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January, 2020

  • 1/24, 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).


  • 1/25, 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)

  • 1/25, Sa-- NONE THIS MONTH, Gratitude Café Writer's Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner, Lincoln). This event is taking January off but will return February 29th (4th Saturday).


  • 1/26, Su-- 7pm-midnight, A Sunday Kind of Love: R&B and Poetry Open Mic Le Ventre: A Collaborative Space by The Dopest Art (1226 South 20th Street, Omaha). Hosted by Jus B For questions and inquiries about performing or being involved please contact Angela at: thedopestart@gmail.com or by messaging Le Ventre. (last Sunday)


  • 1/27, 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)


  • 1/28, 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)

  • 1/28, Tu-- 8pm-12am, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). 21 and over. (every Tuesday)


  • 1/29, 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)

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

  • 1/29, 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)

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

  • 1/29, 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)


  • 1/30, Th-- 5:30-7:30pm, Project Everlast Poetry Slam at The Bike Union (1818 Dodge St, Omaha). Featuring pieces from Project Everlast members, come watch an evening of youth poetry.


February

  • 2/1, 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)

  • 2/3, M-- 6:30pm, Open Mic Poetry Night at Council Bluffs Public Library (Meeting Room A, 400 Willow Ave, Council Bluffs, IA). Share your work or come to listen. 5 minute slots available, this event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

  • 2/3, 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)

  • 2/4, 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)

  • 2/4, Tu-- 8pm-12am, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). 21 and over. (every Tuesday)

  • 2/5, 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)

  • 2/5, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free! (every Wednesday)

  • 2/5, 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)

  • 2/5, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 2/5, 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)

  • 2/6, Th-- 6-8pm, a February 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.

  • 2/7, F-- 6-7:30pm, Zipline Poetry and Prose Pairings at Zipline Brewing Co (721 N 14th St, Omaha). Join the Zipline Pub Library and Dundee Book Co for the third edition of Poetry and Prose Pairings. Four esteemed local writers will combine to pair their work with a flight of Zipline beer: Kassandra Montag, Kevin Clouther, Chad Christensen, and Genevieve Williams. See more at the Facebook Event Page.

  • 2/7, 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).

  • 2/8, 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)

  • 2/8, Sa-- 2-3:30pm, Poetry Writing Workshop with Ohio Poet Scott Woods at Omaha's Florence Branch Library (2920 Bondesson St, Omaha). Woods' latest book is Urban Contemporary History Month (2016, Brick Cave Books), and he has been featured multiple times on National Public Radio. He appears in Omaha thanks to the Nebraska Writers Collective with help from Humanities Nebraska and the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District. Free and open to all.

  • 2/8, Sa-- 7:30pm, The Omaha Poetry Slam and open mic at OutrSpaces (1258 S. 13th Street, Omaha). This month feature Ohio poet and Prince expert Scott Woods. 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)

  • 2/9, Su-- 6-8pm, The Wakey, Wakey Poetry Slam at The Bluebarn Theatre (1106 S 10th St, Omaha). Join us for a youth poetry slam to celebrate the Bluebarn Theatre's production of "Wakey, Wakey," a play that doubles as a party. Poets will compete against one another using brand new poems written for this event, and inspired by the play. The night promises joy, laughter, and perhaps some dancing. This event is free and open to the public, but we highly recommend you catch the play before joining the fun of our poetry slam. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 2/10, 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)

  • 2/11, 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)

  • 2/11, Tu-- 8pm-12am, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). 21 and over. (every Tuesday)

  • 2/12, 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)

  • 2/12, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free! (every Wednesday)

  • 2/12, 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)

  • 2/12, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 2/12, 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)

  • 2/15, Sa-- 11am-5pm, Birds of a Feather Closing Celebration at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (3202, 724 S 12th St, Omaha). A community celebration of Omaha’s love of birds and nature featuring poetry, music, dance, visual art and more. Also, a last look at Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens: Look, it’s daybreak, dear, time to sing and Jillian Mayer: TIMESHARE in collaboration with Omaha Public Library, Nebraska Writers Collective, and more. See more at BemisCenter.org. Free and open to the public.

  • 2/15, 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)

  • 2/16, Su-- 6-9pm, Valentine's Poetry Pub Night at Vis Major Brewing (3501 Center Street, Omaha). The Omaha Poetry Slam is excited to bring a unique performance event where you will be able to order beer, cocktails, and pizza, and you'll also have the members of the Omaha Poetry Slam Team on hand to perform fresh poems tableside. See more at the Facebook Event page.

  • 2/17, 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)

  • 2/18, 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)

  • 2/18, Tu-- 8pm-12am, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). 21 and over. (every Tuesday)

  • 2/19, 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)

  • 2/19, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free! (every Wednesday)

  • 2/19, 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)

  • 2/19, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 2/19, 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)

  • 2/21, 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).

  • 2/22, 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)

  • 2/22, Sa-- NEXT WEEK, Gratitude Café Writer's Night at the Gratitude Café & Bakery (1551 N. Cotner, Lincoln). Normally on the 4th Saturday, this month goes to the 5th (2/29)!

  • 2/23, Su-- 7pm-midnight, A Sunday Kind of Love: R&B and Poetry Open Mic Le Ventre: A Collaborative Space by The Dopest Art (1226 South 20th Street, Omaha). Hosted by Jus B For questions and inquiries about performing or being involved please contact Angela at: thedopestart@gmail.com or by messaging Le Ventre. (last Sunday)

  • 2/24, 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)

  • 2/25, 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)

  • 2/25, Tu-- 8pm-12am, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). 21 and over. (every Tuesday)

  • 2/26, 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)

  • 2/26, W-- 8pm-1:30am, Aly Peeler Open Mic at the Down Under (3530 Leavenworth St, Omaha). Open to poets, musicians, and more. Free! (every Wednesday)

  • 2/26, 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)

  • 2/26, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 2/26, 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)

  • 2/27, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)

  • 2/27, Th-- 6:30pm, Framing the Flame: Art That Ignites at the Joslyn Art Museum (2200 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68102). Program begins at 6:30, cash bar at 5. In partnership with the Nebraska Writers Collective, Joslyn is pleased to welcome Matt Mason, Ryan Boyland, Gina Keplinger, Fernando Montejano, and Traci Schacht who will each present a unique piece of poetry in response to a work of art in the special exhibition, Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography. Free for Joslyn members, $5 for general admission. Space is limited, register at Joslyn.org.

  • 2/29, 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)

  • 2/29, Sa-- 7-9:30pm, A special Leap Day 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. tonight, we want readers for our Open Mic to bring along their own discards: Find something you really love that you just had to abandon for one reason or another. We will have two very special writers with us as guests: Karen Shoemaker, author of the novel The Meaning of Names is going to share something special of hers that never made it to the publisher, and one of our favorite writers, Juanita Rice, will bring something wonderful from her own personal discard pile. (4th Saturday).

Coming Up:

  • 6/12-13/20, F-Sa-- The 24th annual Buffalo Commons Storytelling and Music Festival in McCook, NE. Information coming soon at buffalocommons.org.


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