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Listings For October, 2018

Listings After October

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



Nebraska Dept. of Education

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

Nebraska Wesleyan Reading Series

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


September

  • 9/18, Tu-- 7pm, the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring Laura Madeline Wiseman and Dennis Etzel Jr. This monthly series is run by Michael Skau and is a forum for creative writers who have published books. See more information at the Facebook Event page.

  • 9/19, W-- 4-5:15pm, Visiting Writers Series presents JV Brummels and Marjorie Saiser in Hawk's Landing (Northeast Community College Student Center, Norfolk). See more at the Facebook Event page.
  • 9/19, 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)
  • 9/19, W-- 7:30pm, The UNO Writers Workshop Reading Series presents poet Todd Robinson in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery (UNO campus, Omaha). See details at the series' Facebook Group page.
  • 9/19, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 9/19, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 9/19, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 9/20-23, Th-Su-- Write On The River with Karen Gettert Shoemaker and Teri Youmans Grimm at the River Inn B&B (Brownville). If you're looking for inspiration and community, join us for a weekend writing workshop on a floating inn on the Missouri River in historic Brownville. The weekend will include craft talks and conversation, writing time and writing guidance, all focused on helping each participant expand skills and open up to the possibilities of the writing life. Meals and lodging included. See details at karenshoemaker.com.

  • 9/21, F-- 6-8pm, Food!Art!Poetry! at Pepe's Kitchen (1311 South 11th St, Lincoln). Kat Wiese will be presenting new works hot off the press, drawings, and live poetry accompanied by poet/musician Jewel Rodgers at the delicious Pepe's Bistro. Kat will give a short artist talk shortly after 6pm followed by a set of poems and songs by Jewel. Menu to be announced. See more at the Facebook Event page.
  • 9/21, F-- 7-10:55pm, Queer Open Mic at OutrSpaces (1258 S 13th St, Omaha). Omaha Poetry Slam and OutrSpaces present a Queer Open Mic for the changing of the seasons. Poets from LGBTQ+ identities are encouraged to sign up and share their work. Open mic performers are welcome to share poetry, music, whatever moves them. A $10 Suggested donation supports the artists and OutrSpaces. Signup and doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30. We will also have a feature set from touring poets Nate Mask Poetry and Ryan J. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 9/22, Sa-- 10am-2pm, Literary Loess at Waubonsie State Park, Hamburg, IA. Local and regional authors and producers will be making connections between the Landscape, Literature and Local Foods at the Wa-shaw-tee Lodge at Waubonsie State Park. Producers will have local food samples and Authors will be featuring excerpts from their books at various intervals throughout the time frame. A Hike & Write at Waubonsie with Jack Phillips will be held afterwards. See details at the Facebook Event page.
  • 9/22, 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)
  • 9/22, Sa-- 7-9:30pm, Gratitude Café Writer's Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner, Lincoln). Tonight features author Karen Shoemaker. 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).

  • 9/24, 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)

  • 9/26, 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)
  • 9/26, W-- 6pm, "The Path," Painting With Poetry at the Lauritzen Gardens (100 Bancroft Street, Omaha). Richard Longwith has had a life-long love of art and poetry. In his workshops he will take participants on a journey to discover their own unique talents using acrylic paints to produce art based on the poetry he brings to the class. Leave all your stress behind and join Richard as he leads the class in a gentle, "Bob Ross-like" way. To register and find more information, go to lauritzengardens.org.
  • 9/26, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 9/26, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 9/26, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 9/27, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)
  • 9/27, Th-- 6-8pm, Speak, Poet: Poetry at The Bay (2005 Y St, Lincoln). (last Thursday)
  • 9/27, Th-- 8-10pm, September Poetry Slam featuring Omaha NPS Team at UNL Nebraska Unions (1400 R St, Lincoln). Come watch or participate in the first poetry slam of the semester. This month, members of the Omaha Poetry Slam team who competed at the national poetry slam in Chicago this past August will feature. Slam follows, open to all UNL students to compete and anyone to watch. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 9/28, 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).
  • 9/28, F-- 9pm, The Love Down Below at Love's Jazz and Art Center (2510 N 24th St, 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)

  • 9/29, 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)
  • 9/30, Su-- 1-2pm, Miles + Todd World Tour at the Bookworm Bookstore (2501 S 90th St, Ste 111, Omaha). Poets Miles Waggener and Todd Robinson read from their latest books and generally strive to amuse and enlighten. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 9/30, Su-- 2-5pm, An Afternoon with A.J.K. O’Donnell at Outrspaces (1258 South 13th Street, Omaha). $25 includes a signed copy of This Void Beckons, 1 hour early entrance, appetizers, open bar, never-before-heard readings, and a surprise announcement. See more at the Facebook Event page.

