The Poetry Menu

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How do events get listed on the Nebraska Poetry Menu? Only with your help. We can't find all the info ourselves, so send additions, changes, comments, and suggestions to poetrymenu@googlegroups.com. The Poetry Menu is your best, free resource for Nebraska poetry events... Omaha poetry, Lincoln poetry, Scottsbluff, Kearney, Wayne, Norfolk, we want to make sure it's all here.

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


  • 7/15/21, Th-- 4-7pm, Open House for the new Larksong Writers Place (1600 North Cotner Blvd, Lincoln). We are excited to show the community our new space where writing will soon happen after conducting writing workshops online-only last year, and in-person at various area locations in years past. For more information about our organization, please go to larksongwritersplace.org.

  • 7/29/21, Sa-- 2pm-Midnight, the Maha Music Festival (Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, 67th and Center Sts, Omaha) again features poets this year, with students from Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains on the Main Stage at 2:25, 3, and 4pm and an hour of poetry in the Laughs and Snaps Tent from 5-6pm. Oh, there will be music, too. Tickets: $65.

  • 8/1/21, Su-- 1-3pm, the 56th Annual Neihardt Day Celebration at The John G. Neihardt State Historic Site (306 W Elm St, Bancroft). Led by Master of Ceremonies Ron Hull, we'll spend the afternoon celebrating the influence of nature on Neihardt's writing. Jack Phillips of the Naturalist School will speak, as will Nebraska's first Youth Poet Laureate, Mimi Yu. To end the day, a quartet from the internationally known Pathfinders Chorus will perform. Bring your lawn chairs and join us, lunch will be available for purchase ($9) beginning at 11:30am. Admission is free. See details at: neihardtcenter.org/events/annual-neihardt-day-celebration.

  • 8/1/21, Su-- 4-8pm (poetry 5:50-6:30pm), To-Gather Picnic on the Commons at the Tri-Faith Initiative (13136 Faith Plaza, Omaha). Join us for a magical evening of re-gathering. Tri-Faith started with a simple idea: A picnic table to gather around is all we really need for interfaith relationships to flourish. We'll meet again in this same spirit, reunited with friends old and new. Gathering again, we'll embrace our differences and all that we share. Please join us to break bread together, give thanks for each other, and to celebrate! See details at: trifaith.org/events/picnic-on-the-commons-2021/.

  • 9/1, W-- Deadline to apply for a residency at the KHN Center for the Arts (801 Third Corso, Nebraska City). The mission of the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts is to support established and emerging writers, visual artists and composers by providing working and living environments that allow uninterrupted time for work, reflection and creative growth and to present and support arts-related programming that expands public awareness and appreciation of the arts. See more on the KHN and how to apply at: khncenterforthearts.org/residency/how-apply.

  • 9/3, F-- 4-9:30pm, Omaha Lit Fest 2021 at the Bluebarn Theatre (1106 S 10th St, Omaha). See details at: omaha-lit-fest.com/.


  • 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: www.youtube.com/playlist





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