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Open Mics & Poetry Slams

Live Events 

Our open mics and poetry slams are the perfect spot to hear raw, unfiltered talent and share your own work. Whether you're a poet, a writer, or just a fan of spoken word, these events are a great way to meet like-minded people, get inspired, and have a blast. Join us for a night of amazing performances, cool vibes, and a welcoming community. This is your chance to be part of something special!

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Verse & Vibes

First Thursdays 

An open mic at an artsy space full of good vibes, and not just because of the coffee and liquor bar ;). Open to poets, authors, writers, musicians, anyone who has talent to share. Everyone is welcome. Free event.

When: Doors open at 6:30, mic is live at 7:00

Where: Indigo Cottage Crafts

             2063 Creekside Dr, Papillion

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Resonance Beat Poetry Jam

Second Thursdays

Wanna try your hand at pairing your writing with music? Or maybe you've just never had the sublime experience of hearing the fusion? Either way, we would like to invite you! Named The Resonance for the beautiful ways these artforms play off one another, we hope to show off a niche of poetry not often seen around here. 

When: 7:00

Where: Razor Wire Productions Art Gallery & Tattoo 

             1808 Vinton St, Omaha

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Vocal Fry

Third Thursdays 

We want to see what you've got cooking! It's an open mic for spoken word artists of all kinds: poets, storytellers, and more. On July 18 we'll be featuring Jewel Rodgers in celebration of her stellar performance at the Blackberry Peach National Poetry Slam and her stellar self in general! Please come join us in listening to, sharing, and loving the spoken word.

When: Doors open at 6:00, mic is live at 7:00

Where: Shirley Tyree Theater

             2401 N 24th St, Omaha

Open Mics & Poetry Slams

Other Events in Nebraska

Our state is buzzing with poetry events. If you know of any events we've missed,

let us know! We're always eager to share more live poetry happenings with our community.

The below events are not sponsored by the Nebraska Poetry Society.

Please reach out to the venue listed for any questions, thank you.

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Writer's Night

Every Wednesday

Open mic nights showcase local poets/writers, whether you're a seasoned performer or a new comer that wants to perform in front of an audience for the first time, come on out and join the fun! 

When: 6:00p

Where: Crescent Moon Coffee

            140 N. 8th, Lincoln

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On Writing Presents

Second Tuesdays

Intimate reading with local authors of all walks of life.

When: 6:00p

Where: Benson Theatre

            6054 Maple St, Omaha

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Lincoln Poetry Slam

Second Thursdays

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When: 7:00p

Where: Larksong Writers Place

           1600 N. Cotner Blvd, Lincoln 

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Imaginary Gardens Reading Series

Third Tuesday

Public readings by local poets and authors hosted by Michael Skau, a professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

When: 7:00p

Where: Mister Toad's

           1002 Howard St, Omaha

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Voices at Larksong

Third Thursdays

Monthly in-house reading series with new guests each month. Guests will include writers of all genres and (frequently) musicians.

When:  6:00p

Where: Larksong Writers Place

           1600 N Cotner Blvd, Lincoln

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Omaha Poetry Slam

Second Saturdays

The event begins with an open mic and then the competitive individual slam! (If you plan to compete in the slam, bring three poems.) Winner receives $50.

All the details are here.

When:  7:00p

Where: Dry Spokes

           1901 Leavenworth Street, Omaha

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