October

Event of the Month: Author Roxane Gay at UNL on 10/4

  • 10/1, 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)

  • 10/3, 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)
  • 10/3, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 10/3, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)
  • 10/3, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)

  • 10/4, Th-- 6-8pm, an October Evening at Mo Java (48th and St Paul, Lincoln). This month features poets along with a musician TBA. See more at the reading's Facebook page.
  • 10/4, Th-- 7pm, author Roxane Gay reads at UNL (Nebraska Union building, Centennial Room, 14th and R Sts, Lincoln). Roxane Gay is an openly bisexual Nebraska alumni and award winning author. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, the nationally bestselling Difficult Women and the New York Times bestselling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

  • 10/6, 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)

  • 10/7, Su-- 7:30pm, Tapestries at The Omaha Lounge (1505 Farnam St, Omaha). Poetry, music and fun. No cover, love donations only. See more at the Facebook Event page. (first Sunday)

  • 10/8, 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)

  • 10/10, 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)
  • 10/10, W-- 6-8pm, Lettuce Turnip The Beet at the The B Side of Benson Theatre (6058 Maple St, Omaha). An open mic and poetry slam for high school and junior high poets to read and for everyone to come enjoy. Brout to you by the B Side and the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival. (2nd Wednesday)
  • 10/10, W-- 7:30pm, The UNO Writers Workshop Reading Series presents poet Jericho Brown in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery (UNO campus, Omaha). See details at the series' Facebook Group page.
  • 10/10, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 10/10, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)
  • 10/10, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)

  • 10/12, 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).

  • 10/13, 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)
  • 10/13, Sa-- 1:30-3:30pm, 2nd Saturday Writing Workshop with Omaha Public Library and Louder Than a Bomb at the Swanson Branch Library (9101 W Dodge Rd, Omaha). This month's workshop is led by Nepali poet and organizer Ujjwala Maharjan. (2nd Saturday, Oct-April)
  • 10/13, Sa-- 5-7pm, POE-try Contest at Joslyn Castle (3902 Davenport St, Omaha). Join us for an evening of POE-try created by local POE-ts, and inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. We issued a challenge to the public to create a piece that is influenced by the language, subjects, rhythm, or tone of the one and only master of mystery and macabre. The finalists will discuss their creative process and deliver their pieces in front of an audience in our Music Room. Free and open to the public. Joslyn Castle bar will be open, so bring cash. A performance of "Tales of Poe" will follow at 7:30pm, and reservations are required for this portion of the evening. See more at joslyncastle.com.
  • 10/13, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at OutrSpaces (1258 S. 13th Street, Omaha). Tonight features Nepali poet and organizer Ujjwala Maharjan. It's the longest-running slam in Omaha, often featuring some of the best performance poets in the nation (and, tonight, other nations!). Open mic starts at 7 followed by the slam. $10 Suggested Donation supports the artists and OutrSpaces. (2nd Saturday of every month)
  • 10/13, Sa-- 8pm, An Evening With Marcey Yates at the at B Side of Benson Theater (6058 Maple St, Omaha). Rapper, Spoken Word Artist, Music Producer, Businessman, Marcey Yates (aka Op2mus) brings his hard-hitting verbiage. This mashup includes the cellist Maurisa Mansaray and Mistress of the strings Heather Horst accompanying Marcey. Tickets are $10. Presale can be found at verseinc.org.

  • 10/15, 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)

  • 10/17, 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)
  • 10/17, W-- 7:30pm, The UNO Writers Workshop Reading Series presents fiction writer Amina Gautier in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery (UNO campus, Omaha). See details at the series' Facebook Group page.
  • 10/17, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 10/17, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 10/17, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 10/20, Sa-- 11am-3pm, Feedback: Writing Behind Bars-Writers on Creativity & Teaching in Lockdown at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). Working writers, Jim Reese and Nicholas Bell are using writing to give prisoners an outlet for expression. Through creative writing workshops at local and federal prisons, Jim Reese and Nicholas Bell are amplifying the voices of inmates and helping them see the written word as a legitimate power, preparing them to effectively re-enter society. Readings from both Reese and Bell at 11am, break for lunch at noon, reconvene at 1pm for an interactive writing workshop. See more at the Facebook Event page. Brought to you by KANEKO and the Nebraska Writers Collective.
  • 10/20, 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)

  • 10/22, 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)

  • 10/24, 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)
  • 10/24, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 10/24, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 10/24, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 10/25-27, Th-Sa-- the John R. Milton Writers' Conference at the University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD). The 2018 conference theme, “This Lonely Frontier: Exploring Boundaries of Space, Identity, and Genre,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of Milton’s poetry collection This Lonely House (1968). We are excited to confirm Percival Everett, Ellen Forney, Karen Salyer McElmurray and Erika Wurth as keynote and featured authors. In addition, Ellen Forney will deliver a workshop on creating comics, and the conference will feature readings by USD’s Department of English faculty Duncan B. Barlow, Leah McCormack and Lee Ann Roripaugh. See more at www.usd.edu.

