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Arts Organizations

The Lincoln Arts Council

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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

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

  • 2/18, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)

  • 2/19, 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)

  • 2/20, Tu-- 7pm, Imaginary Gardens Reading at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring poets from the 2018 One Book One Nebraska selection, Nebraska Presence. This monthly series by Michael Skau features talented local poets.

  • 2/21, 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)
  • 2/21, W-- 7-9pm, The Untitled Reading: MCC Student Reading at the MCC South Campus Writing Center (Room 222, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave, Omaha). Please join us for a reading of original fiction and poetry by MCC's Creative Writing Students. There will be cookies. See more at the Facebook Event page.
  • 2/21, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 2/22, Th-- 7pm, Mike Catherwood and Twyla Hansen read at PostScript (1434 Silver Street (402.944.2625)). A super atmospheric setting, proprietor Laura Capp combines a stationary store, print shop, fine arts books and coffee house.

  • 2/23, F-- 7-9pm, Life & Lyrics Poetry Event at Mission Church (3401 Patrick Avenue, Omaha). Brought by The Grace Project and hosted by Comedian Jeremiah Safford. A portion of the proceeds will go to a family in need! So come and show your support! Tickets are on sale now! $7.00 ($10 at the door). Children 10 and under are free. See more at the Facebook event.
  • 2/23, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe by Caravan (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).
  • 2/23, F-- 9pm, The Love Down Below at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). A love variety show that delves into spoken word performances, games, raffles, food, dancing, live musical guests and other exploratory opportunities to merge the body, mind and soul creatively. It's where honest conversations about love and love expressions can take place in a safe space. $10 General Admission ($15 -$20 RSVP Limited Seating). See more at the Facebook page. (4th Friday)

  • 2/24, Sa-- 12-1pm, Wings, Poets On Air on 101.3FM Omaha radio. Listen locally or online and hear Michelle Troxclair talk with local and touring poets as they read their work and talk about local events. (every other Saturday)
  • 2/24, 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)
  • 2/24, Sa-- 7-9pm, book release reading by a.j.k. o'donnell at Urban Abbey (1026 Jackson St, Omaha). $20 (includes a copy of This Void Beckons). See more on reserving tickets at the Facebook Event page.
  • 2/24, 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).
  • 2/24, Sa-- 8pm, An Ode to Burlesque: A Tribute to Josephine Baker at Love's Jazz and Arts Center (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). A Combination of Dance, Music and Spoken Word Poetry sponsored by Verse, Inc. We are celebrating Black History Month by honoring the lives of African Americans through dance, song, poetry and music. The Harlem Renaissance, the Chitterling Circuit, the Prohibition Era all highlighted during this Verse, Inc. extravaganza.

  • 2/25, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)

  • 2/26, 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)

  • 2/27, Tu-- 7-9pm, Poetry Night hosted by City of Omaha Human Rights and Relations at the Blackburn High School auditorium (2606 Hamilton St, Omaha). Wrap up Black History Month with this event hosted by Withlove Felicia and featuring Shankeeta Newsom, Mr.Dame Poetry, Paula Bell and Tyrone Harper. There will also be open mic time.

  • 2/28, 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)
  • 2/28, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

March

  • 3/1, Th-- 6-8pm, a March Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features poets along with a musician. See more at the reading's Facebook page.

  • 3/3, 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)
  • 3/3, Sa-- 7:30pm, the (i)N o.NE Slam and Open Mic at The Hub (604 S 24th St, Omaha). The Urban Voize team invites you to come watch and/or compete in a 3-round poetry slam. $3 entry. No alcohol or drinks provided so please bring your own beverage of choice. See more at the Facebook Group. (1st Saturday)

  • 3/4, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)

  • 3/5, 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, 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)
  • 3/7, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 3/8, 15, 22, and 29, Th-- 6-7:30pm, Ekphrasis Workshop at the Joslyn Art Museum (2200 Dodge St, Omaha). Gather to enjoy time in Joslyn's galleries with other adults interested in writing poems inspired by art. Novice and experienced writers are equally welcome. Space is limited to a maximum enrollment of 10 participants; advanced reservation and full payment required: Joslyn Members $42 for the series; General Public $52 for the series. Workshop instructor Robert Klein Engler has published poems online and in print. Register at: https://www.joslyn.org.

  • 3/9, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe by Caravan (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, Sa-- 12-1pm, Wings, Poets On Air on 101.3FM Omaha radio. Listen locally or online and hear Michelle Troxclair talk with local and touring poets as they read their work and talk about local events. (every other Saturday)
  • 3/10, 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)
  • 3/10, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, 2nd Saturday Writing Workshop with Omaha Public Library and Louder Than a Bomb at the Abrahams Branch Library (5111 North 90th Street, Omaha). This month's workshop is led by Michelle Troxclair for WomenÕs History Month with a workshop called ÒDonÕt Leave Me: Using Poetry to Combat WomenÕs Abandonment IssuesÓ. (2nd Saturday, Oct-April)
  • 3/10, Sa-- 7:30pm, the Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at OutrSpaces (528 S 24th St, 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 followed by the slam. $5, $3 for students. (2nd Saturday of every month)

  • 3/11, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)

  • 3/12, M-- 6:30-8pm, book release reading by a.j.k. o'donnell at Indigo Bridge Books and Cafe (701 P St, Ste 102, Lincoln). See more at the Facebook Event page.
  • 3/12, 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, Tu-- 7 pm, Poets Sarah McKinstry-Brown and Ed Stevens will read as part of the Front Porch Poetry Series, presented by Prairie Art Brothers, at the G.W. Frank Museum of History and Culture (2010 University Drive, West Campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney, 308/865-8284). Free admission. www.prairieartbrothers.com.

