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Listings For October, 2016

Listings After October

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 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


September

  • 9/24, 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)

  • 9/24, Sa-- 2pm, Free performance of Hamlet at the Omaha Community Playhouse (6915 Cass St, Omaha). In honor of the 400th Anniversary of the Bard's death, Nebraska Shakespeare's touring company is coming to the Omaha Community Playhouse stage for a free performance of Hamlet followed by a free Shakespearean language workshop for adults (4-5pm, register for the workshop Here.

  • 9/24, Sa-- 7pm, SO WHAT SLAM, poetry slam at the Joyo Theatre (6102 Havelock Ave, Lincoln). Featured performer will be Ryler Dustin currently of Lincoln. $5. See our website www.sowhatslam.com for further information or our Facebook Page. (4th Saturday)

  • 9/24, 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).

  • 9/25, Su-- 1pm, Marjorie Saiser and Cat Dixon each have a new book, and will be reading at The Bookworm bookstore (2501 S 90th, #111). See more info at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 9/25, Su-- 2pm, book launch for Don Welch's final book at the Kearney Public Library (2020 1st Ave, Kearney). A book launch will be held in honor of Kearney poet Don Welch's collected poems, Homing, just published by Rogue Faculty Press of Ralston. Catering by Barista's and book sales will be available. Various presenters will read from the new book, discussing and celebrating Welch's writing and poetic legacy. Admission is free.

  • 9/26, 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)

  • 9/28, W-- 7pm, UNL Poetry Slam in the UNL Student Union (the Crib (the space past the Runza), Lincoln). Sign-up starts at 6:30. Sponsored by Slam Poetry UNL (RSO). Slam poetry by UNL students, free. This will be a three-round slam. Competitors, get there early to sign up and have at least three competition-ready pieces to perform (they don't have to be memorized)! See more details on the Facebook Event Page.

  • 9/28, 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)

  • 9/29, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Felicia Webster and Michelle Troxclair at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th St., Omaha). $7, 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. (normally, 3rd Thursday)

October

  • 10/1, 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)

  • 10/3, 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)

  • 10/4, 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)

  • 10/5, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO features memoirist and novelist Reyna Grande 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.

  • 10/5, 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)

  • 10/8, 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)

  • 10/8, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, Teen Poetry Workshop at the South Omaha Library (2808 Q St, Omaha). Sponsored by the Omaha Public Library, join Nebraska Writers Collective's Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn from the experts. These workshops will build to a friendly competition sponsored by Omaha Public Library, the Teen Poetry Bash, with original pieces performed in front of a live audience. Free, aimed at teens but open to all.

  • 10/8, Sa-- 7pm, the Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at the Carver Bank (2416 Lake St, 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. Hosted by Zedeka Poindexter. $5, $3 for students. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 10/10, 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)

  • 10/12, 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)

  • 10/14, 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).

  • 10/15, 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)

  • 10/17, 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)

  • 10/18, Tu-- 7pm, Imaginary Gardens Reading at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring poets Laura Madeline Wiseman and Dennis Etzel Jr. This monthly series by Michael Skau features talented local poets. See more information at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 10/19, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO features poet, editor, and novelist Liz Kay 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.

  • 10/19, 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)

  • 10/20, Th-- 7-9pm, feedback reading at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). feedback is an ongoing series that aims to elevate the conversation about the writing process and features writers Cynthia French and Scott Woods. Free and open to the public. To register and to get more information, go to: TheKaneko.org.

  • 10/20, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Felicia Webster and Michelle Troxclair at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th St., Omaha). $7, 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)

  • 10/22, Sa-- 11:30am-1:30pm, feedback writing workshop at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). feedback is an ongoing series that aims to elevate the conversation about the writing process and features writers Cynthia French and Scott Woods. $20 General Admission, $15 for KANEKO Members. To register and to get more information, go to: TheKaneko.org.

  • 10/22, 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)

  • 10/22, Sa-- 7pm, SO WHAT SLAM, poetry slam at the Joyo Theatre (6102 Havelock Ave, Lincoln). $5. See our website www.sowhatslam.com for further information or our Facebook Page. (4th Saturday)

  • 10/22, Sa-- 7-9pm, 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. Tonight features poet Barbara Salvatore. (4th Saturday).

  • 10/24, 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)

  • 10/26, W-- 7-8:30pm, The Backwaters Press Presents Kim Garcia, Adrian Koesters and Lisa Sandlin at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth St, Omaha). See full details at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 10/26, 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)

  • 10/28, F-- 7pm, poets Graham Foust and Geoffrey Nutter present selections from their work at the Down Under Lounge with the Sidedoor Stage (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Doors open at 6, bands begin at 8. This reading is free of charge and open to the public. Sponsored by the Nebraska Writers Collective, The University of Nebraska Omaha MFA in Writing program and Humanities Nebraska. See full information at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 10/28, 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).

  • 10/29, Sa-- 2:30-6:30pm, the Celebration of Nebraska Books at the Nebraska History Museum (131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln). The celebration, free and open to the public, will feature presentations of the Nebraska Center for the Book's Nebraska Book Awards, Mildred Bennett Award and Jane Geske Award. The 2016 One Book One Nebraska book selection, The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Shoemaker will be featured, with a presentation by Shoemaker. See details at: centerforthebook.nebraska.gov.

  • 10/31, 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)

Coming Up:

  • 11/2, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO features poet Teri Youmans Grimm in the Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, UNO campus). Grimm is the author of Becoming Lyla Dore and Dirt Eaters. Free and open to the public, sponsored by the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media.

  • 11/4-5, F-Sa-- The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up at UNL (Nebraska Union, Lincoln). A poetry slam with competitors from around the country. Prelim events at 7pm Friday and 1pm Saturday, with Finals at 7pm Saturday. See full details at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 11/12, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, Teen Poetry Workshop at the Benson branch Omaha Library (6015 Binney St, Omaha). Sponsored by the Omaha Public Library, join Nebraska Writers Collective's Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn from the experts. These workshops will build to a friendly competition sponsored by Omaha Public Library, the Teen Poetry Bash, with original pieces performed in front of a live audience. Free, aimed at teens but open to all.

  • 11/16, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO features poet Gregory Pardlo in the Dodge Room (Milo Bail Student Center, UNO campus). Pardlo is the author of Totem and Digest, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. Free and open to the public, sponsored by the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media.

  • 11/30, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO features poet Miles Waggener in the Art Gallery (Weber Fine Arts Building, UNO campus). Waggener is the author of Desert Center, Sky Harbor, Afterlives, Phoenix Suites, and Portents Aside. Free and open to the public, sponsored by the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media.

  • 12/3, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, The 16th Annual Teen Poetry Bash at the W Dale Clark Main Library (215 S 15th St, Omaha). Sponsored by the Omaha Public Library, join Nebraska Writers Collective's Bring two of your original poems to perform as slam poetry or read aloud. Top scoring entrants will pass the first round to be eligible for the cash grand prizes. Featuring Louder Than a Bomb coaches from Nebraska Writers’ Collective as the judges and emcees. Must be in grades 8-12. Space is limited to 40 entries. Registration is requested, but walk-in entries may be accepted if space allows. To register and get more information, go to the OPL Event Page.



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