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Listings For March, 2017

Listings After March

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

Feeback at KANEKO

John H. Ames Reading Series

Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains

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


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 Heartland Voice blog

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


February

  • 2/24, 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 and 4th Friday).

  • 2/25, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 2/25, Sa-- 7-9:30pm, Gratitude Café Writer's Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner, Lincoln). The only prime time weekend writer's night in town, with a featured reading, open mic and discussion for poets, novelists, and short story writers. (4th Saturday).

  • 2/26, Su-- 1pm, poetry reading at the Bookworm Bookstore (90th and Center, Omaha). If You Turned Around Quickly (Michael CatherwoodÕs new book from Main Street Rag) youÕll find youÕre at the Gathering Place (David WyattÕs new book from Wayne State College Press) where three Omaha poets will prove that ItÕs As Good Here As It Gets Anywhere (Greg KosmickiÕs new book from Logan House Press). So, donÕt miss it.

  • 2/27, 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)

March

  • 3/1, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 3/1, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 3/2, Th-- 6-8pm, a March Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features poets Steve Langan and Maria Nazos along with musician Jack Vespa.

  • 3/3, F-- the movie Neruda opens at Film Streams (1340 Mike Fahey St, Omaha). See information and showtimes at filmstreams.org/film/neruda/. 1 week only!

  • 3/4, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 3/4, Sa-- 6:30pm, Red Path Readers at Red Path Gallery (514 Seward St, Seward). Tonight features an evening with Sandra Mathews-Benham where she will discuss her writing, and favorite activities, then read some from her books and lead us in a short writing challenge. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 3/5, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Northwest event at Chadron Public Library (Chadron). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Charlotte Endorf (Excess Baggage - Riding the Orphan Train) and Barbara Salvatore (Big Horse Woman). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Laura Madeline Wiseman, "Write What You Feel: A Prose and Poetry Workshop on Writing Emotions," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Valentine south to Broken Bow, west to Alliance and west and north to the west and north state lines are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by February 15, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 3/6, 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)

  • 3/7, Tu-- 5:30 and 7:30pm, Opening bouts of the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (724 S 12th St, Omaha). Come see poets representing 8 area high schools compete with performance poetry in a high-energy atmosphere. Free parking for LTAB attendees in the lot north of the Bemis. More preliminary rounds 3/8 and 12 (in Lincoln) and 3/20, 21, and 26 (at UNO's Thompson Center).

  • 3/8, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 3/8, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 3/10, F-- Noon-1pm, Brown Bag Poetry Reading with Gary Dop and Matt Mason at the UNO Community Engagement Center room 116 (South of the UNO Bell Tower, Omaha). Dop, from Nebraska but now teaching at Randolph College in Virginia, is author of Father, Child, Water and Mason's latest collection is The Baby That Ate Cincinnati. Bring your lunch and enjoy. Sponsored by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 3/10, 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 and 4th Friday).

  • 3/10, 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 and 4th Friday).

  • 3/11, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 3/11, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, Teen Poetry Workshop at the Swanson branch Omaha Library (9101 W Dodge Rd, Omaha). This month's workshop is led by Virginaia poet Gary Dop. Sponsored by the Omaha Public Library, join Nebraska Writers Collective's Louder Than a Bomb coaches and visiting artists to learn from the experts. Free, aimed at teens but open to all.

  • 3/11, Sa-- 7pm, Life and Lyrics at the College of Saint Mary (Gross Hall Auditorium). Life and Lyrics is a positive voice through the art of spoken word performance. Spoken Word Artists and Vocal Artists will perform and there will be an open mic session for all ages and a Poets Q&A. Snacks, music, fun and fellowship and a TRUE word for everyone. Hosted by Tyrone Harper. $5 in advance, $7 at the door, 10 and under free.

  • 3/11, Sa-- 7:30pm, the Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at TBA. Hosted tonight by Ben Wenzl, it's the longest-running slam in Omaha, often featuring some of the best performance poets in the nation. Open mic starts at 7 followed by the slam. Hosted by Zedeka Poindexter. $5, $3 for students. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 3/13, 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)

  • 3/13, M-- 7pm, Irish poet Desmond Egan performs at Countryside Community Church (8787 Pacific St, Omaha). Egan has published more than 23 books of poetry and is founder of The Gerard Manley Hopkins Festival. This event is free and you should expect a great version of the song Danny Boy!

  • 3/15, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 3/15, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 3/16, Th-- 7-11pm, Verbal Gumbo with Withlove,Felicia and Michelle Troxclair at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). $7. 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 Foxy Troxy. (3rd Thursday)

  • 3/18, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 3/20, 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)

  • 3/22, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 3/22, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 3/24, 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 and 4th Friday).

  • 3/25, Sa-- 10am-Noon, Writing Life Stories writing workshop with Todd Robinson at Omaha Creative Institute (1516 Cuming Street Omaha). To learn more and to register, see http://www.omahacreativeinstitute.org.

