Calendar of events
Dates, locations, and times are subject to change. Some workshops or
events may charge a fee.
Contact us to submit your event.
Upcoming in 2016
- December 1, 2016
Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train,
Valley, NE. 2:00 p.m. Valhaven Health and Rehab. Charlotte Endorf traveled more than 15,000 miles, seeking the last surviving riders
and descendants to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929.
Dressed in period attire, she entertains and educates audiences of all ages about this little known Nebraska history.
- December 3, 2016
Teen Poetry Bash,
Omaha, NE. 1:30-3:30 p.m. W. Dale Clark Main Library, Michael Phipps Gallery. Join us for the 16th annual Teen Poetry Bash! Bring two of your original poems
to perform as slam poetry or read aloud. Top scoring entrants will pass the first round to be eligible for the cash grand prizes.
Featuring Louder Than a Bomb coaches from Nebraska Writers’ Collective as the judges and emcees. Must be in grades 8-12. Space is limited to 40 entries. Registration is requested,
but walk-in entries may be accepted if space allows.
- December 3, 2016
Maria Rodaway: Prairie Pioneer,
Wahoo, NE. 2:00 p.m. Saunders County Museum, 240 N. Walnut St. Presented by Karen Wyatt Drevo, a librarian at Norfolk Public Library.
Her life-long interest in her family history was sparked by the family stories told by her grandmothers.Maria (portrayed by her great-great
granddaughter in period attire) looks back at her life as a prairie pioneer
in Otoe County, Neb., where she homesteaded in 1867.
- December 6, 2016
A Bad Man in a Better Place: Jesse James in Nebraska,
Kearney, NE. 6:00 p.m. Kearney Public Library. Western history author and lecturer Jeff Barnes brings the life and legend
of the notorious Jesse James to patrons of the Kearney Public Library. His presentation covers the outlaw and his family’s
several visits to the Cornhusker State, from the 1860s until just before his assassination in 1882. This program is free and open to the public.
- December 10, 2016
Author Signing: Joe Starita,
Omaha, NE. 1:00 p.m. The Bookworm. Joe Starita will sign A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor.
This is the story of an Indian woman who effectively became the chief of an entrenched patriarchal tribe, the story of a woman who crashed through thick walls of ethnic, racial and gender
prejudice, then spent the rest of her life using a unique bicultural identity to improve the lot of her people physically, emotionally, politically, and spiritually.
- December 11, 2016
Sunday at the Museum with Author Tim Anderson,
Bancroft, NE. 2:00-3:30 p.m. John G. Neihardt State Historic Site. Neihardt Foundation Board Member and author Timothy Anderson
will discuss his writing process and read selections from his book, Lonesome Dreamer: The Life of John G. Neihardt,
recently published by the University of Nebraska Press.
- December 15, 2016
Lincoln, NE. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Ploughshare Brewing Company, 1630 P Street. Join the Cather
community for some locally-made beer, pie, and conviviality. Show your support for
the great work of the Willa Cather Foundation. Enter a raffle to win some great Cather and Ploughshare swag.
Contact us to submit your December 2016 event.
- Acoustic Open Mic
Lincoln, NE. Wednesdays, 8 pm - 12 am, at
Meadowlark Coffee & Espresso, 1624 South St. For musicians and poets. Hosted by Spencer. Call 402-477-2007 for more information.
- F Street Writers Workshop
Lincoln, NE. At the F Street Community Center. Humor, flash-fiction,
romance. With Terrance Oberst, facilitator. Contact Terrance,
terranceoberst (at) gmail (dot) com for more information.
Lincoln City Libraries Book Talks and Book Discussion Groups
Lincoln, NE. Includes Books Talk at Bethany and Gere branches,
Courtyard Book Chats in the Garden, Just Desserts Mystery Discussion
Group, and Great Books Reading and Discussion Group.
- Lunch at the Library
Lincoln, NE. 12:10 pm, 1st Wednesday. Bring your lunch and enjoy
coffee provided by The Mill. Sponsored by Nebraska Literary Heritage
Association, support group for the Jane Pope Geske Heritage for
Nebraska Authors. At Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th & N
Streets. For more information: heritage (at) lincolnlibraries.org.
- Nebraska Romance Writers
Lincoln, NE. Last
Tuesday, with a few special exceptions. Unless
otherwise noted, meetings are held at the Lincoln City Libraries Gere
generally feature several mini-workshops on motivation, craft, or a
potpourri presentation designed to inspire our writing members.
no name reading series
Lincoln, NE. 4pm; Sept. 6 & 27; Oct. 18; Nov. 1 & 22; Jan. 10 & 24,
2013; Feb. 7 & 21; Mar. 21; April 11. Run by the
graduate students in the UNL English department, the series aims to
support the creative talent that comes out of the department by
promoting that talent throughout the greater Lincoln community. At
Zen's Lounge, 122 N. 11th St. Contact Jason at jason.hertz (at)
huskers.unl.edu for more information.
