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Listings For November, 2017

Listings After November

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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


October

  • 10/23, M-- 5:15-7pm, No Name Reading Series at Barrymore's (124 N 13th St, Lincoln). No Name features the best in poetry and prose from graduate student writers in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of English. Readings are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit the No Name Series page. This event is part of UNL's Creative Writing Month, see more events and info at www.unl.edu/english/creative-writing-month.
  • 10/23, 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)

  • 10/24, Tu-- 7pm, reading by Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib at OutrSpaces (528 S 24th Ave, Omaha). Sponsored by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 10/25, 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)
  • 10/25, W-- 6-8pm, reading from The Flat Water Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets at the Norfolk Arts Center (305 N 5th St, Norfolk). Come hear contributors from the latest issue read their work.
  • 10/25, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 10/26, Th-- 7pm, Poetry Slam featuring Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib in the Nebraska Union Heritage Room (UNL campus, Lincoln). Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic, whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Pitchfork, and on MTV News. He is the author of the poetry collection The Crown AinŐt Worth Much and the forthcoming essay collection, They CanŐt Kill Us Until They Kill Us. This event is part of UNL's Creative Writing Month, see more events and info at www.unl.edu/english/creative-writing-month.
  • 10/26, Th-- 7-9pm, Inside Voices Poetry Open Forum at Aromas Benson (6051 Maple St, Omaha). This month's reading is an open forum for your own work or that of a poet you admire. Free cookies available from Bliss Bakery. We ask that all poetry be kid-friendly. No graphic content, please. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 10/27-28, F-Sa-- the second annual MCC Creative Writing Forum with keynote speaker Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib. For more information and to register, see mccneb.edu/Creative-Writing-Forum.aspx.

  • 10/27, F-- 6-8pm, Halloween LTAB Open Mic at the Inclusive Life Center (4501 S 96th St, Omaha). Students can bring poems on any subject, but the scary, creepy and macabre are encouraged. Candy! Prizes!
  • 10/27, F-- 6pm, reading by poet Kristi Carter at Francie & Finch Bookshop (301 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Carter will read from her book of poetry, Cosmovore. In this narrative collection of poems, the voice of the void reels and keens over meditations on consumption, the body, and the world.
  • 10/27, 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).
  • 10/27, F-- 9pm, The Love Down Below at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). A love variety show that delves into spoken word performances, games, raffles, food, dancing, live musical guests and other exploratory opportunities to merge the body, mind and soul creatively. It's where honest conversations about love and love expressions can take place in a safe space. $10 General Admission ($15 -$20 RSVP Limited Seating). See more at the Facebook page. (4th Friday)
  • 10/27, F-- 9:30pm-12:30am, Music and Poetry II at the Cottonwood Cafe Bistro Bar (440 S 11th St, Ste C, Lincoln). Free and open to the public: alternating performances of live music and poetic readings with music by Spencer Krull and poetry by Barbara Salvatore. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 10/28, 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)
  • 10/28, 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).

  • 10/30, M-- 7pm, Nasty Women Poets: A Reading by Contributors to the Anthology in the Bailey Library (Andrews Hall, UNL, Lincoln) featuring Grace Bauer, Twyla Hansen, Christine Stewart Nu–ez, Kimberly Tedrow, Hope Wabuke, Stacey Waite, and Laura Madeline Wiseman. Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversie Verse is an anthology of poems by and about women defying limitations and lady-like expectations, women who want to encourage little girls to keep dreaming. This event is part of UNL's Creative Writing Month, see more events and info at www.unl.edu/english/creative-writing-month.

  • 10/30, 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)

November

  • 11/1, 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)

  • 11/2, Th-- 6-8pm, a November Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features poets along with a musician.

  • 11/4, Sa-- Noon-1pm, Wings: Poets On Air radio show on Mind and Soul 101.3FM (Omaha). With Michelle Troxclair. (every other Saturday).
  • 11/4, 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)
  • 11/4, Sa-- 7pm, Red Path Readers at Red Path Gallery (514 Seward St, Seward).

