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William Trowbridge and Friends

William Trowbridge will read from his latest poetry collection Call Me Fool. He will be joined by a number of local poets who have worked with William over the years.  Like many of Bill's readings, this is sure to be a lively literary event. Come prepared to laugh, and maybe even cry a little. 

Call Me Fool, William Trowbridge’s ninth poetry collection, Call Me Fool, came out from Red Hen Press in September. Over 550 of his poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines and in more than 50 anthologies and textbooks. He is a faculty mentor in the University of Nebraska-Omaha Low-residency MFA in Writing Program and was Poet Laureate of Missouri from 2012 to 2016. For more information, see his website at williamtrowbridge.net.

First Friday Reading - December 2022

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.  Her award-winning books include The Singing Pills (Four Way Books, forthcoming), awarded the Levis Prize; The New Nudity (Saturnalia Books, 2017); Lullaby (with Exit Sign) (Saturnalia Books, 2013), awarded the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize; The Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012), Editor’s Selection/Runner Up for the Green Rose Prize; and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007), awarded the Margie Book Prize.  She is also the author of two chapbooks, Fountain and Furnace (Tupelo Press, 2015), awarded the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize, and Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/Green Tower Press 2010), awarded the Midwest Poets Series Prize.  In addition, she is co-author with Michelle Boisseau of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. (Pearson, 2011).  Her poems and essays have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Believer, Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, and elsewhere.  She is a Professor of English and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

First Friday Reading - November 2022

Dan Chaon’s most recent book is Sleepwalk (2022.)  He is the author of six previous books, including Ill Will, a national bestseller, named one of the ten best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly. Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), a finalist for the Story Prize; the national bestseller Await Your Reply; and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and the O. Henry Collection. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction and the Shirley Jackson Award, and he was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon, who grew up in western Nebraska, currently lives in Cleveland.

Social Event - Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Interested in meeting and mingling with children's book writers and illustrators? The Nebraska Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will be hosting a social event at Larksong on October 15 from 1-4 pm. Larksong members are welcome to join to get to know the local "kidlit" community, ask questions about writing for kids, and learn more about SCBWI as an organization. Please register for this free event. 

First Friday Reading with Mary Pipher

In her luminous new memoir, Mary Pipher taps into a cultural moment to offer wisdom, hope, and insight into loss and change. Drawing from her expertise as a psychologist specializing in women, trauma, and the effect of the culture on our mental health, she looks at her own story in A Life in Light. 

Creative Journaling: Start a Travel Journal

Creative Journaling with a focus on turning a travel journal into a work of art. This class is an opportunity to learn how to take journaling to a whole new level! It's not just about words anymore. Join the artist and journal maker Catherine Griesen as she demonstrates creative journaling techniques and ideas that can help even the artistically challenged among us (I'm looking at me when I say that) turn a journal into a work of art with a personal story at its heart. 

First Friday Reading - September 2, 2022

Erin Flanagan's recent novel, Blackout (Thomas & Mercer), was an Amazon First Reads selection for June 2022. She is the author of the novel Deer Season (University of Nebraska Press), winner of the 2022 Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Author, as well as two short story collections with UNP. Erin is an English professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and a regular book reviewer for Publishers Weekly. For more information about her and her writing, please visit www.erinflanagan.net or say hello on Twitter or Instagram at @erinlflanagan.

Journaling for Self-Discovery

A journal is a powerful tool. Whether you write in a linen-covered notebook or on the white screen of your computer, your journal is a safe, private place for self-reflection, a place to record the night’s dreams, to speak with yourself about a life transition, to meditate on the joy of an hour by the lake. It is a place to get in touch with your subconscious mind, with your creative fire, with your heart, your challenges, your beliefs, your goals.

Nancy McCabe & Suzanne Ohlmann In the House!

Memoirists Nancy McCabe and Suzanne Ohlmann join together for a reading and conversation about writing, the writing life, and life. Both women write from the heart and bring a wealth of experience to the page and to their readings.

James Crews & Friends

Larksong's Visiting Writer's Series welcomes James Crews, poet and editor of the anthology "Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy." Joined by contributors Grace Bauer, Twyla Hansen, and Marjorie Saiser for a hybrid event live at Larksong Writers Place in Lincoln NE and on Zoom from Vermont. 

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

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