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Listings For August, 2017

Listings After August

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

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


July

  • 7/21, F-- 9pm-1am, ALL N O.NE Variety SHOW-HustleholicWeek at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). Tonight features RnB, Rap, Comedy, as well as poetry by Michelle Troxclair. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 7/22, Sa-- Noon-4pm, Open House/Open Studios at the Bemis Center (724 S 12th St, Omaha). Artist-in-residence talks include a poetry reading from 1-1:15. Free ice cream! Free and open to the public. Galleries open at 11am, talks begin at noon, ice cream and open studios 1:15-4pm.

  • 7/22, 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)

  • 7/23, Su-- 7pm, Poetry Cafe from the Omaha Slam Team at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Help the Omaha Poetry Slam is working hard to send 4 talented poets to the National Poetry Slam in Denver in August. You can also enjoy some poetry, pizza, beer, and coffee while you do it. See full details at the Facebook Event page.

  • 7/24, M-- 6pm, Poetry Spectacular! with Todd Robinson and Matt Mason at the Down Under Lounge (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Experience more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 7/24, 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)

  • 7/26, 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)

  • 7/26, W-- 7-8:30pm, Backwaters Press July reading at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth St, Omaha) featuring Liz Kay, Greg Kosmicki and David Wyatt. For more information, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 7/26, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 7/27, Th-- 7pm, Fliye Productions presents Truth From Different Perspectives 5 at the Fair Deal Cafe (2118 N 24th St, Omaha). Tonight is hosted by Michelle Troxclair and features poets Allen Stevenson, Nicholas Bell, Geovauni X, Colleen O'Doherty and Matt Mason. $10 entry, does not include dinner (which is worth it and delicious so come early).

  • 7/28, 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).

  • 7/28, F-- 10:15pm, Omaha Days, a Love Down Below Legacy Show at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (2402 Erskine St, Omaha). This month we will bring in love by capturing some of our favorite singers and poets, with Alisha Moore, Malakhi & The Kay Ladies, Ruth Nash and Terrell Brewer with The Kevin Kelley Band, along with poetic duo Shanketta Newsome & MrDamePoetry. Doors open at 9pm, Pre-sale tix are $10, Day of show $15, Living Room VIP $20. awithlovefeliciaproduction. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 7/29, 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)

  • 7/29, Sa—- 2pm, Marge Saiser and Lucy Adkins reading new poems and talking about writing and publishing plus a Q and A at Indigo Bridge Bookstore (701 P Street, Lincoln). See more at www.indigobridgebooks.com.

  • 7/31, 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)

August

  • 8/3, Th-- 6-8pm, an August Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features a memorial reading for Bill Kloefkorn and Don Welch, with the songwriting duties filled by Bill's grandson, Jake Kloefkorn. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 8/5, 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)

  • 8/5, Sa-- 7pm, Red Path Readers at Red Path Gallery (514 Seward St, Seward).

  • 8/6-8, Su-Tu-- 150 Years of Nebraska Storytelling conference at Ponca State Park (Ponca). Explore Nebraska history and the art of storytelling through presentations by more than 15 accomplished Nebraska authors, fiction and poetry readings and writer’s workshops at one of the state’s most scenic parks. Featured presenters include Nebraska State Poet Twyla Hansen, JV Brummels, Neil Harrison and more. The three-day conference fee is $85, all meals included, there is a discount for students and educators. Lodging is not included. See full details at calendar.outdoornebraska.gov.

  • 8/6, Su-- 12-4pm, The 52nd annual Neihardt Day celebration on the grounds of the John G. Neihardt State Historic Site (306 W. Elm St, Bancroft). Museum tours, special artist exhibits, musical entertainment, luncheon and family-friendly activities, including the Neihardt Day program at 2. This event is sponsored by the Neihardt Foundation, Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation, Neihardt Trust, Nebraska Educational Television and Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. For more information, see the Facebook Event page or contact 402/648-3388 or toll-free: 888/777-HOOP.

  • 8/6, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Panhandle Southwest event at Kimball Public Library (Kimball). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Darrel Draper (Nebraska History as Told by Peter Sarpy); Cheryl Paden (Meet Bess Streeter Aldrich). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by N.L. Sharp, "The Rim of the Prairie: A Writing Practice Marathon," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Henry east to Arthur south to Ogallala and west to the Colorado and Wyoming borders are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by July 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 8/6, Su-- 5-7pm, free performance poetry/storytelling writing workshop at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Join Greg Harries and April Follmer 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)

  • 8/7, 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)

  • 8/9, 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)

  • 8/9, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 8/11, 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).

  • 8/12, 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)

  • 8/12, Sa-- 7pm, the Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at the Apollon (1801 Vinton 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. Hosted by Colleen O'Doherty. $5, $3 for students. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 8/14, 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)

  • 8/15, Tu-- 7pm, Imaginary Gardens Reading at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring poets William Trowbridge and Jeanne Emmons. This monthly series by Michael Skau features talented local poets. See details at the Facebook Event page.

  • 8/16, 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)

  • 8/16, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 8/17, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Withlove,Felicia and Michelle Troxclair at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). $7. 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 Foxy Troxy. (3rd Thursday)

  • 8/18, Th-- 7pm, Marjorie Saiser reading at the Writer’s Place (3607 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO). The website is writersplace.org.

  • 8/19, 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)

  • 8/20, Su-- 5-7pm, free performance poetry/storytelling writing workshop at Spielbound (3229 Harney St, Omaha). Join Greg Harries and April Follmer 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)

  • 8/21, 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)

  • 8/23, 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)

  • 8/23, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 8/25, 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).

  • 8/26, 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)

  • 8/26, 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).

  • 8/28, 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)

  • 8/30, 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)

  • 8/30, 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:

  • 9/12, 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.

  • 9/17, Su-- 6-8pm, Gender Revolt! Open Mic Night at MugLife Coffee (2452 1/2 Harney St, Omaha). UNO Women's and Gender Studies Program is partnering with Nebraska Writer's Collective, MUGLIFE, and Film Streams to celebrate queer voices in Omaha by hosting Gender Revolt! Open Mic night. Coffee, tea, light snacks, and limited adult beverages will be provided. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 9/30, Sa-- 6pm, Backwaters Press 20th Anniversary Celebration at Hot Shops (1301 Nicholas St, Omaha). With emcee Todd Robinson and music by the Prairie Gators, with food, wine, beer and desserts. Tickets are $40/person or $70/couple.

  • 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.



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