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Good poetry fans: Okay, we're still moving slowly, we'll see how it goes as we list poetry events once more. Thanks, everyone. -Matt

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  • 5/18, W-- 7:30pm, What's the Word? open mic poetry at The Berry & Rye (1105 Howard St, Omaha). We will have GetEjikeWithIt setting the vibe as usual, it will be hosted by Jonny Knogood. There is a $10 suggested donation upon entry, doors open at 7:30pm. See more at the Facebook Event Page

  • 5/20, F-- 7-9pm, a night of sacred sound at The Berkley (1901 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Celebrating a.j.k. o'donnell's third collection of poetry, Amaranthine. o'donnell and musician Virginia Kathryn will perform a night of sacred sounds: poetry, song, and contemplation. The event will begin with a Shabbat candle lighting, performances of poetry accompanied by music and sound, and ends with a book and merchandise signing. See full details at:

  • 5/25, W-- 6pm, the Larksong Visiting Writer's Series presents a hybrid, live and zoom, event at the Larksong Writers Place (1600 N Cotner Blvd, Lincoln) and online. Larksong's Visiting Writer's Series welcomes James Crews, poet and editor of the anthology "The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy." Joined by contributors Grace Bauer, Twyla Hansen, and Marjorie Saiser for a hybrid event live at Larksong Writers Place in Lincoln NE and on Zoom from Vermont. To register and for more information, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 5/27, F-- 7-10pm, (Subject to change as venue is moving) Open Mic Nite in North Platte at the Espresso Shop (419 N Dewey St, North Platte). Tonight features Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason. 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: 6/10, 6/24, etc.

  • 6/4, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and Open Mic debuts at The Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St, Omaha). Doors open at 7. Tonight features Zedeka Poindexter. For information and Covid protocols, see the Facebook Event Page. (1st Saturday, through September)
    -Next events: 7/2, 8/6, etc.

  • The Nebraska Poetry Society presents the Nebraska Poets Reading Series at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month in 2022. See details at: Events are online, free and open to the public:
    6/7, Heidi Hermanson
    8/2, Scott Abels; 9/6, P. Ivan Young; 10/4, Stacey Waite; 12/6, Lorraine Duggin

  • 6/11, Sa-- 11am, Hailey C Poetry is holding a slam poetry writing workshop. All ages and experience levels welcome. $5 suggested donation. It’s located at Omaha’s Valiant Studios (4383 Nicholas St, Omaha). For more information, visit

  • 6/12, Su-- 3-5pm, June Poetry Busting Out All Over at the Plaza of the Cultural Arts Center (east of St Cecilia's Cathedral, 701 North 40th St, Omaha). Heidi Hermanson reads from her new collection, Cocktails with God. Books will be available to buy and have signed.

  • 6/16, Th-- 8pm, Verbal Gumbo Reunion at the Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St, Omaha). More info TBA.

  • 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:
    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

  • 6/25, Sa-- 2-4pm, Nebraska Authors and Artists Showcase, a fun outdoor event on Seward's Courthouse Square (548 Seward St, Seward). Heidi Hermanson will read from her new collection, Cocktails with God. Books will be available to buy and have signed.

  • 6/26, Su-- 10am-3pm (at various times), Words at the Mill, an al fresco reading at the Florence Mill (9102 North 30th St, Omaha). Heidi Hermanson will read from her new collection, Cocktails with God. Books will be available to buy and have signed.

  • 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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