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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

  • 9/24, 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: 10/8, 10/22, 11/12, 11/26, etc.

  • 9/24, 7pm, Open Mic at the Artist Lofts (1000 S Main St, Council Bluffs, IA). Non-alcoholic beverages and snacks provided, music by DJ Laced. When you come, please park in the street, not the lot.

  • 9/25, 4pm, Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason launches his 3rd poetry collection, I Have a Poem the Size of the Moon, at the Florence Mill (9102 N 30th St, Omaha). There will be poetry and donuts to celebrate the book's release, in an outdoor reading (BYO Chair, if you can). See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 9/28, 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: 10/5, 12, 19, 26, 11/2, 9, 16, 23, 30, etc.

  • 9/29, 2-3pm, Northeast Community College Visiting Writers Series presents Debra Marquart, Iowa Poet Laureate at Union 73 Coffee Shop (Northeast Community College, Norfolk). See more at the Facebook Event.

  • 9/30, 2pm, Wayne State College's Plains Writers Series presents Debra Marquart, Iowa Poet Laureate in the Humanities Lounge (Wayne State campus, Wayne). The Plains Writers Series is held several times a year to bring attention to the prose and poetry of Great Plains writers through reading and interacting with area audiences.

  • 9/30, 6pm, the Nebraska Wesleyan's William C. Kloefkorn Nebraska Writers Series presents Saddiq Dzukogi in the Olin B Lecture Hall (5101 Madison Avenue, Lincoln). The reading is free and open to the public.

  • 9/30, 6:30-8pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at the Council Bluffs Public Library (400 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, IA, Meeting Room A). You can stop by and read up to 5 minutes of your own creations or just listen to others. If you plan to attend, please contact the Reference Desk at 712-323-7553, to sign up. See more at

  • 10/4, 5pm, Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason reads at the Ainsworth Library (445 N Main St, Ainsworth). Mason reads from his 3rd book, I Have A Poem The Size of the Moon.

  • 10/6, 7:30pm, UNO's Writer's Workshop Reading Series presents Reginald Dwayne Betts in an online reading (Preregister here). Reginald Dwayne Betts is an American poet, memoirist, and teacher. He has written three collections of poetry, Bastards of the Reagan Era, Shahid Reads His Own Palm, and his most recent collection Felon, which interrogates and challenges our notions of justice.

  • 10/7, 4-5:30pm, Six Poets Reading Outdoors at Larksong Writers Place (1600 N. Cotner Blvd, Lincoln). Poetry reading with Marge Saiser, Mary K.Stillwell, Barbara Schmitz, Katie Schmid, Lucy Adkins, and Grace Bauer on the lawn at Larksong. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy listening to six poets read from their newest books. See more at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 10/16, 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.

  • 10/20, 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.

  • 11/14, 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

  • 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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