The Poetry Menu

The Poetry Menu makes event information available to daily and weekly newspapers as well as to a mailing list for poetry fans, so consider this a good, free resource for your events... Omaha poetry, Lincoln poetry, Scottsbluff, Kearney, Wayne, Norfolk, it's all here. Only your help can make this source work. We can't find all the poetry information ourselves, so Please send email with additions, changes, comments, and suggestions to poetrymenu@googlegroups.com.

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Listings For April, 2015

Listings After April

About the Poetry Menu

How to Submit Events

Donation Info


Arts Organizations

The Lincoln Arts Council

The Nebraska Arts Council

Nebraska Center for the Book

Humanities Nebraska

the Nebraska Writers Collective

Nebraska Writers Guild

Nebraskans For The Arts


Poetry Resources

American Life in Poetry: A column by Ted Kooser

The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska City


The Nebraska Center for Writers



The Nebraska Library Commission

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival

The Neihardt State Historic Site

Omaha Public Library


Series and Festivals

the Clean Part Reading Series

The (downtown) omaha lit fest

John H. Ames Reading Series

Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains

Naked Words open mic

The Nebraska Book Festival

the no name reading series

OM Center Poetry Events:
OmahaSlam.com

The Plains Writers Series

Tuesdays With Writers

Wayne State College Poetry Slams

Wednesday Words


Presses


The Backwaters Press

Bradypress

Logan House Press

University of Nebraska Press

Nebraska Territory Review

WSC Press and WSC Press Facebook


Independent Bookstores

A Novel Idea Bookstore

The Bookworm bookstore

Indigo Bridge Books


Blogs/Artist Info

The H.U.N. Poets

Blog of the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors

MidVerse.com

The Plains Song Review blog

Prairie Moon Reading & Music News (Lincoln-area readings)

Pseudo Poseur Productions

The Wordsmiths


National Poetry Resources

For US and worldwide poetry listings, go to The Poetry Kit


Poetryslam.com


March

  • 3/28, Sa-- 7pm, Poetry Night at Sozo Coffehouse (1314 Jones St, Omaha). Sozo has been showcasing local talent on their stage for sixth months. Sozo's stage and audience have been begging for a poetry night. This is that poetry night! If you recite, write or enjoy poetry you want to help this up! Come enjoy some brew and listen to creativity in the heart of the Old Market on a Saturday night. Free.

  • 3/28, Sa-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe (419 North Dewey St, North Platte). It's a fun, funny, widely varied group. Poems can be short or long, funny or touching, rhymed or free verse. Musicians too. George Lauby of The North Platte Bulletin emcees and makes you feel comfortable. (2nd Friday, 4th Saturday).

  • 3/29, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 3/30, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln) featuring Greg Kosmicki. For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

National Poetry Month (AKA: April)

  • 4/1, W-- 7pm, poets Michael Skau and Steve Langan read at UNO's Fine Arts Gallery (UNO campus).

  • 4/3, F-- 7:30-10pm, Wingmakers Book Launch Party and Rite of Spring Poetry Reading at House of Loom (1012 S 10th St, Omaha). Come celebrate the release of Brity Cordera (Doane)'s Wingmakers published by Pinyon. In addition, the night features the incredible work of Todd Robinson, Otis XII, Natasha Kessler-Rains, and Britny. See more at The Facebook Eent Page. This event is free and open to the public.

  • 4/6, M-- 7-9pm, (New night this month only) TAPESTRIES at Carver Bank (2416 Lake St, Omaha). A showcase featuring 4 poets, spoken word artists, storytellers and rappers performing conscious edutaining original sets. (1st Sunday).

  • 4/5, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 4/6, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 4/7, Tu-- 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Semi-Final bouts for Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains at the Durham Museum (801 South 10th St, Omaha). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/7, Tu-- 7pm, Tuesdays with Writers at The South Mill (4736 Prescott, just west of 48th and Prescott, Lincoln). Featured readers TBA. There is an open mic following the feature. For more information, contact Deborah McGinn at dmcginn@lps.org (1st Tuesday of the month)

  • 4/8, W-- 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Semi-Final bouts for Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains at the Joslyn Art Museum (2200 Dodge St, Omaha). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/8, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

  • 4/10, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe (419 North Dewey St, North Platte). It's a fun, funny, widely varied group. Poems can be short or long, funny or touching, rhymed or free verse. Musicians too. George Lauby of The North Platte Bulletin emcees and makes you feel comfortable. (2nd Friday, 4th Saturday).

