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First Friday Reading - May 2022

Joy Castro is the award-winning author of the novel Flight Risk, the post-Katrina New Orleans literary thrillers Hell or High Water and Nearer Home, and the story collection How Winter Began, as well as the memoir The Truth Book and the essay collection Island of Bones, which received the International Latino Book Award. She is also editor of the anthology Family Trouble and served as the guest judge of CRAFT‘s first Creative Nonfiction Award. Her work has appeared in the New York Times MagazineSenses of CinemaSalonPloughsharesGulf CoastBrevityAfro-Hispanic Review, and elsewhere. A former Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University, she is currently the Willa Cather Professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

30 Poets in 30 Days

National Poetry Month is coming! You know what you need? A different poet in your in-box every day!

We've got slam poets and cowboy poets, free-verse and formal poets, poets who will make you laugh and poets who just might make you cry (in a good way, of course), national, widely published poets and just-getting-started poets. You'll meet new people and see old friends.

Each poet has recorded a five to ten minute reading of their best work. And you can watch them in your own sweet time. The links to the readings will stay live all month so you can binge watch at the end of the month or savor a reading everyday. And you can re-watch as many times as you want. 

First Friday Reading - April 2022

Dr. KATE GALE is co-founder and Managing Editor of Red Hen Press, Editor of the Los Angeles Review.  She teaches in the Low Residency MFA program at the University of Nebraska in Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction.

She is the author of the forthcoming The Loneliest Girl from the University of New Mexico Press and of seven books of poetry including The Goldilocks Zone from the University of New Mexico Press in 2014, and Echo Light from Red Mountain in 2014 and six librettos including Rio de Sangre, a libretto for an opera with composer Don Davis, which had its world premiere October 2010 at the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee.  

She speaks on independent publishing around the US at schools like USC and Columbia and she speaks at Oxford University.  Her opera in process is https://www.thewebopera.com/ and an opera on Che Guevara is in process with Cuban composer Armando Bayolo.

First Friday Reading - March 2022

Ladette Randolph is the author of five books, most recently the novel PRIVATE WAY (forthcoming in March 2022). She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award, a Pushcart Prize, a citation from Best American Voices, and a Virginia Faulkner Award. Her novel A SANDHILLS BALLAD was twice a finalist for Nebraska's One Story One State program and was an Editor's Choice book at the New York Times Book Review. She is the editor-in-chief of the literary journal PLOUGHSHARES.

Randolph is co-owner of the manuscript editing business Randolph Lundine.

First Friday Reading - February 2022

"Saddiq Dzukogi’s poetry collection Your Crib, My Qibla (University of Nebraska Press 2021) was named one of 29 of the best poetry collections by Oprah Daily. His chapbook Inside the Flower Room was selected by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani for APBF New Generation African Poets Chapbook Series. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in POETRY, Ploughshares, Cincinnati Review, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Oxford Poetry, Poetry Society of America, Prairie Schooner, and other literary journals and magazines. He is a finalist of Brunel International African Poetry Prize and a recipient of fellowships and Grants from Nebraska Arts Council, Pen America, Obsidian Foundation, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he is a Ph.D. student and serves as an Assistant Poetry Editor for Prairie Schooner."

Breaking and Entering: How to Get (and Stay!) Published

This class will give you a 360-degree view of traditional publishing: tips on how to submit your work, position yourself, get published, what to do now to prepare for that fateful day, and what you can expect after you sign the contract. This class will be lecture-based, with plenty of time for Q and A. You’ll leave this class with a good sense of the range of different publishers, how to break in, and how to make the most of your career as an author. This class applies to all genres.

Reading & Writing Holiday Party

Let’s kick off the Holiday Season with some fast-paced writing and short but powerful reading sessions! The format is simple. We alternate five-minute readings with 15-minute mini writing workshops that start with a craft talk and end with a writing prompt. Five readings, four workshops, so you’ll not only leave the event inspired but you’ll have some new writing too!

Past First Friday Readings



November 2021 - Mary Pipher

October 2021 - DeMisty Bellinger

September 2021 - Timothy Schaffert

NaNoWriMo

"Come Write with Larksong!"

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.

Larksong supports writers who want to accept this challenge by offering "Come Write" meetings throughout the month of November where writers can meet to discuss strategy, share ideas, or just spend time writing together. Meetings in 2021 were held via Zoom. 

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