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  • 5/26, F-- 7pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam at inCOMMON (1340 Park Ave, Omaha). 6:45 doors, 7:00 show. See details at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 5/28, Su-- 2-3pm, Poetry and Fiction reading at Mills History Hall (Mills, NE (East of Burton)). Featured readers include former Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen, Todd Robinson, Mary Pipher, Mary Helen Stefaniak and current Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason. After the reading, Mary Helen Stefaniak will lead a writing workshop on Writing Family Stories.

  • 6/2, F-- Noon, First Friday Reading with Sherrie Flick through Larksong Writers Place but on Zoom. Register at:
    6/2: Allison L Bitz, author of The Unstoppable Bridge Bloom. 7/7: Tosca Lee, author of The Long March Home 8/4: Carson Vaughn, author of Zoo, Nebraska

  • The Nebraska Poetry Society presents the Nebraska Poets Reading Series at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month in 2022. See details at: Events are online, free and open to the public:
    6/6, Chad M. Christensen
    7/11, Lin Marshall Brummels
    8/1, Kelly Weber
    9/5, Jessica Poli

  • 6/6, Tu-- 7-9pm, Corner's Space: Poetry Night at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). A bi-weekly workshop designed to explore, learn, share, and grow through the poetic form. Join in the power of writing and space where new connections and self-expression are fostered. Hosted by Aspen Laboy, Chelsea Kavich, and Courtney Kilroy, made possible by KANEKO. Free, registration is required at:
    -Next events: 6/20.

  • 6/7, W-- 7-9pm, An Evening with Clint Smith: Opening Keynote for the 2023 Race, Religion and Social Justice Conference at Congregation of Temple Israel (13111 Sterling Ridge Dr, Omaha). See full details and ticket information at

  • 6/8, Th-- 6pm, Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason reads at The Next Chapter bookstore (2508 Farnam St, Omaha) to celebrate the one-year anniversary of At the Corner of Fantasy and Main: Disneyland, Midlife and Churros as well as poems from other collections. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 6/10, Sa-- 10am-4pm, the Nebraska Book Festival at the Lincoln Foundation Garden and LCL Bennett Martin Branch (1415 N St, Lincoln). See details at:

  • The Nebraska Poetry Society presents writing workshops on different topics, led by some wonderful poets. $35 or free to members. For more information and to register, go to:
    6/10, Sa-- 10am, Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, I Stop Somewhere Waiting for You: Adventures in the Poetic Second Person
    7/15, Sa-- 10am, Adrienne Christian, Writing the Elegant Sex Poem: Turning Your Readers On Without Turning them Off
    8/26, Sa-- 10am, Meghan Sterling, Submerged in the Sublime: The Expression of Self-Hood through the Modern Sonnet
    9/23, Sa-- 10am, Matt Mason, F-it, Let's Just Write a Sestina

  • 6/10, Sa-- 2-4pm, Slam Under the Sun at the Elmwood Park gazebo (Omaha). 18 poets will compete in a 3-round poetry slam. To sign up and to find more information, go to: Brought to you by the Nebraska Poetry Society.

  • 6/15, Th-- 6-7:30pm, Third Thursdays-Voices at Larksong (1600 N Cotner Blvd, Lincoln) featuring writers and musicians. Tonight features poets Tyler Jacobs and John Moesner (Courtesy of Humanities Nebraska) . See details and register at: (Third Thursday)

  • 6/18, Su-- 6-8:30pm, Jamaica Baldwin celebrates the launch of her debut poetry collection, Bone Language from YesYes Books at L's Kitchen (2785 S 17th St, Lincoln). Joining her are poets Chaun Ballard and Nicole Lachat along with music by the Mesonjixx duo. There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.

  • 6/21, W-- 8pm, The Sun's Long Kiss: Poetry for the Solstice with Theodora Ziolkowski at Cottonmill Amphitheater (Cottonmill Park, 2795 Cottonmill Ave, Kearney,) featuring University of Nebraska at Kearney professor of English Theodora Ziolkowski, presented by Prairie Art Brothers. Part of the Front Porch Poetry Series. Free. See more at

  • 6/22, Th-- 6:30-10:30pm, Hope + Harmony: Rhymes of Resilience at Dry Spokes Craft Mocktail Bar (1901 Leavenworth St, Omaha). A night of poetry, music, and storytelling as we celebrate our resilience and hope for a better future. This in-person event features two talented live musical acts and two spoken word poets along with interactive led a-capella singing and dancing (only if you want to). Come and be part of a community that is committed to making a positive impact on the world without giving up hope. $12-$15. Tickets and full details at:

  • 7/18, Tu-- 7pm, An Imaginary Gardens Reading with poets Cat Dixon and Michael Catherwood at Mister Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha). This event is free and open to the public. Join us for poetry and conversation! Hosted by Michael Skau. See details at the Facebook Event page.
  • 10/10, Tu-- 6-8pm, Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason reads at Anthem Coffee (39295 NE-2, Thedford).

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