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Listings For September, 2016

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 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


August

  • 8/29, 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)

  • 8/31, 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)

September

  • 9/1, Th-- 6-8pm, a September Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features Michelle and Sig Lyles of Omaha, with poetry and instrumental accompaniment; writer Adrian Koesters of Omaha, poet Terrance Oberst, and Tony Church on 12 string guitar.

  • 9/1, Th-- 7-9pm, Show & Tell StorySLAM at Pizza Shoppe Collective (6056 Maple St, Omaha). This is a fun, loose, (kind of) competitive storytelling event for adults. We want to hear your stories about best-laid plans gone awry. Prepare a 5-8 minute story to share with the crowd. Come out and watch, too! Co-hosted by Omaha Public Library and The Nebraska Writers Collective. Storytellers encouraged to register prior to the event. Registration for storytellers HERE. See full event info for audience and participants at: The Facebook Page.

  • 9/3, 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)

  • 9/5, 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)

  • 9/6, 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)

  • 9/7, 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)

  • 9/8-12, Th-M, Write on the River Writers Retreat in the River Inn Resort, a floating inn on the Missouri River (Brownville). Join novelists Karen Getter Shoemaker and Amy Hassinger for a long weekend of Peace, Permission and Page-filling hours. This limited enrollment workshop will include craft talks, individual writing guidance, plenty of free time to write together or alone, and the presence of the river for inspiration. Meals and lodging included. See more at: www.larksongwritersplace.com.

  • 9/9, 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).

  • 9/10, 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)

  • 9/10, 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 Zedeka Poindexter. $5, $3 for students. Call 402/345-5078 or go to OmahaSlam.com for more information. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 9/12, 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)

  • 9/14, W-- 7:30pm, the Writer's Workshop Reading Series at UNO features novelist and nonfiction writer Amy Hassinger 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.

  • 9/14, 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)

  • 9/15, Th-- 9pm, Def Poet Georgia Me at Alchemy Bar & Grill (5413 S 72nd St, Omaha) with NWC poets Lite Pole, Olivia Johnson, and Shukura Huggins opening the show. See more information at the Facebook event page. Georgia Me has appeared on HBO Def Poetry and Tyler Perry's Why did Madea go to jail and is currently on tour with Jill Scott. Tickets only $25.

  • 9/15, Th-- POSTPONED TO 9/30 THIS MONTH, Verbal Gumbo with Felicia Webster and Michelle Troxclair at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th St., Omaha). (3rd Thursday)

  • 9/17, 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)

  • 9/19, 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)

  • 9/20, Tu-- 7pm, Imaginary Gardens Reading at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring poets Marjorie Saiser and Michael Catherwood. This monthly series by Michael Skau features talented local poets. See more information at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 9/21, 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)

  • 9/23, 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).

  • 9/24, 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-- 7pm, SO WHAT SLAM, poetry slam at The Commons (1239 South 14th, Lincoln). Featured performer will be Ryler Dustin currently of Lincoln. $3 suggested. 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).

  • 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-- 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)

Coming Up:

  • 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.

  • 10/19, 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.

  • 10/20, 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.

  • 10/22, 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.

  • 10/29, 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.

  • 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.

  • 11/16, 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.



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