  • 3/14, 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)
  • 3/14, W-- 7:30pm, UNO Writers Workshop poetry readings presents Trey Moody and Jeff Alessandrelli in the Weber Art Gallery (UNO campus). Free and open to the public.
  • 3/14, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 3/14, W-- 6-7:30pm, Louder Than a Bomb Ekphrastic Writing Night at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). Led by LTAB Core Teaching Artist Pat McEvoy, meet in the KANEKO Classroom and enjoy a night of writing based on the great exhibits in their exhibit titled Light.

  • 3/15, Th-- 8pm, the WORD- a jazz infused spoken word open mic at The Opollo Music Hall (6052 Maple Street, Omaha). A monthly spoken word night created, hosted and founded by Withlove,Felicia of the former VeRBal GuMBO & The Love Down Below. Doors open at 7:30, show kicks off 8. $10 at the door, food to purchase and Vendors, $5 CiricTails. Poetry open mic list open until 9:30. (3rd Thursday)

  • 3/16, F-- 7:30pm, Tapestries at The Omaha Lounge (1505 Farnam St, Omaha). Get woven with Poets, Spoken Word Artists, Storytellers, Songwriters, Rappers and Comedians at the most inclusive open mic in Omaha. Only with threads of different hues and textures can the most beautiful tapestries be created. Join us! $5 cover. Hosted by Anissa Lennox and Michelle Eva with DJ FoxyTroxy. See more at the Facebook Event page. (3rd Friday)

  • 3/17, 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)

  • 3/18, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)

  • 3/19, M-- 7pm, the kickoff of the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at the Sun Theatre (404 10th St, Gothenburg). 4 schools compete using their own poetry in an amazingly energetic night of poetry in performance. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.
  • 3/19, 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)

  • 3/21, 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)
  • 3/21, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 3/23, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe by Caravan (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).
  • 3/23, F-- 9pm, The Love Down Below at Omaha Rockets Kanteen (24th and Lake Sts, Omaha). A love variety show that delves into spoken word performances, games, raffles, food, dancing, live musical guests and other exploratory opportunities to merge the body, mind and soul creatively. It's where honest conversations about love and love expressions can take place in a safe space. $10 General Admission ($15 -$20 RSVP Limited Seating). See more at the Facebook page. (4th Friday)

  • 3/24, 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)
  • 3/24, 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).

  • 3/25, Su-- 2-4pm, Metaphorically Speaking Poetry Sundays at Coffee Shack (inside Mountain Gypsy Home Imports, 3215 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Hosted by Rhonda Rieck-Rush, see more at the Facebook Events page. (every Sunday)
  • 3/25, Su-- 3 and 5pm, preliminary bouts in the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at UNO's Thompson Center (6705 Dodge St, Omaha). 4 schools compete in each bout using their own poetry in an amazingly energetic night of poetry in performance. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 3/26, M-- 5:30 and 7:30pm, preliminary bouts in the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at UNO's Thompson Center (6705 Dodge St, Omaha). 4 schools compete in each bout using their own poetry in an amazingly energetic night of poetry in performance. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.
  • 3/26, 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)

  • 3/27, Tu-- 5:30 and 7:30pm, preliminary bouts in the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at UNL's Nebraska Union Auditorium (1400 R St, Lincoln). 4 schools compete in each bout using their own poetry in an amazingly energetic night of poetry in performance. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 3/28, 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)
  • 3/28, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 3/31, 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)

Coming Up:

  • 4/3, Tu-- 5:30 and 7:30pm, preliminary bouts in the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at UNO's Thompson Center (6705 Dodge St, Omaha). 4 schools compete in each bout using their own poetry in an amazingly energetic night of poetry in performance. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 4/4, W-- 5:30 and 7:30pm, preliminary bouts in the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at UNO's Thompson Center (6705 Dodge St, Omaha). 4 schools compete in each bout using their own poetry in an amazingly energetic night of poetry in performance. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 4/5, Th-- 5:30 and 7:30pm, preliminary bouts in the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at UNL's Nebraska Union Colonial Room (1400 R St, Lincoln). 4 schools compete in each bout using their own poetry in an amazingly energetic night of poetry in performance. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 4/11, W-- 7:30pm, UNO Writers Workshop poetry readings presents Marjorie Saiser and Barbara Schmitz in the Weber Art Gallery (UNO campus). Free and open to the public.

  • 4/16, M-- 5:30 and 7:30pm, Semi-Finals for the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at the Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Hall (2200 Dodge St, Omaha). 4 schools compete in each bout using their own poetry hoping to continue on to the April 24th Finals. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 4/17, Tu-- 5:30 and 7:30pm, Semi-Finals for the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival at the Joslyn Art Museum's Witherspoon Hall (2200 Dodge St, Omaha). 4 schools compete in each bout using their own poetry hoping to continue on to the April 24th Finals. See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 4/24, Tu-- 7pm, Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains team Finals at the Holland Performing Arts Center (1200 Douglas St, Omaha). See the full schedule at ltabgreatplains.org and follow events at the LTAB Facebook page. Brought to you by the Nebraska Writers Collective.

  • 6/24, Su-- 2pm, a reading from 2018 One Book One Nebraska selection Nebraska Presence at the School House Art Gallery *427 Main St, Brownville), hosted by the Brownville Fine Arts Association. See more on this One Book One Nebraska selection at onebook.nebraska.gov.





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