  • 4/11, Sa-- 6:30pm, the Second Unitarian Church's Live and Silent Auction featuring poet and musician Jim Coppoc (3012 S 119th St, Omaha). Free, RSVP and see more information at: www.2uomaha.org.

  • 4/11, Sa-- 7:30pm, the OM Center Poetry Slam and open mic (1216 Howard, Omaha). It's the longest-running slam in Omaha, often featuring some of the best performance poets in the nation. Open mic starts at 7:30 followed by the slam; sign up BEFORE 7:30 as signup is limited. Hosted by Zedeka Poindexter. $7 suggested donation. Call 402/345-5078 or go to OmahaSlam.com for more information. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 4/12, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 4/13, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 4/15, W-- 6pm, poet and novelist Darlyn Finch Kuhn will sign and read from her debut novel Sewing Holes (Twisted Road Publications, $13.95) at The Bookworm Bookstore (90th and Center Sts, Omaha). A pained, and sometimes funny, love letter to friends, faith and family, Sewing Holes tells the story of Tupelo Honey Lee, a headstrong girl struggling to find her place in the world. Darlyn's poetry has appeared in magazines and literary journals and has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac.

  • 4/15, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

  • 4/16, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Felicia Webster and Michelle Troxclair at House of Loom (1012 S. 10th St., Omaha). $5, all ages until 9pm, 21+ after. Crabby about the political climate? Want some okra change? Just want to discuss your relationshrimps--or the andouille sausage in your life? Well, Verbal Gumbo is here with some hot, spicey flava with a side o' rice and rhythm. This is the Spoken Word event that promotes our rich diversity of culture and style. Soul session immediately following by DJ Real. (3rd Thursday)

  • 4/19, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 4/20, M-- 7pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains finals at the Holland Performing Arts Center (1200 Douglas St, Omaha). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/20, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 4/21, Tu-- 7pm, the Lincoln Poet Tree Slam at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). (3rd Tuesday)

  • 4/22, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

  • 4/25, Sa-- the Nebraska Book Festival at the UNO Community Engagement Center (UNO campus, just south of the Bell Tower). More details soon. This event organized by the Nebraska Center for the Book.

  • 4/25, Sa-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe (419 North Dewey St, North Platte). It's a fun, funny, widely varied group. Poems can be short or long, funny or touching, rhymed or free verse. Musicians too. George Lauby of The North Platte Bulletin emcees and makes you feel comfortable. (2nd Friday, 4th Saturday).

  • 4/26, Su-- 6pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Coach Showcase at the Shelterbelt Theatre (3225 California St, Omaha). Tonight features five coaches working with Louder Than a Bomb teams. For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 4/26, Su-- 9pm-1:30am, it's Shoot Your Mouth Off at The Shark Club (2808 S 72nd St, Omaha). Online sign ups on our FB 24/7 for priority stage time: facebook.com/Shootyourmouthoff. Check myspace.com/shootyourmouthoff for interviews with features and more information. Mandy Morgan and Jim Morrison will be your hosts as open mic poetry and comedy, featured readers from Omaha's slam scene and free drinks prizes await you. The best free show in Omaha! (every Sunday)

  • 4/27, M-- 6pm, The ROUX at Love's Jazz and Art Center (2510 N 24th St, Omaha). The ROUX is a youth spoken and expressive open mic that allows young people under 21 to freely express themselves in a safe place with community love and support. The baby to VeRBal GuMBo the ROUX offers an opportunity for young people to share their work, learn how to host or greet, because it is youth run. $1. Donations are always appreciated ($ or snack items).

  • 4/27, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 4/29, W-- 7pm, The Backwaters Press presents Brent Spencer and Jonis Agee at the UNO Community Engagement Center (UNO campus, south of the Bell Tower). Reading is free and open to the public. See the Facebook Event Page for more details.

  • 4/29, W-- 8pm-12am, Acoustic Open Mic for musicians and poets at Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Hosted by Spencer. For more information call 402-477-2007. (every Wednesday)

Coming Up:

  • 5/2, Sa-- 7pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains individual finals at the UNL Student Union Colonial Room (14th and R Sts, Lincoln). For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.

  • 5/3, Su-- 6pm, The Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Coach Showcase at the Shelterbelt Theatre (3225 California St, Omaha). Tonight features five coaches working with Louder Than a Bomb teams. For more information on Louder Than a Bomb, see: LTABGreatPlains.org.



Many thanks to the Nebraska Center for Writers for providing most of the poet information linked to from here. They are an outstanding resource for information about writers.



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