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 June, 2016

Listings After June

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


May

  • 5/25, W-- 6-10:30pm, Omaha Gives performances at Slowdown (729 N 14th St, Omaha) with acts from Nebraska Writers Collective, Omaha Girls Rock, Maha Music Festival, Hear Nebraska, Omaha Symphony, and Benson First Friday. Doors open at 5pm.

  • 5/25, W-- 7:30pm, Write Your Wednesday: A Weekly Poetry Open Mic hosted by Genevieve Williams at Barley Street Tavern (2735 N 62nd St, Omaha). 7:30pm start. Sign up in person at 7. No cover! (every Wednesday).

  • 5/25, 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)

  • 5/27, 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).

  • 5/28, Sa-- 7pm, SO WHAT SLAM, poetry slam at SP CE Commons (1239 South 14th, Lincoln). $3 suggested. See our website www.sowhatslam for further information or our Facebook Page. (4th Saturday)

  • 5/28, Sa-- 7-9pm, Women, Lit: A Night of Poetry and Potions at House of Loom (1012 S 10th St, Omaha). Join us for an evening of poetry by three luminous women writers: Natasha Kessler-Rains, Megan Kaminski, and Valerie Wetlaufer. A blend of lyric craft and craft cocktails. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 5/28, Sa-- 7pm, The Gun Show at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). In addition to art we will have poetry, live music and beverages, all free to the public. Funds raised will be donated to Nebraskans Against Gun Violence. Live performances from Matt Mason, Eklectica, & Ojai. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 5/28, 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).

  • 5/30, M-- 2pm and 6pm, Writer's Workshop On The Air (KVNO 90.7 radio, Omaha). This 6-week radio literary series features readings and interviews with renowned writers featured in the UNO Writer's Workshop Reading Series. This week features a reading and audience questions with memoirist Harrison Candelaria Fletcher.

  • 5/30, 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)

  • 5/31, Tu-- 7pm, Imaginary Gardens Reading at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring poets William Trowbridge and Sara Amelia Snelling. This monthly series by Michael Skau features talented local poets.

June

  • 6/1, W-- 7:30pm, Write Your Wednesday: A Weekly Poetry Open Mic hosted by Genevieve Williams at Barley Street Tavern (2735 N 62nd St, Omaha). 7:30pm start. Sign up in person at 7. No cover! (every Wednesday).

  • 6/1, 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)

  • 6/4, 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)

  • 6/6, M-- 2pm and 6pm, Writer's Workshop On The Air (KVNO 90.7 radio, Omaha). This 6-week radio literary series features readings and interviews with renowned writers featured in the UNO Writer's Workshop Reading Series. This week features a reading and audience questions with Nala N Dhomhnaill, Irish-language poet.

  • 6/6, 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)

  • 6/7, 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)

  • 6/8, W-- 7:30pm, Write Your Wednesday: A Weekly Poetry Open Mic hosted by Genevieve Williams at Barley Street Tavern (2735 N 62nd St, Omaha). 7:30pm start. Sign up in person at 7. No cover! (every Wednesday).

  • 6/8, 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)

  • 6/10, 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).

  • 6/11, 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)

  • 6/11, 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)

  • 6/13, M-- 2pm and 6pm, Writer's Workshop On The Air (KVNO 90.7 radio, Omaha). This 6-week radio literary series features readings and interviews with renowned writers featured in the UNO Writer's Workshop Reading Series. This week features a reading and audience questions with poet and novelist Janet McAdams.

  • 6/13, 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)

  • 6/15, W-- 7:30pm, Write Your Wednesday: A Weekly Poetry Open Mic hosted by Genevieve Williams at Barley Street Tavern (2735 N 62nd St, Omaha). 7:30pm start. Sign up in person at 7. No cover! (every Wednesday).

  • 6/15, 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)

  • 6/16, 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. (3rd Thursday)

  • 6/18, 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)

  • 6/18, Sa-- 3-4:30pm, Show & Tell StorySLAM prep at the Benson Branch Library (6015 Binney St, Omaha). Prep for the June 23 Story Slam with help from teaching artists from The Nebraska Writers Collective. Details on the June 23 event at: omahalibrary.evanced.info.

