA. Sponsored by the Nebraska Writers Collective.



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