Booked: National Poetry Month Kicks Off


Metropolitan Community College’s Writers’ Club will be celebrating National Poetry Month with a poetry reading featuring MCC instructors Jen Lambert, Liz Kay and Paul Dickey in the South Omaha Campus Writing Center (located in the Connector Building, room 222) this Wednesday, April 6. English instructor Lambert is an editor for The Unitidy Season: an Anthology of Nebraska Women Poets, Kay has received both an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Wendy Fort Foundation Prize for exemplary work in poetry and Dickey’s poetry and fiction has appeared in close to 100 literary journals and anthologies. The event is free and starts at 7 p.m. If you can’t make it to the poetry reading, consider swinging by the Bookworm at 87th and Pacific this Wednesday at 6:30 pm, when author Ruta Sepetys will be signing copies of her new book, Between Shades of Gray, an account of a 15-year-old Lithuanian girl’s forced relocation with her family to the colder reaches of Siberia. Written with young readers in mind, the book has received tremendous acclaim from all corners, with Booklist calling it “an important book that deserves the widest possible readership.” Thursday evening, the Slam Poets of UNO will be performing in the fireplace lounge of the UNO student center at 60th and Dodge. Stop by for some free poetry, free food, and join in the open mic. The open mic starts at 7 p.m. and the slammers take the stage at 8 p.m. The event is free. The Oakview Barnes and Noble will celebrate Nebraska Writers Collective Day all day Saturday, April 9 by giving readers a discount and NWC a donation. Just mention that you love poetry and you’ll get a 10 percent discount on your purchase with the money going to the Nebraska Writers Collective.


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