  • 11/5, Su-- 1:30-3pm, Sundays at Red Path with Nebraska Writers Guild Authors at Red Path Gallery (514 Seward St, Seward). See more at the Facebook Event page.
  • 11/5, Su-- 6-8pm, free performance poetry/storytelling writing workshop at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Join Greg Harries 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)

  • 11/6, 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)

  • 11/8, 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)
  • 11/8, W-- 7-9pm, reading from The Flat Water Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth, Omaha). Come hear contributors from the latest issue read their work.
  • 11/8, W-- 7-10pm, (i)N o.NE Slam at the Omaha Rockets Kanteen (2402 Erskine St, Omaha). Doors open at 7, signup by 7:30, 7:45 start time. October and November start slam team qualifiers.
  • 11/8, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 11/9, Th-- 7pm, Show & Tell StorySLAM at the Apollon Art Space (1801 Vinton St, Omaha). This is a fun, loose, (kind of) competitive storytelling event for adults. We want to hear your best stories about breaking the rules, pushing boundaries and resisting. Hopeful storytellers should prepare a 5-8 minute story to share with the crowd. See full details at the Facebook Event page. Sponsored by Omaha Public Library with help from the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 11/10, 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).

  • 11/11, 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)
  • 11/11, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, 2nd Saturday Writing Workshop with Omaha Public Library and Louder Than a Bomb at the South Branch library (2808 Q St, Omaha). This month's workshop is led by Twin City poet Thadra Sheridan on performance. (2nd Saturday, Oct-April)
  • 11/11, Sa-- 7:30pm, the Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at OutrSpaces (528 S 24th 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. $5, $3 for students. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 11/12, Su-- 5-9pm, 2017 Neihardt Center Laureate's Feast at Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha Campus (Swanson Conference Center Bldg 22) The event will feature the presentation of the Neihardt Foundation's 2017 Word Sender award to Tim Anderson. Anderson is the author of "Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt" published by the University of Nebraska Press. The evening event will include a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with musical entertainment, a gourmet meal prepared by the Metro Community College Institute of Culinary Arts, plus live and silent auctions. Reservations required. For more information, see www.neidhardtcenter.org.

  • 11/13, M-- 5:15-7pm, No Name Reading Series at Barrymore's (124 N 13th St, Lincoln). No Name features the best in poetry and prose from graduate student writers in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of English. Readings are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit the No Name Series page.
  • 11/13, 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)

  • 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.

  • 11/15, 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)
  • 11/15, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 11/16, Th-- 1-3:30pm, reading from The Flat Water Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets in the Humanities Lounge (Wayne State College, Wayne). Come hear contributors from the latest issue read their work.
  • 11/16, Th-- 7:30-10pm, the WORD- a jazz infused spoken word open mic at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (2401 N 24th St, Omaha). A monthly spoken word night created, hosted and founded by Withlove,Felicia of the former VeRBal GuMBO & The Love Down Below. Doors open at 7:30, show kicks off 8. $10 at the door, food to purchase and Vendors, $5 CiricTails. Poetry open mic list open until 9:30. (3rd Thursday)

  • 11/17, F-- 7:30pm, Tapestries at The Reign Lounge (8919 N. 30th St, Omaha). Calling all poets, writers, rappers, singers, musicians, storytellers, artists: show us what you got! It's the REBIRTH!! Get woven at the new Tapestries! $5 cover. Hosted by Anissa Lennox and Michelle Eva with DJ FoxyTroxy. See more at the Facebook Event page. (3rd Friday)

  • 11/18, 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)

  • 11/19, Su-- 6-8pm, free performance poetry/storytelling writing workshop at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Join Greg Harries 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)

  • 11/20, 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)

  • 11/22, 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)
  • 11/22, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 11/24, 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).
  • 11/24, F-- 9pm, The Love Down Below at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). A love variety show that delves into spoken word performances, games, raffles, food, dancing, live musical guests and other exploratory opportunities to merge the body, mind and soul creatively. It's where honest conversations about love and love expressions can take place in a safe space. $10 General Admission ($15 -$20 RSVP Limited Seating). See more at the Facebook page. (4th Friday)
  • 11/25, 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)
  • 11/25, 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).

  • 11/27, 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)

  • 11/29, 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)
  • 11/29, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

Coming Up:

  • 12/2, Sa-- 1pm, the Poetry Bash for Teens at the W. Dale Clark Main Library (215 S 15th St, Omaha). Put on by the Omaha Public Library with help from the Nebraska Writers Collective. More info soon.

  • 12/4, M-- 5:15-7pm, No Name Reading Series at Barrymore's (124 N 13th St, Lincoln). No Name features the best in poetry and prose from graduate student writers in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of English. Readings are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit the No Name Series page.




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