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Listings For June, 2019

Listings After June

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


May

  • 5/19, Su-- Songbirds and Storytellers presents Anissa Lennox at the Omaha Lounge (1505 Farnam St, Omaha). The amazing, multitalented Anissa Lennox takes the stage with her silky vocals, comedic stories and poetry. There will be a live band backing her up, awesome costumes and a broadway-experience awaiting you. See more at the Facebook Event page.


  • 5/20, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln) hosted by Jeff Martinson. For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)


  • 5/21, Tu-- 12-4pm, N. O. W. Group (North Omaha Writer's Group) at the Florence Branch Library (2920 Bondesson St, Omaha). This is a new group open to new members, so come join. This group will be for Poets, Fiction and Screenplay writers 19 yrs of age and up. Organized by Lillian Armstrong. Free. (every Tuesday)

  • 5/21, Tu-- 7pm, the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring Drucilla Wall and Eamonn Wall. This monthly series is run by Michael Skau and is a forum for creative writers who have published books. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 5/21, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha).


  • 5/22, 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)

  • 5/22, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 5/22, 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)

  • 5/22, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 5/22, W-- 9pm, Open Mic at American Dream (Lower Level, 7402 F St, Omaha). Poets, Comedians, whoever. American Dream is Omaha's only multi venue with a hangout bar, music hall, showgirl/stripclub, outside concert garden, and more. (every Wednesday)


  • 5/23, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)

  • 5/23, Th-- 7pm, Show and Tell StorySlam at The Sydney (5918 Maple St, Omaha). This is a fun, loose, (kind of) competitive storytelling event for adults. This month's theme is FROM SCRATCH. We want to hear your best food stories or tales of making a fresh start. Hopeful storytellers should prepare a 5- to 8-minute story to share with the crowd. See all the details at the Facebook Event page.


  • 5/24, 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).


  • 5/25, 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)

  • 5/25, 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).


  • 5/27, M-- CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln). For more information, check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)


  • 5/28, Tu-- 12-4pm, N. O. W. Group (North Omaha Writer's Group) at the Florence Branch Library (2920 Bondesson St, Omaha). This is a new group open to new members, so come join. This group will be for Poets, Fiction and Screenplay writers 19 yrs of age and up. Organized by Lillian Armstrong. Free. (every Tuesday)

  • 5/28, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha).


  • 5/29, 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)

  • 5/29, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Omaha Slam Team at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 5/29, W-- 8-10pm, Open Mic Poetry and Music feature at the Aly Peeler Open mic at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso (1624 South St, Lincoln). Signup at 7:30. See more at www.meadowlarkcoffee.org. See more at the Facebook Event page. (every Wednesday)

  • 5/29, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 5/29, W-- 9pm, Open Mic at American Dream (Lower Level, 7402 F St, Omaha). Poets, Comedians, whoever. American Dream is Omaha's only multi venue with a hangout bar, music hall, showgirl/stripclub, outside concert garden, and more. (every Wednesday)


  • 5/30, Th-- 6-8pm, Speak, Poet: Poetry at The Bay (2005 Y St, Lincoln). Open mic. (last Thursday)

June

  • 6/1, 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)

  • 6/2, Su-- 7:30pm, Tapestries at The Omaha Lounge (1505 Farnam St, Omaha). Poetry, music and fun. Get woven with our hosts Michelle Troxclair, Anissa Lennox and Michelle Eva Bleu. No cover, love donations only. See more at the Facebook Event page. (first Sunday)

  • 6/3, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln) hosted by Jeff Martinson. For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 6/4, Tu-- 12-4pm, N. O. W. Group (North Omaha Writer's Group) at the Florence Branch Library (2920 Bondesson St, Omaha). This is a new group open to new members, so come join. This group will be for Poets, Fiction and Screenplay writers 19 yrs of age and up. Organized by Lillian Armstrong. Free. (every Tuesday)

  • 6/4, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha).

  • 6/5, 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)

  • 6/5, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 6/5, 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)

  • 6/5, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 6/5, W-- 9pm, Open Mic at American Dream (Lower Level, 7402 F St, Omaha). Poets, Comedians, whoever. American Dream is Omaha's only multi venue with a hangout bar, music hall, showgirl/stripclub, outside concert garden, and more. (every Wednesday)

  • 6/6, Th-- 6-8pm, a June 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.

