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 February, 2015

Listings After February

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

John H. Ames Reading Series

Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains

Naked Words open mic

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

Wednesday Words


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


January

  • 1/31, Sa-- 7-8:30pm, Poetry Reading at the OM Center (1216 Howard, Omaha). Reading by Otis XII, Michelle Troxclair, Gina Keplinger, Matt Mason, and more benefiting the Nebraska Writers Collective. $5.

February

  • 2/1, Su-- 7-9pm, TAPESTRIES at the Apollon (1801 Vinton St, Omaha). A showcase featuring 4 poets, spoken word artists, storytellers and rappers performing conscious edutaining original sets. (1st Sunday).

  • 2/1, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 2/2, M-- 7pm, Special event at Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln): Queer Poetry Slam featuring UNL's Stacey Waite, Poets from Louder than a Bomb: Great Plains, among many other special slam poetry guests (See more at the night's Facebook page. Fundraiser Raffle will also take place! For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 2/4, 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)

  • 2/8, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 2/9, 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)

  • 2/11, 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)

  • 2/13, 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 Friday, 4th Saturday).

  • 2/14, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, Free poetry writing workshop at the Abraham branch library (5111 N 90th St, Omaha) taught by Chicago poet Tim Stafford. It's aimed at high school students but open to all. Sponsored by Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 2/14, 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. $7 suggested donation. Call 402/345-5078 or go to OmahaSlam.com for more information. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 2/15, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 2/16, 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)

  • 2/17, Tu-- 7pm, the Lincoln Poet Tree Slam at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). (3rd Tuesday)

  • 2/18, W-- 7:30pm, the Pizza Shoppe Battle Slam at the Pizza Shoppe (6056 Maple St, Omaha). Signup starts at 7pm, the P.S. Battle Slam is a slam where eight poets go head-to-head to earn high scores from the judges, with the winner advancing to the next round. At the end of the night, one will emerge victorious, and earn the right to face the previous month's winner for the P.S. Poems Belt. Poets should come prepared with at least three poems of three minutes or less, and a fourth if they'd like to face the champ. Open mic at the beginning. $5.

  • 2/18, 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)

  • 2/19, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Felicia Webster and Michelle Troxclair at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th St., Omaha). $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)

  • 2/22, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 2/23, 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)

  • 2/25, 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)

  • 2/26, Th-- 7pm, Poetry Slam in Vermillion, SD at Raziel's (13 West Main St, Vermillion SD). $5 at the door. Sponsored by the Vermillion Literary Project. For more information, see sites.usd.edu/projlit/poetry-slams (last Thursday of the month)

  • 2/28, Sa-- 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 Friday, 4th Saturday).

Coming Up:

  • 3/17-24-- Preliminary Bouts for Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains at UNL, UNO, and other locations TBA. For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/7, Tu-- 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Semi-Final bouts for Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains at the Durham Museum (801 South 10th St, Omaha). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/8, W-- 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Semi-Final bouts for Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains at the Joslyn Art Museum (2200 Dodge St, Omaha). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/20, M-- 7pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains finals at the Holland Performing Arts Center (1200 Douglas St, Omaha). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/25, Sa-- the Nebraska Book Festival at the UNO Community Engagement Center (UNO campus, just south of the Bell Tower). More details soon. This event organized by the Nebraska Center for the Book.



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