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In the News:
-For a great rundown of Omaha open mics, see: This article written by Hailey Stolze
-Opera Omaha calls for original poems by NE and IA students in grades K-12, Deadline is Nov 30: operaomaha.org

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  • 12/01, Th-- 6-7:30pm, Take Up Space-Lincoln at UNL Bailey Library (Level 2, Andrews Hall, UNL campus, Lincoln). A traveling youth open mic from the Nebraska Writers Collective for ages 13-19 on the first Thursday in Lincoln and the first Saturday in Omaha.
    -Next Lincoln events: 1/5 at the Victor E. Anderson Library (3635 Touzalin Ave), 2/2 at Larksong Writers Place (1600 N Cotner Blvd), 3/2 at the Bennett Martin Library (136 S 14th St), 5/4 at the UNL Bailey Library.

  • 12/02, F-- Noon, First Friday Reading with Hadara Bar-Nadav through Larksong Writers Place but on Zoom. Hadara Bar-Nadav is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Award from the Poetry Society of America, and other honors. Register at larksongwritersplace.org.

  • The Nebraska Poetry Society presents writing workshops on different topics, led by some wonderful poets. $35 or free to members. For more information and to register, go to: www.nepoetrysociety.org/copy-of-events-1:
    12/3, Sa-- 10am, Becca Klaver: Strange & Sublime Similes
    1/21/23, Sa-- 10am, Radha Marcum: The Poetic Line-From Breath to Perception
    2/19/23, Sa-- 10am, Toby Altman: Writing with the Image

  • 12/3, Sa-- 1pm, William Trowbridge and Friends (in person and online) at Larksong Writers Place (16-- N Cotner Blvd, Lincoln) and on Zoom. William Trowbridge will read from his latest poetry collection Call Me Fool. He will be joined by Cat Dixon, Heidi Hermanson, Jim Peterson, and Teri Youmans. Like many of Bill's readings, this is sure to be a lively literary event. Register to receive zoom link at larksongwritersplace.org. No need to register to attend in person. Free.

  • 12/03, Sa-- 6-7:30pm, Take Up Space-Omaha at Culxr House (3014 N 24th St). A traveling youth open mic from the Nebraska Writers Collective for ages 13-19 on the first Thursday in Lincoln and the first Saturday in Omaha.
    -Next Omaha events: 1/7 at Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St), 2/4 at Benson Theatre, 3/4 at Benson Theatre, 5/6 at Project Project (1818 Vinton St, Omaha).

  • 12/03, Sa-- 7pm, Bookfair and Storytime with Santa featuring poetry from UNL professors Hope Wabuke, Arden Eli Hill and Stacey Waite at Barnes and Noble (5150 O St, Lincoln). The poetry is part of a 10am-9pm fundraiser for Bluestem Montessori Elementary School. See full details at the Facebook Event page.

  • The Nebraska Poetry Society presents the Nebraska Poets Reading Series at 6:30pm on the first Tuesday of the month in 2022. See details at: nepoetrysociety.org/post/nebraska-poets-reading-series. Events are online, free and open to the public:
    12/6, Lorraine Duggin

  • 12/6, Tu-- 7-9pm, Corner's Space: Poetry Night at KANEKO (1111 Jones St, Omaha). A bi-weekly workshop designed to explore, learn, share, and grow through the poetic form. Join in the power of writing and space where new connections and self-expression are fostered. Hosted by Aspen Laboy, Chelsea Kavich, and Courtney Kilroy, made possible by KANEKO. Free, registration is required at: thekaneko.org/programs/corners-space/.
    -Next events: 12/20.

  • 12/10, 1-4pm, the annual Omaha Public Library Teen Poetry Bash at the Milton R. Abrams Library (5111 N 90th St, Omaha). Poets in grades 8-12 who are Omaha metro area residents can register and compete for cash prizes using two original poems they've written. For youth poet registration and information, go to: eventbrite.com/e/22nd-annual-teen-poetry-bash-registration-441591922327.

  • 12/15, Th-- 6-7:30pm, Third Thursdays-Voices at Larksong (1600 N Cotner Blvd, Lincoln) featuring writers and musicians. Tonight has Liz Kay, Sarah McKinstry-Brown and musician Pam Barger. See details and register at: LarksongWritersPlace.org. (Third Thursday)

  • 12/15, Th-- 8-11pm, The Red Velvet Curtain open mic at the Benson Theatre (6054 Maple St, Omaha). The Red Velvet Curtain is the extension of the long-running commitment to the Spoken Word Poetry scene that has been richly courted and supported in Omaha. Hosted by Zedeka Poindexter and Phillip Bauldwin. Help welcome all our Poets, Rappers, Storytellers, Comedians, Lyricists, Vocalists, Musicians and yes, Spoken Word Artists to the historic Benson Theatre. See more at BensonTheatre.org/.

  • 1/18, W-- 6:30pm, The Joslyn Art Museum's Art Around Town: Art and Verse at Joslyn Castle (3902 Davenport St, Omaha) with poet Fernando Antonio Montejano and Annika K. Johnson, Associate Curator of Native American Art. Free to Museum and Castle members; $10 general public. Space is limited; advanced registration recommended. Meet up with friends, Joslyn Art Museum curators, and Nebraska Writers Collective poets for a touch of art and verse at Joslyn Castle. See details at Joslyn.org.






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