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Good poetry fans: Okay, we're still moving slowly, we'll see how it goes as we list poetry events once more. Thanks, everyone. -Matt

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  • 6/27, M-- 6:30-8pm, Poetry book launch by Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason at the Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St, Omaha). Mason's 4th book of poetry has just been released by The Old Mill Press: At the Corner of Fantasy and Main: Disneyland, Midlife and Churros. Mason will read from the new book as well as answer questions and autograph books. See more at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 7/2, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and Open Mic debuts at The Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St, Omaha). Doors open at 7. Tonight features Zedeka Poindexter. For information and Covid protocols, see the Facebook Event Page. (1st Saturday, through September)
    -Next events: 8/6, etc.

  • 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:
    7/9, Sa-- 10am, Holly Lyn Walrath: Journaling for Poets
    8/20, Sa-- 10am, Gauri Awasthi: Ecopoetics and The Poet

  • 7/9, Sa-- 2-3:30pm, Writing About Family: Can I? Should I? How? with Marjorie Saiser in connection with One Book One Lincoln/Sparks Like Stars, at Eisley Branch Library (1530 Superior Street, Lincoln). No reservation needed. Just show up!

  • 7/11 and 18, Mo-- 12-12:45pm, Music and Writing with Fernando Antonio Montejano for 5th-8th graders at the Baright Public Library (5555 South 77th St, Ralston). Register today for this calm and creative workshop series where we explore the way music inspires us to create, tell stories, and share ourselves with the world. Registration:

  • 7/25, M-- 6:30pm, Open Mic Poetry at the Council Bluffs Library (Meeting Room A, 400 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, IA). Come celebrate Summer and poetry, coffee or Tea will be served. Bring up to 5 minutes of poetry to share.

  • 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:
    8/2, Scott Abels
    9/6, P. Ivan Young; 10/4, Stacey Waite; 12/6, Lorraine Duggin

  • 10/2, Su-- 8pm, Andrea Gibson's You Better Be Lightning Tour at The Waiting Room (6212 Maple St, Omaha). See details and ticket information at:

  • See poetry writing workshops from the Nebraska Writers Collective's Touring Artist Series sponsored by Humanities Nebraska. Poets Jacqui Germain, Meera Dasgupta, Brandon Som, Adam Stone, Debra Marquart, and Patricia Smith are featured on this Youtube playlist:

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