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 6 - Lucy Adkins & Marjorie Saiser

Thursday, April 6, 2023
April 6 - Lucy Adkins & Marjorie Saiser

Lucy Adkins and Marjorie Saiser: Today’s reading is a Daily Double treat featuring the poets Lucy Adkins and Marge Saiser. As I tried to say in the introduction, (which looks a lot like something that belongs on an outtakes reel!) the idea for pairing them came to me from V. Hansman, the founder of Prospect Street Writers House in North Bennington, Vermont. #ProspectStreetWritersHouse’s philosophy is embodied in poet Donald Hall’s maxim – “The friendship of writers is the history of literature.” These two poets have been friends of and to so many writers in the Nebraska writing community. Their place in the history of Nebraska literature cannot be understated. Lucy is a writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. Her chapbooks include One Life Shining: Addie Finch Farmwife from Pudding House Press, and Two-Toned Dress, which was the winner of the 2019 Blue Light Press Poetry Prize. Her full-length collection of poetry, A Crazy Little Thing, was published by Wayne State College Press just this spring. Marjorie Saiser is the author of eight books of poetry and co-editor of two anthologies.  Her work has been published in American Life in Poetry, Nimrod,,, RHINO, Chattahoochee Review, Poetry East, Poet Lore, and other journals. She earned her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing at UNL and has received the WILLA Award and the High Plains Book Award.


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