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Good poetry fans: WTF? Come on... I mean... come on... Okay, we're starting slowly, we'll see how it goes as we list poetry events once more. Thanks, everyone. -Matt

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  • 1/28, F-- 7-10pm, Open Mic Nite in North Platte at the Espresso Shop (419 N Dewey St, North Platte). Open Mic Nite brings newcomers and established performers together twice a month from 7-10 p.m. No admission charge, but a $2 donation is requested. Refreshments, soups, sandwiches, snacks and craft beer on sale at the counter. (2nd and 4th Friday).
    -Next events: 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25 etc.

  • The Nebraska Poetry Society presents the Nebraska Poets Reading Series at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of every month in 2022. See details at: Events are online, free and open to the public:
    Feb 1, Marcia Popp
    Mar 1, Tryphena Yeboah; Apr 5, James Solheim; May 3, Adrienne Christian; Jun 7, Hilda Raz; Aug 2, Scott Abels; Sep 6, P. Ivan Young; Oct 4, Stacey Waite; Dec 6, Lorraine Duggin

  • 2/9, W-- 7:30pm, The UNO Writer's Workshop Spring Reading Series kicks off with author Lisa Fay Coutley in the Criss Library (Limited Seating Capacity (UNO campus)). Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of tether (Black Lawrence, 2020), Errata (Southern Illinois, 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, and In the Carnival of Breathing (BLP, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition.

  • 2/12, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and Open Mic (Could move online so watch this space) at OutrSpaces (1258 S 13th St, Omaha). Doors open at 7. For information and Covid protocols, see the Facebook Event Page. (2nd Saturday)
    -Next events: 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, etc..

  • 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:
    2/17, Th-- 6:30pm, The Free Verse Poem
    2/19, Sa-- 10am, Kwame Dawes: What Art Can Teach the Poet
    3/12, Sa-- 10am, Raina León: "Back In the Day"": The Element(ary) of the Body
    4/9, Sa-- 10am, Maria Nazos: Sorry, Not Sorry: Curses, Confessions, and Apologies for Things You're Secretly Glad You Did
    4/30, Sa-- 10am, Kim Noriega: Creative Regeneration
    5/14, Sa-- 10am, Matt Mason: Metaphor and Simile are Like, Ummm, the Batteries that Make a Poem (or any description) Run
    6/18, Sa-- 10am, Kim Noriega: The Well Turned Poem
    7/9, Sa-- 10am, Holly Lyn Walrath: Journaling for Poets
    8/20, Sa-- 10am, Gauri Awasthi: Ecopoetics and The Poet

  • 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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