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

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  • 10/12, Tu-- 8pm, Poetry Tuesday open mic at Culxr House (3014 N 24th St, Omaha). We are excited to give the mic to talented local poets & writers. If you have a poem to perform then get signed up. Find that link in our LinkTree in our description box on Facebook, get signed up by 7pm if you wish to perform. If you miss out this time, we will be back next Tuesday. See more at the Facebook Page. (every Tuesday)
    -Next events: 10/19, 26, 11/2, 9, 16, 23, 30, etc.

  • 10/14, Th-- 7pm, Voices Amplified: Step Up To The Mic at The Highlander Accelerator (2112 N 30th St, Omaha). Local poets Zedeka Poindexter, Paula Bell and Shukura Huggins will perform original poems, while visual artist Hugo Zamorano completes an art piece inspired by their performances. This event is free to the public. See more at o-pa.org.

  • 10/16, Sa-- 9-11am (Central Time), Join Agate Fossil Beds' Virtual Writing Marathon Zoom Meeting. Register here: Agate Virtual Writing Marathon Signup Form. Digging Into Poetry--a virtual writing marathon hosted by Agate Fossil National Monument and the Nebraska Writing Project. Experience what it's like to dig into a poetry experience based around the features of Agate Fossil National Monument with Agate Rangers, Writing Project teachers, Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason, and writers of all ages.

  • 10/16, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and Open Mic returns to OutrSpaces (1258 S 13th St, Omaha). Doors open at 7, tonight features Iowa poet Kelsey Bigelow. For information and Covid protocols, see the Facebook Event Page.

  • 10/20, Wed-- 6:30-8pm, Metaphorically Speaking, a poetry open mic at Mountain Gypsy Home Imports (5034 Old Cheney Rd, Lincoln). This event plans to continue and, on this 1st meeting, will decide how often to meet and when, so those attending can help figure out the schedule. (3rd Wednesday)
    -Next Events: 11/17, 12/15, 1/19, 2/16, etc.

  • 10/20, Wed-- 7-8:30pm, the Nebraska Writers Collective presents a virtual a virtual reading and writing workshop with U.S. National Youth Poet Laureate, Alexandra Huynh. Register and see more information at: The Event Registration Doc.

  • 10/22, 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: 11/12, 11/26, 12/10, 12/24, etc.

  • 10/23, Sa-- 1-8pm, MCC's Creative Writing Forum at The Venue at Highland Accelerator (2120 N 30th St, Omaha). Online and in-person, registration required. See more at the Eventbrite.

  • 10/24, Su-- 2-3:30pm, Online Event: the John H. Ames Reading Series Presents: Hilda Raz and Grace Bauer. See full details at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 11/14, Su-- 5-9pm, The John G. Neihardt Foundation presents the Laureate's Feast at A View On State (13467 State St, Omaha). This year's Word Sender honoree is Joe Jackson, author of Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary. Tickets go on sale in October. See more information at neihardtcenter.org




  • 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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