  • 3/25, Sa-- 1-3pm, Omaha Writers Group at Petshop Gallery (2725 N 62nd St, Omaha). A weekly writing workshop open to the public. Bring your work and bring your friends. Every week, Gen provides coffee, snacks, and writing exercises. (every Saturday)

  • 3/25, Sa-- 7-9:30pm, Gratitude Café Writer's Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner, Lincoln). The only prime time weekend writer's night in town, with a featured reading, open mic and discussion for poets, novelists, and short story writers. (4th Saturday).

  • 3/27, 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)

  • 3/29, W-- 5:30-9pm, Nebraska Writers Workshop at the Ralston Baright Public Library Meeting Room (5555 S 77th St, Ralston). Free! 5:30pm Teens ONLY, 6pm Poetry, 6:30pm Scripting (Stage & Film), 7pm Fiction & Readings for feedback. Facilitated by Sally J. Walker. See full details at: www.nebraskawritersworkshop.info. (every Wednesday)

  • 3/29, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

Coming Up:

  • 4/2, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Northeast event at Northeast Community College (Norfolk). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Brad Kellogg and Raija Weiershauser (John & Mona Neihardt); Jerome Kills Small (Children Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories). Writers workshop 1-5pm by Lisa Kovanda, registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Ainsworth east to the Missouri River, south to Fremont and west to Berwyn are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by March 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 4/20, Th-- 7pm, Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Finals at the Holland Center (13th and Douglas Sts, Omaha). More info TBA.

  • 4/22, Sa-- 10am-Noon, Shakespeare Sonnets 101 workshop with Sarah Carlson-Brown at Omaha Creative Institute (1516 Cuming Street Omaha). To learn more and to register, see http://www.omahacreativeinstitute.org.

  • 4/26, W-- 7pm, Backwaters Press National Poetry Month reading at Gallery 1516 (1516 Leavenworth, Omaha). Free and open to the public. Enjoy desserts and drinks. Arrive early to spin our Backwaters Prize Wheel. Celebrate National Poetry Month with these three talented authors: Jen Lambert, Miles Waggener and Michael Catherwood. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 4/30, Su-- 2-5pm, National Poetry Month Ekprastic Show at Connect Gallery and Studios (3901 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Each poet picks a piece of art that speaks to them and takes a few weeks to write. Here they come back to read their work in front of the art. This event also features interpretive dance by Joan Sangimino. See more at the Facebook Event.

  • 5/7, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Southeast event at Sarpy County Museum, (Bellevue). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lucy Adkins and Marge Saiser (Poetry of Women on the Land); Ben Justman (Offutt Air Force Base History - World War II). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Margaret Lukas, "Nuts and Bolts and Beyond," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Omaha south to the Kansas Border, west to Red Cloud and north to St. Paul are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by April 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 5/26 and 27, F-- 7:30pm and Sa-- 2pm and 7:30pm, World Premiere, Stranger from Paradise: An opera drawn from the lives and work of William and Catherine Blake at Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus (2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave, ITC Building, Room 120, Omaha). Music by Nevada Jones, Libretto by Kevin Lawler. A co-production of Opera Omaha and the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the show is an exploration of the love, life and work of the prophetic artist William Blake and his wife and collaborator, Catherine. Free. See more at: http://www.gptcplays.com

  • 6/4, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Southwest event at McCook Public Library (McCook). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lorraine J. Duggin (Folktales, Folksongs, and Folk Dances of 1867 Nebraska); Karen Wyatt Drevo (Maria Rodaway: Prairie Pioneer). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Sarah Buhrman, "Throwing Rocks: Creating Obstacles in Story," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Riverton north to Wolbach south to Heartwell and south of Highways 6 and 23 west to the Colorado border are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by May 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 7/2, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Big Springs Corner event at Lincoln County Historical Museum (North Platte). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Lucy Adkins (Poetry of Women on the Land); Terry Lane (Meet Buffalo Bill). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by Twyla Hansen, Nebraska's State Poet, "Playing Around with Words: Poems, Stories, and the Creative Process," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Kearney south to Highways 6 and 23, west to the Colorado Border, north to Arthur, and east to Broken Bow are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by June 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).

  • 8/6, Su, 12:30-5pm, Six Corners of Nebraska - Panhandle Southwest event at Kimball Public Library (Kimball). Readings, Author Tables, and two special presenters: Darrel Draper (Nebraska History as Told by Peter Sarpy); Cheryl Paden (Meet Bess Streeter Aldrich). Writers Workshop 1-5pm by N.L. Sharp, "The Rim of the Prairie: A Writing Practice Marathon," registration $50.00 at nebraskawriters.org. Authors 13-25 years old from Henry east to Arthur south to Ogallala and west to the Colorado and Wyoming borders are invited to submit up to 1000 words to the "Future Great Writers of Nebraska" contest for this location by July 1, 2017. 1st Prize: $350, 2nd Prize: $200, 3rd Prize, $100. One entry per person, first thirty entries will be judged. Email to wayne.anson@gmail.com. (1st Sunday in different cities through August).



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