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  • 6/8, Th-- 6pm, Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason reads at The Next Chapter bookstore (2508 Farnam St, Omaha) to celebrate the one-year anniversary of At the Corner of Fantasy and Main: Disneyland, Midlife and Churros as well as poems from other collections. See more at the Facebook Event page.

    6/9, F-- 7-9pm, pr0xy-fl3$h performance and poetry night at Generator Space (1804 Vinton St, Omaha). Amplify Arts is celebrating the closing of our current Generator Grant exhibition with a night of performance and poetry. The gallery will serve as stage and backdrop for Bernadette Johnson, Ben Hammar, Mark Sabaliauskas, Margo Johnson, Aspen M Laboy, iph, Alex Jacobsen, and Gayle Rocz to share their work and layer new meaning into the exhibition. Free and open to all, space is limited. Please register to join:

  • 6/10, Sa-- 10am-4pm, the Nebraska Book Festival at the Lincoln Foundation Garden and LCL Bennett Martin Branch (1415 N St, Lincoln). See details at:

  • 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:
    6/10, Sa-- 10am, Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, I Stop Somewhere Waiting for You: Adventures in the Poetic Second Person
    7/15, Sa-- 10am, Adrienne Christian, Writing the Elegant Sex Poem: Turning Your Readers On Without Turning them Off
    8/26, Sa-- 10am, Meghan Sterling, Submerged in the Sublime: The Expression of Self-Hood through the Modern Sonnet
    9/23, Sa-- 10am, Matt Mason, F-it, Let's Just Write a Sestina

  • 6/10, Sa-- 2-4pm, Slam Under the Sun at Aksarben/Elmwood Park (Omaha). We have room for 18 spoken word poets to take the stage and showcase their talent at the biggest festival of the summer. The winner of the Slam will recieve a cash prize and the top three will recieve a gift from the Summer Arts Festival. The judges will be selected from the audience. Reserve your spot now, then meet us at the Gazebo in the park at 1:00p to get in the schedule. See details at:

  • 6/10, F-- 7-9pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam at inCOMMON Park Avenue Commons (1340 Park Ave, Omaha). 6:40 doors, 7:00 show. See details at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 6/14, W-- 7pm, Backyard reading at Dundee Book Co (309 S 50th St, Omaha). Tonight features Marjorie Saiser and Mark Sabaliauskas.

  • 6/15, Th-- 6-7:30pm, Third Thursdays-Voices at Larksong (1600 N Cotner Blvd, Lincoln) featuring writers and musicians. Tonight features poets Tyler Jacobs and John Moesner (Courtesy of Humanities Nebraska) . See details and register at: (Third Thursday)

  • 6/17, Sa-- 4:30-5:30pm, Poet John Stevens Berry poetry book release reading at Francie & Finch Bookshop (130 S 13th St, Lincoln). John Stevens Berry's new book Foot Soldier is a free verse memoir giving insights into war, small-town America, and a life fully lived. See details at the Facebook Event page.

  • 6/18, Su-- 6-8:30pm, Jamaica Baldwin celebrates the launch of her debut poetry collection, Bone Language from YesYes Books at L's Kitchen (2785 S 17th St, Lincoln). Joining her are poets Chaun Ballard and Nicole Lachat along with music by the Mesonjixx duo. There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres.

  • 6/20, Tu-- 7-9pm, Corner's Space: Poetry Night at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). A bi-weekly workshop designed to explore, learn, share, and grow through the poetic form. Join in the power of writing and space where new connections and self-expression are fostered. Hosted by Aspen Laboy, Chelsea Kavich, and Courtney Kilroy, made possible by KANEKO. Free, registration is required at:
    -Next events: 6/20.

  • 6/21, W-- 8pm, The Sun's Long Kiss: Poetry for the Solstice with Theodora Ziolkowski at Cottonmill Amphitheater (Cottonmill Park, 2795 Cottonmill Ave, Kearney,) featuring University of Nebraska at Kearney professor of English Theodora Ziolkowski, presented by Prairie Art Brothers. Part of the Front Porch Poetry Series. Free. See more at

  • 6/22, Th-- 6:30-10:30pm, Hope + Harmony: Rhymes of Resilience at Dry Spokes Craft Mocktail Bar (1901 Leavenworth St, Omaha). A night of poetry, music, and storytelling as we celebrate our resilience and hope for a better future. This in-person event features two talented live musical acts and two spoken word poets along with interactive led a-capella singing and dancing (only if you want to). Come and be part of a community that is committed to making a positive impact on the world without giving up hope. $12-$15. Tickets and full details at:

  • 6/28, W-- 7pm, Backyard reading at Dundee Book Co (309 S 50th St, Omaha). Tonight features Jamaica Baldwin, Alina Nguyen, and Gina Tranisi.

  • 7/7, F-- Noon, First Friday Reading with Tosca Lee, author of The Long March Home through Larksong Writers Place but on Zoom. Register at:
    7/7: Tosca Lee, author of The Long March Home
    8/4: Carson Vaughn, author of Zoo, Nebraska

  • 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:
    7/11, Lin Marshall Brummels
    8/1, Kelly Weber
    9/5, Jessica Poli

  • 7/18, Tu-- 7pm, An Imaginary Gardens Reading with poets Cat Dixon and Michael Catherwood at Mister Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha). This event is free and open to the public. Join us for poetry and conversation! Hosted by Michael Skau. See details at the Facebook Event page.

  • 10/5-8, Th-Su-- Nebraska Poetry Retreat at Norfolk Lodge and Suites (4200 W Norfolk Ave, Norfolk). See details and registration information at the Nebraska Poetry Society's website:

  • 10/10, Tu-- 6-8pm, Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason reads at Anthem Coffee (39295 NE-2, Thedford).

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