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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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  • 8/16, Tu-- 5-6pm, Poets Marjorie Saiser and Barbara Schmitz read at Francie and Finch Bookshop (130 S. 13th Street, Lincoln). The two are reading from their newest books of poetry, The Track the Whales Make by Saiser and Sundown at Faith Regional by Schmitz. See full details at The Facebook Event page.

  • 8/18, Th-- 7-8pm, the National Willa Cather Center Author Series presents Matt Mason in conversation with Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate Tanya Bachu. This is a live virtual event, find more information and the link to register here:

  • 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:
    8/20, Sa-- 10am, Gauri Awasthi: Ecopoetics and The Poet

  • 8/20, Sa-- 1-2:30pm, Local Poetry Authors Day at The Bookworm (2501 S 90th St, Omaha). Join us for our inaugural Local Poetry Authors reading and book signing featuring Cat Dixon, Amy Haddad, Heidi Hermanson, Todd Robinson, Matt Schur, and Shyla Shehan. See more information at the Facebook Event page.

  • 8/21, Su-- 3-5pm, Dog Days of August poetry open mic at the Saint Cecilia campus (Outdoors, directly in front of the parish center, near 39th and Burt St, Omaha). Everyone is welcome, bring a lawn chair and favorite pet poem or other favorite. Music, refreshments and shade provided. A gentle breeze will be provided by angels flapping their wings. For more information, contact Marc at

  • 8/23, Tu-- 8-11pm, The Red Velvet Curtain open mic at the Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St, Omaha). The Red Velvet Curtain is the extension of the long-running commitment to the Spoken Word Poetry scene that has been richly courted and supported in Omaha. Hosted by Zedeka Poindexter and Phillip Bauldwin. Help welcome all our Poets, Rappers, Storytellers, Comedians, Lyricists, Vocalists, Musicians and yes, Spoken Word Artists to the historic Benson Theatre. See more at

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

  • 9/10, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and Open Mic at The Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St, Omaha). Doors open at 7. For information, see the Facebook Event Page.

  • 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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