One Book One Lincoln
Lincoln, NE. Various activities. Inviting Lincoln to read and
discuss the same book. Become a
- Open Mic Night
Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m., Lincoln, NE. Open Mic night for Singer/Songwriters, Slam Poets, and Stand Ups. Hosted by Susan Steele and Aimless Entertainment. To pre-register to perform, email treynolds [at] AimlessEntertainment.com. At
Alley, 1031 M Street.
- Park Teen Center Underground Open Mike Coffeehouse Night
Lincoln, NE. Last Thursday of the month, 7 - 8:30 pm. Open mic/slam poetry/hot cocoa/coffee/acoustic music
for Grades 8-12 at Park School (855 S 8th St., basement). Call 402-441-9471 for more information.
- Poet Show It Lincoln, NE. 1st
and 3rd Wednesdays, 8 pm. Local writers come and read. Local people come and drink.
Coffee, booze, poetry, fiction. Discovery. At 1122 D St.
Crescent Moon Readings Series Lincoln, NE.
Mondays, 7 pm. They offer the microphone to anyone who has
written poetry, stories, or songs and wishes to have the opportunity
to share them.
Contact crescentmoon (at) inebraska.com for more information. At
Crescent Moon Coffee, 816 P St.
- Smash Teeth Poetry Slam
Lincoln, NE. 2nd Wednesday, 7 pm. With Oracle Jones and Ryley G. At
(218 N St). 21 and over.
SP CE Lincoln, NE.
Every Saturday, 2 pm. Writing group. At
SP CE. 2nd floor of the 14th and
O building, northeast corner. Go up the stairs next to Novel Idea
Tuesdays with Writers
Lincoln, NE. 1st Tuesday, 7 pm, at the South Mill, 4736 Prescott.
Featured speaker. Open mic follows. Contact Deborah McGinn,
dmcginn (at) lps (dot) org for more information.
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- 2nd Saturday Poetry Workshop
Omaha, NE. Meets monthly, 1 - 3 pm, at various branches of the Omaha
Public Library. This monthly workshop is open to all ages and will
work in crafting spoken word poetry. Presented by Omaha Public
Library and the Nebraska Writers Collective.
- FEATURED EVENT
Beaux Arts at Brewsky's
Omaha, NE. Meets 2nd Thursdays, 7 - 10 pm, at Brewsky's, 8528 Park Dr.
Every second Thursday of the month,
Brewsky’s will host a local author, artist or artisan, and musician
who will share about their craft.
- GET LIT with Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre Fridays, 6:30
pm. Omaha, NE. actors will give vivid voice to
animate readings that traverse all the genres of
literature. GET LIT! will begin with some brief
background on the authors and stories and
introductions of the actors. The readings will run
less than an hour, and will be followed by some
sprightly discussion for those in the mood. Designed
as an informal but satisfying after-supper
interlude, it will deliver a whimsical and unique
wind-down from the work week/wind-up for the
weekend. The selections for each Friday will be
announced a week in advance on posters at the
Bookworm, via Brigit email, and at Bridgit’s website
At The Bookworm, 8702
- Lil Divas Book Club for Teens
Omaha, NE. Meets monthly, 2 - 4 pm, at the Charles B. Washington Branch of the Omaha Public Library.
Come join a book club especially for African American girls! Each
month we’ll sample another hot young adult urban fiction title. Join
us for food, friends and fun! E-mail Russ Harper at
rharper (at) omahalibrary (dot) org
- The Midwest Poetry Vibe
Omaha, NE. Wednesdays, 9 pm - 1 am, at
Arthur’s, 8025 W. Dodge Rd.
One of the most diverse events in the Midwest, come feel the vibe.
Poetry, the latest R&B and Neosoul music, live performances, a
different concert DVD of a national artist, food and drink specials,
and much more. Presented by Versatile Entertainment Group, Inc.
Writer's Workshop at
Omaha, NE. 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 pm, at
Scooters Coffeehouse, 9229 Mormon Bridge Plaza. Meet other writers, workshop
your projects, and give feedback to creative individuals. Sponsored by
Writer's Workshop Reading Series
Omaha, NE. For going on 40 years, the Writer's Workshop Reading
Series at UNO has featured free public readings and discussions by
nationally renowned authors. Authors offer fascinating information
about their own books and expertise on the craft of writing itself.
Afterward, they will be available to sign books, which may be
purchased on site.
Traditionally held in the fall.