  • 6/8, 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)

  • 6/8, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at OutrSpaces (1258 S. 13th Street, 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. $10 Suggested Donation supports the artists and OutrSpaces. (2nd Saturday of every month)

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

  • 6/11, Tu-- 12-4pm, N. O. W. Group (North Omaha Writer's Group) at the Florence Branch Library (2920 Bondesson St, Omaha). This is a new group open to new members, so come join. This group will be for Poets, Fiction and Screenplay writers 19 yrs of age and up. Organized by Lillian Armstrong. Free. (every Tuesday)

  • 6/11, Tu-- 7pm, the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring Sarah McKinstry-Brown and Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason. This monthly series is run by Michael Skau and is a forum for creative writers who have published books.

  • 6/11, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha).

  • 6/12, 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)

  • 6/12, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 6/12, 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)

  • 6/12, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 6/12, W-- 9pm, Open Mic at American Dream (Lower Level, 7402 F St, Omaha). Poets, Comedians, whoever. American Dream is Omaha's only multi venue with a hangout bar, music hall, showgirl/stripclub, outside concert garden, and more. (every Wednesday)

  • 6/14, F-- 7pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Espresso Shoppe by Caravan (419 North Dewey St, North Platte). Tonight features Omaha poet Heidi Hermanson. Heidi is the author of Waking to the Dream, which has been described as "grit-stung, fierce and dreamy" and "balancing the quirky and the divine." 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).

  • 6/15, 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)

  • 6/17-19, M-W, Far and Away, Chadron State College's Story Catcher Summer Writing Workshop and Festival at Historic Fort Robinson (Crawford, NE). Set in the breathtaking Pine Ridge Region of Northwest Nebraska, we will gather in the historic buildings and scenic spots around Fort Robinson State Park and will lodge in the 1890 Brick Officer Quarters. Here, writers-in-residence Frank X Walker, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, and Brad Aaron Modlin will lead sessions focused on crafting and improving our writing, providing participants a chance to create new work to then share and receive personalized feedback during the retreat. See more at: outsideyourself.wordpress.com/.

  • 6/17, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln) hosted by Jeff Martinson. For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 6/18, Tu-- 12-4pm, N. O. W. Group (North Omaha Writer's Group) at the Florence Branch Library (2920 Bondesson St, Omaha). This is a new group open to new members, so come join. This group will be for Poets, Fiction and Screenplay writers 19 yrs of age and up. Organized by Lillian Armstrong. Free. (every Tuesday)

  • 6/18, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha).

  • 6/19, 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)

  • 6/19, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 6/19, 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)

  • 6/19, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 6/19, W-- 9pm, Open Mic at American Dream (Lower Level, 7402 F St, Omaha). Poets, Comedians, whoever. American Dream is Omaha's only multi venue with a hangout bar, music hall, showgirl/stripclub, outside concert garden, and more. (every Wednesday)

  • 6/20-23, 7/5 and 7, Shakespeare On The Green presents All's Well That Ends Well in Young Park (411 1/2 N Elmwood Drive). See more at nebraskashakespeare.com.

  • 6/22, 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)

  • 6/22, 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).

  • 6/24, M-- 7pm, Open Mic at the Moon, at Crescent Moon Coffee (140 N 8th St #10 Lower Level, Lincoln) hosted by Jeff Martinson. For more information, contact crescentmoon@inebraska.com and check www.crescentmooncoffee.com/. (every Monday)

  • 6/25, Tu-- 12-4pm, N. O. W. Group (North Omaha Writer's Group) at the Florence Branch Library (2920 Bondesson St, Omaha). This is a new group open to new members, so come join. This group will be for Poets, Fiction and Screenplay writers 19 yrs of age and up. Organized by Lillian Armstrong. Free. (every Tuesday)

  • 6/25, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha).

  • 6/26, 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)

  • 6/26, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free!

  • 6/26, 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)

  • 6/26, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 6/26, W-- 9pm, Open Mic at American Dream (Lower Level, 7402 F St, Omaha). Poets, Comedians, whoever. American Dream is Omaha's only multi venue with a hangout bar, music hall, showgirl/stripclub, outside concert garden, and more. (every Wednesday)

  • 6/27-30, 7/2, 3, and 6, Shakespeare On The Green presents Hamlet in Young Park (411 1/2 N Elmwood Drive). See more at nebraskashakespeare.com.

  • 6/27, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)

  • 6/27, Th-- 6-8pm, Speak, Poet: Poetry at The Bay (2005 Y St, Lincoln). Open mic. (last Thursday)

  • 6/28, 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).

  • 6/29, 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)

Coming Up:

  • 9/14, Sa-- 10am-5pm, Omaha Lit Fest 2019 Main Event at the Venue at Highlander (2120 North 30th Street, Omaha). Info TBA. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 9/22, 2pm The Ames Reading in the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room of Nebraska Authors, Bennett Martin Public Library (136 S. 14th St, Lincoln). Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason reads with poet Stacey Waite.





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