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Third Thursdays - Voices at Larksong
Third Thursdays - Voices at Larksong


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Date & Time:
Third Thursday of each month.
Social Time: 5:30 pm CST
Reading/Music: 6:00 - 7:30 pm CST

Location: Larksong Writers Place
1600 N. Cotner Blvd.

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





Thursday, February 15, 2024, features  the interactive Dear Great Plains postcard-writing campaign created by Karla Hernandez Torrijos and illustrated by Katie Nieland.

Dear Great Plains is a postcard-writing campaign created by Karla Hernandez Torrijos and illustrated by Katie Nieland. Intended as a collective “letter to a beloved”, the project hopes to tell the true story of the Great Plains: complex, diverse, and multi-faceted. Through Nieland’s colorful illustrations, participants at this event will be encouraged to reflect on their feelings towards the region: positive, negative, and everything in between. Join us for a night of creation and reflection as we delve into questions of heritage, history, and home. 


Karla Hernandez Torrijos
(she/her) is a poet and workshop facilitator. Beginning at an open mic in 2017, Karla has since been invited to read her work in venues across Nebraska, including The Bay, El Museo Latino, and The UNL Wick Alumni Center. The recipient of the 2022-2023 Irby F. Wood Prize for Poetry and the 2020-2021 Vreeland Award for Poetry, her writing interrogates our understanding of home, displacement, and the liminal space in between. Karla was the 2021-2022 Creative in Community Resident for The LUX Center for the Arts and is the inaugural Student Storyteller in Residence for The Center for Great Plains Studies. Her work can be found in Preposition: An Undercurrent Anthology.



Katie Nieland is the Associate Director and Communications Coordinator at the Center for Great Plains Studies at UNL and a local artist whose work can be found at the Nebraska History Museum, the Lux Center for the Arts, REI, and various local shops. A former journalist at the Lincoln Journal Star, the Montana Standard, and the Chicago Tribune, Katie uses visuals and data visualizations to tell stories about the Great Plains that help people connect to our region. Her personal art also focuses on exploring the wonder of Great Plains animals, plants, and landscapes. She has a bachelor’s in journalism and a master’s in education administration from UNL.






Thursday, March 21, 2024 features poets Amy Haddad and Carolina Hotchandani

Amy Haddad  is the 2019 recipient of the Annals of Internal Medicine poetry prize for “Families Like This” for the best poem published in the journal. She won third-place for the 2019 Kalanithi Writing Awards from Stanford University for her poem “Dark Rides.” Her chapbook, “The Geography of Kitchens,” was published by Finishing Line Press in 2021. Her first poetry collection, “An Otherwise Healthy Woman,” was published by Backwaters Press, an imprint of the University of Nebraska Press in early 2022. “An Otherwise Healthy Woman” was awarded twice in the 2022 AJN Book of the Year Awards: first place in the Creative Works Category and second place in the Professional Issues Category.

Amy will be teaching 4-week long workshop in-house at Larksong in April. To register for "Stories Your Collection Can Tell" - Go to "Classes" -> "On-site classes" -> "Stories Your Collection Can Tell: A Larksong Bootcamp for Poets"

Carolina Hotchandani is the author of The Book Eaters, 2023 Perugia Press Prize Winner, which was one of the ten debut poetry books featured in the 2024 Poets & Writers Magazine’s Debut Poets issue. Hotchandani holds degrees from Brown, Texas State, and Northwestern universities and has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Community of Writers, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and Tin House Writers’ Workshop. Her poetry has appeared in AGNIAlaska Quarterly ReviewBeloit Poetry JournalBlackbirdCincinnati ReviewMissouri ReviewPrairie Schooner, and other journals. She is a Goodrich Assistant Professor of English in Omaha, Nebraska, where she lives with her husband and daughter. 



Past Third Thursday Readers:

Thursday, February 1, 2024 Featured poets Maria Nazos and Monica Joy Fara

Thursday, November 30, 2023 Featured author Carla Ketner and illustrator Paula Wallace

Thursday, November 16, 2023 Featured Nebraska Warrior Writers Open Mic Night

Thursday, October 19, 2023 Featured memorist Michael James and poet Brad Anderson

September 21, 2023: Featured Tricia Currans-Sheehan and Jeanne Emmons 

August 17, 2023: Featured Robert Ross and J. Stevens Berry 

July 20, 2023: Featured Rita Paskowitz

June15, 2023: Featured Tyler Jacobs and John Moesner

May 18, 2023: Featured Jonis Agee

April 20, 2023: Featured Barbara Schmitz and Bonnie Johnson Bartee. 

March 16, 2023: Featured Marcia Calhoun Forecki, Rex Walton, and Shoshana Sumrall.

February 23,2023: Featured Adrian Loehring and Vince Learned

January 19, 2023: Featured Editors and Contributors of The Good Life Review, including Shyla Shehan, Cat Dixon, Tacheny Perry, Michelle Pierce Battle, Tana Buoy, &  Annie Barker

December 15, 2022: Featured poets Liz Kay, Sarah McKinstry Brown, and singer Pam Herbert Barger

November 17, 2022: Featured novelist Brent Spencer and Karen Gettert Shoemaker

October 20, 2022: Featured poets Matt Mason and Stacey Waite



Larksong is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are committed to supporting both the writers who come to us for instruction and the writers who come to us to teach. We keep our class fees low, offer free programming, and pay our instructors. Please consider supporting our mission by making a tax-deductible donation.