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Listings For July, 2017

Listings After July

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

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


June

  • 6/25, 7/5, 6, 8-- 8pm, Shakespeare on The Green presents King Lear at Young Park (Elmwood Park by UNO, Omaha). See full details at: Nebraskashakespeare.com.

  • 6/26, 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)

  • 6/28, 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)

  • 6/28, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 6/29, Th-- 7pm, Truth From Different Perspectives Dinner and Poetic Showcase at the Fair Deal Cafe (2118 N 24th St, Omaha). Hosted by Aaryon "Bird" Williams and featuring MrDame Poetry, Olivia Johnson, Lite Pole, Shanketta Newsome, Developing Crisp and Michelle Troxclair. $10 entry fee, dinner sold seperately.

  • 6/29-30, 7/1-2, 7, 9-- 8pm, Shakespeare on The Green presents Merry Wives of Windsor at Young Park (Elmwood Park by UNO, Omaha). See full details at: Nebraskashakespeare.com.

  • 6/30, F-- 10pm-1am, The Love Down Below at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (2402 Erskine St, Omaha). Poetry and music for the 21 and over crowd. Live music, Sensual poetry, Raffles, Fun adult games n interactions, Soul food for sale, Cupcakes by The Cupcake Nerds. $10 general admission before the night of the show, $15 at the door Tickets available through The Omaha Rockets Kanteen and Ms. PLaToye. Hosted by Withlove Felicia. See more at: Facebook.com.

July

  • 7/1, 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)

  • 7/2, Su-- 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Big Springs Corner event at Lincoln County Historical Museum (North Platte). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lucy Adkins (Poetry of Women on the Land); Terry Lane (Meet Buffalo Bill). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Twyla Hansen, Nebraska's State Poet, "Playing Around with Words: Poems, Stories, and the Creative Process," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Kearney south to Highways 6 and 23, west to the Colorado Border, north to Arthur, and east to Broken Bow are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by June 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 7/2, Su-- 5-7pm, free performance poetry/storytelling writing workshop at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Join Greg Harries and April Follmer to share and generate writing intended for performance. There will be time for feedback on written work, performance development, and writing prompts, with drinks and conversation on the side. (1st and 3rd Sunday)

  • 7/3, 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)

  • 7/5, 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)

  • 7/5, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 7/6, Th-- 6-8pm, a July Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features poets Dominique Garay, Reagan Myers, and Helen Winston along with musician Laurie McClain. See more at the Facebook Event.

  • 7/8, 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)

  • 7/8, Sa-- 7pm, the Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at the Apollon (1801 Vinton 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 Colleen O'Doherty. $5, $3 for students. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 7/10, 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)

  • 7/11, Tu-- 7pm, Marjorie Saiser reading inside the cool and beautiful G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture (2010 University Drive, Kearney). The series is produced by Rick Brown and Mark Foradori. The website is prairieartbrothers.com.

  • 7/12, 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)

  • 7/12, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 7/14, F-- 6-8pm, Poetry: in Voice / in Print. the opening night event for the Nebraska Book Festival at Constellation Studios (2055 O St, Lincoln). Register and see details ateventbrite.com.

  • 7/14, 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).

  • 7/14-15, F-Sa, the Nebraska Book Festival at Constellation Studios (2055 O St, Lincoln) and Union Plaza (Antelope Valley neighborhood, Lincoln). See details at the Facebook Page and at the website for the Book Festival.

  • 7/15, 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)

  • 7/15, Sa-- 2pm, Maha Poetry Slam at the Bike Union (1818 Dodge St, Omaha). Come to read or to cheer! LTAB students are invited to take part in the poetry slam, winner of the poetry slam gets a spot on the main stage at the Maha Music Festival August 19. All participants are invited to read in the Globe tent at the festival. For more information and to sign up as a competitor, go to: The Facebook Event.

  • 7/16, Su-- 5-7pm, free performance poetry/storytelling writing workshop at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Join Greg Harries and April Follmer to share and generate writing intended for performance. There will be time for feedback on written work, performance development, and writing prompts, with drinks and conversation on the side. (1st and 3rd Sunday)

  • 7/17, 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)

  • 7/18, Tu-- 7pm, Imaginary Gardens Reading at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring poets . This monthly series by Michael Skau features talented local poets.

  • 7/19, 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)

  • 7/19, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 7/20, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Withlove,Felicia and Michelle Troxclair at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). $7. 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 Foxy Troxy. (3rd Thursday)

  • 7/22, 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)

  • 7/24, 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)

  • 7/26, 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)

  • 7/26, W-- 7-8:30pm, Backwaters Press July reading at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth St, Omaha) featuring Liz Kay, Greg Kosmicki and David Wyatt. For more information, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 7/26, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 7/28, 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).

  • 7/29, 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)

  • 7/31, 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:

  • 8/6, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Panhandle Southwest event at Kimball Public Library (Kimball). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Darrel Draper (Nebraska History as Told by Peter Sarpy); Cheryl Paden (Meet Bess Streeter Aldrich). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by N.L. Sharp, "The Rim of the Prairie: A Writing Practice Marathon," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Henry east to Arthur south to Ogallala and west to the Colorado and Wyoming borders are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by July 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 8/18, Th-- 7pm, Marjorie Saiser reading at the Writer’s Place (3607 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO). The website is writersplace.org.

  • 9/12, Tu-- 7pm, Poet TBA reading inside the cool and beautiful G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture (2010 University Drive, Kearney). The series is produced by Rick Brown and Mark Foradori. The website is prairieartbrothers.com.

  • 11/14, Tu-- 7pm, Poet TBA reading inside the cool and beautiful G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture (2010 University Drive, Kearney). The series is produced by Rick Brown and Mark Foradori. The website is prairieartbrothers.com.



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