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Listings For February, 2017

Listings After February

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

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


January

  • 1/22, Su-- 2-4pm, Writers Resist: LNK at Cottonwood Cafe Bistro Bar (440 S 11th St, Ste C, Lincoln). In concert with Writers Resist events across the country, Lincoln writers and activists come together to resist threats to our democracy, and to affirm our commitment to diversity, free speech, and social justice. Participants include: Grace Bauer, Adrienne Christian, Amanda Gailey, Ángel Garcia, Ted Genoways, Twyla Hanson, Jeannette E. Jones, Ebony Leary, Robert Lipscomb, Amelia Montes, Reagan Myers, Sam Nichols, Greg Rutledge, Joe Starita, Mary K. Stillwell. See more at the Facebook Event page. Postponed from 1/15.

  • 1/23, M-- 7-9pm, Seven Doctors Project XIV with music from Ripley's Not Dead at Slowdown (729 N 14th St, Omaha). Catch work by the latest class of 7DP participants at a fantastic evening event. Free, donations (tax deductible!) accepted. See more details at the Facebook Event page. The 7DP is a program of the nonprofit Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 1/23, 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)

  • 1/25, 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)

  • 1/25, W-- 7-8:30pm, The Backwaters Press Reading at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth St, Omaha) featuring Kwame Dawes, Lisa Fay Coutley, and Michael Skau. For full information, see the Facebook Event Page.

  • 1/25, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 1/25, 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)

  • 1/27, 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).

  • 1/28, 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).

  • 1/30, 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)

February

  • 2/2, Th-- 7-8pm, A Reading with Liz Kay: MCC Writing Center Reading Series at Metropolitan Community College-South Omaha Campus (2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave, Omaha). Poet and Novelist and a founding editor of Spark Wheel Press and the journal burntdistrict. See more information at the Facebook Event page.

  • 2/4, 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)

  • 2/4, Sa-- 7pm, Red Path Readers at Red Path Gallery (514 Seward St, Seward).

  • 2/6, 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)

  • 2/7, 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)

  • 2/8, 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)

  • 2/8, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 2/8, 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)

  • 2/10, 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).

  • 2/11, 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)

  • 2/11, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, Teen Poetry Workshop at the Washington branch Omaha Library (2868 Ames Ave, Omaha). This month's workshop is led by nationally-known touring poet Will Evans. Sponsored by the Omaha Public Library, join Nebraska Writers Collective's Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn from the experts. Free, aimed at teens but open to all.

  • 2/11, Sa-- 7pm, the Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at TBA. Tonight features the amazingly talented nationally-known touring poet Will Evans 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 Zedeka Poindexter. $5, $3 for students. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 2/12, Su-- 3-5pm workshop, 5-6pm open mic, Urban Voize writing workshop and open mic for poets and songwriters at Sozo Coffeehouse (lower level, 1314 Jones St, Omaha). Hosted by GtdyneMusiq. $10. (2nd Sunday)

  • 2/13, 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)

  • 2/15, 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)

  • 2/15, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 2/15, 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)

  • 2/16, 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)

  • 2/18, Sa-- 10am-Noon, William Blake Writing Workshop for teens in the Opera Omaha Rehearsal Studio (1850 Farnam St (entrance on S. 19th St), Omaha). Opera Omaha in partnership with the Nebraska Writers Collective host a poetry writing workshop centered around the works of English poet William Blake. Moderated by Nebraska Writers Collective's Matt Mason and Kevin Lawler, the librettist and director of a new opera on Blake, Stranger from Paradise, will dive into the life and works of Blake while coaching students on their own poetic compositions. Features a segment by visual artists Paula Wallace, students will learn how to create images around their words in a manner assimilated to Blake. Free, but space is limited so reservations are encouraged. Reservations available on the Opera Omaha website (www.operaomaha.org/upcoming_events) starting the week of January 16th.

  • 2/18, 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)

  • 2/20, 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)

  • 2/22, 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)

  • 2/22, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 2/22, 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)

  • 2/24, 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).

  • 2/25, 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)

  • 2/25, 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).

  • 2/27, 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)

Coming Up:

  • 3/5, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Northwest event at Chadron Public Library (Chadron). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Charlotte Endorf (Excess Baggage - Riding the Orphan Train) and Barbara Salvatore (Big Horse Woman). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Laura Madeline Wiseman, "Write What You Feel: A Prose and Poetry Workshop on Writing Emotions," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Valentine south to Broken Bow, west to Alliance and west and north to the west and north state lines are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by February 15, 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).

  • 3/25, Sa-- 10am-Noon, Writing Life Stories writing workshop with Todd Robinson at Omaha Creative Institute (1516 Cuming Street Omaha). To learn more and to register, see http://www.omahacreativeinstitute.org.

  • 4/2, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Northeast event at Northeast Community College (Norfolk). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Brad Kellogg and Raija Weiershauser (John & Mona Neihardt); Jerome Kills Small (Children Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories). Writers workshop 1-5pm by Lisa Kovanda, registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Ainsworth east to the Missouri River, south to Fremont and west to Berwyn are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by March 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).

  • 4/20, Th-- 7pm, Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Finals at the Holland Center (13th and Douglas Sts, Omaha). More info TBA.

  • 4/22, Sa-- 10am-Noon, Shakespeare Sonnets 101 workshop with Sarah Carlson-Brown at Omaha Creative Institute (1516 Cuming Street Omaha). To learn more and to register, see http://www.omahacreativeinstitute.org.

  • 5/7, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Southeast event at Sarpy County Museum, (Bellevue). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lucy Adkins and Marge Saiser (Poetry of Women on the Land); Ben Justman (Offutt Air Force Base History - World War II). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Margaret Lukas, "Nuts and Bolts and Beyond," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Omaha south to the Kansas Border, west to Red Cloud and north to St. Paul are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by April 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).

  • 5/26 and 27, F-- 7:30pm and Sa-- 2pm and 7:30pm, World Premiere, Stranger from Paradise: An opera drawn from the lives and work of William and Catherine Blake at Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus (2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave, ITC Building, Room 120, Omaha). Music by Nevada Jones, Libretto by Kevin Lawler. A co-production of Opera Omaha and the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the show is an exploration of the love, life and work of the prophetic artist William Blake and his wife and collaborator, Catherine. Free. See more at: http://www.gptcplays.com

  • 6/4, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Southwest event at McCook Public Library (McCook). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lorraine J. Duggin (Folktales, Folksongs, and Folk Dances of 1867 Nebraska); Karen Wyatt Drevo (Maria Rodaway: Prairie Pioneer). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Sarah Buhrman, "Throwing Rocks: Creating Obstacles in Story," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Riverton north to Wolbach south to Heartwell and south of Highways 6 and 23 west to the Colorado border are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by May 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).

  • 7/2, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Big Springs Corner event at Lincoln County Historical Museum (North Platte). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lucy Adkins (Poetry of Women on the Land); Terry Lane (Meet Buffalo Bill). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Twyla Hansen, Nebraska's State Poet, "Playing Around with Words: Poems, Stories, and the Creative Process," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Kearney south to Highways 6 and 23, west to the Colorado Border, north to Arthur, and east to Broken Bow are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by June 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, 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).



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