  • 10/25, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)

  • 10/25, Th-- 6-8pm, Speak, Poet: Poetry at The Bay (2005 Y St, Lincoln). (last Thursday)

  • 10/26-27, F-Sa-- the MCC Creative Writing Forum at Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha Campus. Get the opportunity to see Morgan Parker, author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, one of Oprah Magazine's 10 Best Books of 2017. This event promotes original, inspired writing in our College and community, as well as showcase the work of accomplished authors from across Nebraska and beyond. The forum will include sessions from keynote presenter, Morgan Parker, and three additional headliners, Teresa Dzieglewicz, Jerome Kills Small and Stacey Waite. Registration required. See more at mccneb.edu/writingforum.

  • 10/26, 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).

  • 10/27, 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)
  • 10/27, Sa-- 2:30-6:30pm, Celebration of Nebraska Books at the Nebraska History Museum (131 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln). The winners of the 2018 Nebraska Book Awards will read from their winning books and sign copies of their books. The Celebration will also feature poetry readings in honor of the 2018 One Book One Nebraska book selection, Nebraska Presence: An Anthology of Poetry. See more at centerforthebook.nebraska.gov.
  • 10/27, 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).

  • 10/29, M-- 6pm, "The Life of a Tree," Painting With Poetry at the Lauritzen Gardens (100 Bancroft Street, Omaha). Richard Longwith has had a life-long love of art and poetry. In his workshops he will take participants on a journey to discover their own unique talents using acrylic paints to produce art based on the poetry he brings to the class. Leave all your stress behind and join Richard as he leads the class in a gentle, "Bob Ross-like" way. To register and find more information, go to lauritzengardens.org.
  • 10/29, 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)

  • 10/31, 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)
  • 10/31, W-- 7:30pm, The UNO Writers Workshop Reading Series presents nonfiction writer Sonja Livingston in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery (UNO campus, Omaha). See details at the series' Facebook Group page.
  • 10/31, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!
  • 10/31, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. (every Wednesday)
  • 10/31, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

Coming Up:

  • 11/5, M-- 7-8pm, MCC Writing Center Reading Series: Lisa Fay Coutley in Building #23, room 213 (Writing Center) (Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha Campus, N 30th St at Fort St, Omaha). See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 11/7, W-- 7:30pm, The UNO Writers Workshop Reading Series presents fiction writer Joshua Ferris in the Weber Fine Arts Gallery (UNO campus, Omaha). See details at the series' Facebook Group page.

  • 11/9-10, F-Sa-- The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up at OutrSpaces (1258 S. 13th Street, Omaha) and TBA. The Great Plains Poetry Pile-Up is a poetry slam where poets from around the country compete for prizes in preliminary poetry bouts of 12 poets each (7pm 11/9 and 3pm 11/10) and 5 poets from each bout go on to the Finals (11/10, 7pm). All are welcome to attend! For more information and for poets to register, see the Facebook Event page.

  • 11/13, Tu-- 7pm, the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring Todd Robinson and Heidi Hermanson. This monthly series is run by Michael Skau and is a forum for creative writers who have published books.

  • 11/14, W-- 7pm, Harvest of Words, Monsignor Graham Cultural Center (east of St Cecelia Cathedral). Heidi Hermanson will be reading from her first collection of poetry, "Waking to the Dream," which has been described as "grit-stung, fierce and dreamy" and "[a work] that balances the quirky and the divine". Heidi is a first-generation Nebraskan who earned her MFA in 2008.

  • 11/25, Su-- 6:30-8pm, Andrea Gibson: Lord of the Butterflies Reading at Indigo Bridge Books & Cafe ( 701 P Street, Suite 102, Lincoln). Indigo is excited to host poet Andrea Gibson for a reading and signing as a part of their national tour for their new book, Lord of the Butterflies. See more at indigobridgebooks.com.

  • 2/28/19, Th-- 1pm, Plains Writers Series at Wayne State College (Humanities Bldg Lounge, Wayne). Featuring poet Heidi Hermanson and other writers TBA.





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