  • 6/20, M-- 2pm and 6pm, Writer's Workshop On The Air (KVNO 90.7 radio, Omaha). This 6-week radio literary series features readings and interviews with renowned writers featured in the UNO Writer's Workshop Reading Series. This week features a reading and audience questions with poet and poetry ambassador Matt Mason.

  • 6/20, 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)

  • 6/22, W-- 7:30pm, Write Your Wednesday: A Weekly Poetry Open Mic hosted by Genevieve Williams at Barley Street Tavern (2735 N 62nd St, Omaha). 7:30pm start. Sign up in person at 7. No cover! (every Wednesday).

  • 6/22, 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)

  • 6/23, Th-- 6:30-9pm, Show & Tell StorySLAM at the Pizza Shoppe Collective (6056 Maple St, Omaha). This is a fun, loose, (kind of) competitive storytelling event for adults. We want you to share your most awkward adolescent moments. Dig up your middle school diaries, dopey love notes or embarrassing high school yearbook photos and prepare a 5-8 minute story or reading to share with the crowd. Co-hosted by Omaha Public Library and The Nebraska Writers Collective. Registration required for storytellers. Details and Registration info at: omahalibrary.evanced.info.

  • 6/23-26, July 6, 8, 10, Th-Su-- 8pm, Shakespeare On The Green presents The Taming of the Shrew at Elmwood Park (south of UNO's Bell Tower (64th & Dodge, Omaha)). See full details at NebraskaShakespeare.com.

  • 6/24, 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).

  • 6/25, Sa-- 9:30am-3pm, Bluestem Book Club Writers' Workshop at Henderson Mennonite Heritage Park (1.5 miles south of Henderson I-80 Exit #342). Featuring Award-Winning Novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson. The Bluestem Writers Workshop is a place based one-day workshop, participants will be inspired to discover their personal stories during directed writing sessions held at various venues at the park. $45. For information and to register, go to: hendersonheritage.wordpress.com/.

  • 6/25, 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)

  • 6/25, Sat -- 7pm, SO WHAT SLAM, poetry slam at SP CE Commons (1239 South 14th, Lincoln). $3 suggested. See our website www.sowhatslam for further information or our Facebook Page. (4th Saturday)

  • 6/25, 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).

  • 6/26, Su-- 7pm, The <insert title> Writing Workshop at The Apollon (1801 Vinton St, Omaha). For all ages, styles, and experience levels aiming to participate in poetry slams. Hosted by Juston Giulbreath and Brok Kerbrat. (4th Sunday)

  • 6/27, 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)

  • 6/28, Tu-- 6-7:30pm, Professional Development for Poets class at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). With 3 sessions (June 28, July 19, August 9th (all Tuesdays), sessions will cover different aspects of marketing yourself, publishing your work, both making and building your resume, and more. Led by Matt Mason, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, Jen Lambert, Justin Kemmerling and more.

  • 6/29, W-- 7:30pm, Write Your Wednesday: A Weekly Poetry Open Mic hosted by Genevieve Williams at Barley Street Tavern (2735 N 62nd St, Omaha). 7:30pm start. Sign up in person at 7. No cover! (every Wednesday).

  • 6/29, 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)

  • 6/30, 7/1-3, 5, 7, 9, Th-Su-- 8pm, Shakespeare On The Green presents The Taming of the Shrew at Elmwood Park (south of UNO's Bell Tower (64th & Dodge, Omaha)). See full details at NebraskaShakespeare.com.

Coming Up:

  • 7/19, Tu-- 6-7:30pm, Professional Development for Poets class at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). With 3 sessions (June 28, July 19, August 9th (all Tuesdays), sessions will cover different aspects of marketing yourself, publishing your work, both making and building your resume, and more. Led by Matt Mason, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, Jen Lambert, Justin Kemmerling and more.

  • 8/9, Tu-- 6-7:30pm, Professional Development for Poets class at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). With 3 sessions (June 28, July 19, August 9th (all Tuesdays), sessions will cover different aspects of marketing yourself, publishing your work, both making and building your resume, and more. Led by Matt Mason, Sarah McKinstry-Brown, Jen Lambert, Justin Kemmerling and more.

  • 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.



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