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December

  • 12/10, 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)

  • 12/10, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). (every Tuesday)


  • 12/11, 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)

  • 12/11, 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)

  • 12/11, 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)

  • 12/11, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 12/11, 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)


  • 12/12, Th-- 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. Brought to you by the B Side and the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival. (Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9)

  • 12/12, Th-- Deadline for students in grades 7-12 to submit their work to the Nebraska Scholastic Writing Awards. Categories include: Poetry, Critical Essay, Dramatic Script, Flash Fiction, Humor, Journalism, Novel Writing, Personal Essay and Memoir, Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Short Story. For information and to submit, go to: hastings.edu/nebraska-scholastic-writing-awards/. $7 (Fee waivers available if needed).


  • 12/13, 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).

  • 12/13, F-- 8-11pm, Nation and Friends at OutrSpaces (1258 S 13th Street, Omaha). Comedian Katie Pirruccello will be kicking off a night featuring musician Aly Peeler and spoken word artists Michelle Troxclair, Nate Scott, and Geovauni X Suluku. Nation will be performing full band. $10 suggested donation supports the artists, 8pm doors, 9pm start.


  • 12/14, 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)

  • 12/14, 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)


  • 12/16, 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)


  • 12/17, 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)

  • 12/17, Tu-- 7pm, the Imaginary Gardens Reading Series at Mr. Toad (1002 Howard St, Omaha) featuring Cat Dixon and Nathanael Tagg. 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.

  • 12/17, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). (every Tuesday)


  • 12/18, 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)

  • 12/18, 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)

  • 12/18, 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)

  • 12/18, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 12/18, 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)


  • 12/21, 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)


  • 12/23, 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)


  • 12/24?, 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)

  • 12/24?, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). (every Tuesday)


  • 12/26, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)


  • 12/27, 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).


  • 12/28, 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)

  • 12/28, 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).


  • 12/29, 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)


  • 12/30, 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)


  • 12/31?, 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)

  • 12/31?, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). (every Tuesday)

January, 2020

  • 1/2, Th-- 6-8pm, a January 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.

  • 1/4, 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)

  • 1/6, 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)

  • 1/7, 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)

  • 1/7, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). (every Tuesday)

  • 1/8, 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)

  • 1/8, 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)

  • 1/8, 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)

  • 1/8, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 1/8, 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)

  • 1/9, Th-- 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. Brought to you by the B Side and the Louder Than a Bomb: Great Plains Youth Poetry Festival. (Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9)

  • 1/10, 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).

  • 1/11, 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)

  • 1/11, 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)

  • 1/13, 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)

  • 1/14, 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)

  • 1/14, Tu-- 6:30pm, State Poet Matt Mason reads at the Broken Bow Library (626 S D St, Broken Bow).

  • 1/14, Tu-- 8pm, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). (every Tuesday)

  • 1/15, 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)

  • 1/15, 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)

  • 1/15, 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)

  • 1/15, W-- 9pm-1am, Lincoln Open Mic Night at Night Owl Pub (3233 S. 13th St, Lincoln). Poetry and music! (every Wednesday)

  • 1/15, 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)

  • 1/18, 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)

  • 1/20, 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)

  • 1/21, 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)

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

  • 1/22, 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)

  • 1/22, 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)

  • 1/22, 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)

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

  • 1/22, 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)

  • 1/23, Th-- 6-9pm, Lincoln Open Mic Night at the Gateway Mall Food Court (6100 O St, Lincoln). Poetry and music. (fourth Thursday)

  • 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-- 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).

  • 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, Open Mic at Brokedown Palace (8805 Maple St, Omaha). (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)

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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