30 Poets in 30 Days


Welcome to Larksong's celebration of National Poetry Month - 30 Poets in 30 Days!  This annual event brings together poets from all over the country with poets local to Nebraska. This year we asked Larksong members first to fill half the reading slots, and the other half we filled during a visit to the Associated Writing Program's Conference and Book Fair in Seattle. Most of those were new acquaintances and this event was their introduction to Larksong. The mix of new and familiar allowed us to reach in this one program one of the primary objectives of all the programs we offer: to bring new voices to Nebraska audiences and help send Nebraska voices out into the world. Nebraska has a rich and active literary life and this 30 Poets program is designed to celebrate it.

We recorded 30 poets for this event - 31 actually, there's a bonus double reading on April 6! We reached them via Zoom, visited them in their homes, found them at work, at the airport, and at the Associated Writing Program Conference in Seattle. The poems range from heartbreaking to laugh-out-loud funny, and like such emotions in life they are all mixed up in this list, so you never know what you'll find when you click on a link and start watching. Be ready for anything!

The link to each daily reading will become "live" at 3 am CST on the date they're listed. To watch, click on the 30 Poets 30 Day thumbnail image. The video will play in your browser. Once live the link will stay live so you can watch as many times as you like. You can also find them on YouTube on Larksong's channel under 30 Poets in 30 Days. There's even a playlist! 

A big thank you to all the poets involved!




April 2 - Barbara Schmitz

Sunday, April 2, 2023
April 2 - Barbara Schmitz

Barbara Schmitz: Today our poet joins us from her home in Norfolk NE. Barbara grew up not far from there, near the spot where "the Platte and the Missouri rivers meet and kiss.” She taught writing and literature at Northeast College for thirty years and initiated and ran the Visiting Writer Series there plus the student magazine Voices Out of Nowhere. Two of her books have won the Poetry Award from Nebraska Center for the Book and she is a recipient of an Individual Artist award from the Nebraska Arts Council. She's had two poems selected for American Life in Poetry, newspaper column initiated by Ted Kooser, and one "Uniforms" was also performed in the nude (by an acting troupe) during the Omaha Writing Festival. She has studied with John Neihardt, William Stafford and was an apprentice to Allen Ginsberg at Naropa University, helping him assemble his writing notebooks. She is the Poet of Highway 81 where she lives with husband Bob (What Bob Says--- Some More), writing to the sighing and whizzing of the traffic for over half her life. Latest Book: Sundown at Faith Regional.


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