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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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  • 12/6, M-- 7-8:30pm, Take Up Space Youth Open Mic at The Bay (2005 Y St. Lincoln). Join us for another pop-up open mic night for young people (ages 13-19). Bianca Swift and Celie Knudsen will emcee, bring your new work, your old work, stage work, and page work, we want to hear it all. Sign-up to read here: At This Link. Masks are required, regardless of your vaccination status (thank you). This event brought to us by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 12/10, 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: 12/24(?), 1/14 and 28 etc.

  • 12/11. Sa-- 4-5pm, Zedeka Poindexter: Sense of the Pandemic at The Union For Contemporary Art (2423 N 24th St, Omaha). 2021 Union Fellow Zedeka Poindexter combines poetry, essays, sound, and images into a time capsule. Each segment of the show focuses on a different physical sense to build a personal picture of a Black woman living through all that was 2020/2021 in America. This will be a virtual show broadcast live on the Union FB page, but to enhance the immersive experience, participants will receive a companion kit to be used during the show. See full details at The Facebook Event page.

  • 12/11, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and Open Mic returns to OutrSpaces (1258 S 13th St, Omaha). Doors open at 7. For information and Covid protocols, see the Facebook Event Page. (2nd Saturday)
    -Next events: 1/8, 2/12, 3/12.

  • 12/15, W-- 6-7:30pm, Take Up Space Youth Open Mic at Project Project (1818 Vinton St, Omaha). Join us for another pop-up open mic night for young people (ages 13-19). Whether you write lyrics, jokes, recipes, or rap, we want to hear it all. Make us laugh, or cry, or cry from laughing (that's our favorite). But most importantly, bring your voice and your story. Sign-up to read here: At This Link. Masks are required, proof of vaccination must be shown for those over 18. This event brought to us by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 12/15, 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: 1/19, 2/16, etc.

  • 12/15, W-- 8pm, What's The Word? open mic slam poetry at The Berry & Rye (1105 Howard St, Omaha). Co hosted by Jonny Knogood and GetEjikeWithIt, E will be live on the 1's and 2's. Doors open at 7pm, suggested $5 entry fee or bring 5 canned goods. All poets are welcome. See details at the Facebook Event page.

  • 12/17, F-- 8pm, Open Mic at the Harvester Art Lofts (1000 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA). Snacks and beverages provided, hosted by DJ Laced. (every 3rd Friday)
    -Next events: 1/21, 2/18, 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:
    Jan 4, Trey Moody
    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

  • 1/11, Tu-- 7pm, The Front Porch Poetry Series presents Charles Peek and Terry Lee Schifferns at the Kearney Public Library (2020 1st Ave, Kearney). Admission is free.

  • 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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