- Naked Words Open Mike
Omaha, NE. 1st Wednesday, 6 - 8 pm. Poetry, frivolty, the occasional
Pop-Tart. Hosted by Heidi Hermanson. At
Soul Desires, 1026 Jackson
St. Email Heidi,
prairie (dot) sky (at) gmail (dot) com for more
Omaha Healing Arts Center Poetry Slam
Omaha, NE. Year-round, 2nd Saturday of each month, doors open at 7
pm, at the
Omaha Healing Arts Center in the Old Market. Open mic and slam. Join their
- Open Mic at Aroma's
Omaha, NE. Last Saturday, 7 - 9:30 pm. For musicians, poets, any and
all. Come in and talk to Leslie (the dude with the beard) or Becks
(the redhead) behind the counter to sign up. 20 minute time slots
are allotted, unless the night is slow. Then they will be longer. At
1033 Jones St. Visit the Aromas Coffeehouse
PROVOKE! Spoken Word Omaha, NE. 1st
Monday, 7 - 9 pm. Open mic hosted
by Jack Hubbell; it’s the poetic equivalent to that sharp pointy
stick your mom always warned you about. At the
Pizza Shoppe Collective.
- Shoot Your Mouth Off III
Omaha, NE. Tuesdays, 9 pm sign-up, 9:30 pm start, at The Hideout,
320 S 72nd St, 402-504-4434.
“An evening of poetry, comedy and chaos the way it was meant to be
seen: in a bar with 50 of your closest friends!”
Verbal Gumbo 7 - 11 pm. Omaha, NE.
3rd Thursday. Crabby about the political climate? Want some okra
change? Just want to discuss your relationshrimps– or the andouille
sausage in your life? Well, Verbal Gumbo is here with some hot,
spicey flava with a side o’ rice and rhythm. This is the spoken word
event that promotes our rich diversity of culture and style. At
House of Loom,
1012 S. 10th St.
Omaha, NE. 2nd Wednesday, 11:45 am - 1 pm. An ongoing reading series
recognizing award-winning writers from Nebraska, including
Arts Council's Individual Artist Fellowships in Literature
your lunch and enjoy the show. At KANEKO's
1111 Jones St.
Writelife Open Mic Omaha, NE. Last Monday. 7 pm. At the
Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.
Writelife Workshops Omaha, NE. 1st
and 3rd Thursdays, 6:30 pm. At the
Pizza Shoppe Collective, 6056 Maple St.
- X Poetry CommUNITY, Open Mic
Omaha, NE. 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 4 - 5:45 pm, at The Spot,
Charles B. Washington Branch Library, 2868 Ames Ave,
402-444-4849. For teens, tweens, and all ages. Open mic event with
occasional features. Contact prahduct at
productoftha88 (at) yahoo (dot) com or 402-659-8353 for more information.
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- Animanga Club
Council Bluffs, NE. Meets every other Thursday, 3:30-5 pm, at the Council Bluffs Public Library,
400 Willow Ave. Call 712-323-7553 for details.
Geocaching the Literary Map of Nebraska
Statewide. Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called
geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online.
Nebraska Writers Workshop
Ralston, NE. Wednesdays, 5:30 - 9 pm, at the Baright Public Library directly east of Ralston City Hall,
5555 South 77th St.
Not Just a Book, Club
Kearney, NE. 1st Tuesday, 10:30 am, at
Museum of Nebraska Art, 2401 Central Ave. For the avid reader whose
interests lie in authors from Nebraska and about Nebraska including
many that pertain to artists relevant to our state. There is no cost
for this program, however occasionally you may want to purchase a
book. Call 308-865-8559 to register.
- Open Mic Poetry Night at A to Z Books
North Platte, NE. 2nd Friday and 4th Saturday, 7 pm, at A
to Z Books, 507 North Jeffers. 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. Call 308-534-0140 for details.
- Poetry Downtown on the Bricks
Kearney, NE. 3rd Tuesday, 7 pm, at Book Ends Used
and Collectible Books, 2218 Central Ave. They are actively seeking
poets who are interested in sharing their work at these readings. Call Book Ends at 308-293-0031 or email bookends(at)rcom-ne.com for more information.
Vermillion Literary Project Poetry Slam
One of the best things about poetry slam is the
range of poets it attracts. You’ll find a diverse range of work
within slam, including heartfelt love poetry, searing social
commentary, uproarious comic routines, and bittersweet personal
confessional pieces. Poets are free to do work in any style on any
subject. Contact Marcella Remund, mremund (at) usd.edu, for more
Volkswalk: Walking with Wright Morris
Central City, NE. Walk in the footsteps of Wright Morris. This volkswalk was designed to take walkers past famous landmarks from Wright Morris’ life and writings.
Sponsored by the Omaha Science Fiction
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