Caleb “The Negro Artist” Rainey: Using Spoken Word Techniques

Virtual Program

When a poet steps to the microphone, truth on the tip of their tongue and vulnerability in their voice, you listen. But what writing techniques does a performance poet use to hook their audience? From the syntax of the first line, to the structure of the whole poem, spoken word artists have found multiple ways […]

Virtual Author Series: Chris Harding Thornton

Virtual Program

The National Willa Cather Center is hosting an author series as a way to connect Cather to contemporary writers as well as provide an accessible and inclusive space where readers can talk directly with writers about their work. Participating authors discuss how they create their work, thematic connections within and outside of their texts, and […]

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Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat Posted Online

Virtual Program

Before selected concerts in its 2023-24 season, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra organizes a 20-30-minute conversation with LSO's Maestro Edward Polochick and a featured soloist or composer, hosted by Nebraska Public Media's Genevieve Randall. The pre-recorded chat for each classical concert is available to view online as well as via podcast the Monday before the concert, and […]

First Friday Book Talk & Reading w Timothy Schaffert

Virtual Program

This monthly online (Zoom) reading series called First Friday Readings features authors with Nebraska connections, national presence, and a newly published book. The hourlong event, moderated by Larksong director Karen Shoemaker, will include both the author’s reading and Q&A with the audience. The event is free, but registration is required to receive the link. Timothy Schaffert is […]

Eleanor Reeds: Using “You” in Poems

Virtual Program

Poems often address those who cannot be reached. We appeal to the west wind or reproach an absent lover, knowing it is impossible for them to hear us and yet trusting in the power of poetic language to communicate. In this session, we will explore poems that can be read by everyone except the "you" […]

Recurring

Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Pre-Concert Chat Posted Online

Virtual Program

Before selected concerts in its 2023-24 season, Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra organizes a 20-30-minute conversation with LSO's Maestro Edward Polochick and a featured soloist or composer, hosted by Nebraska Public Media's Genevieve Randall. The pre-recorded chat for each classical concert is available to view online as well as via podcast the Monday before the concert, and […]

Kelsey Bigelow: Bridging the Page & Stage Gap

Virtual Program

Too often, poets segment our genre into "traditional page poetry" and "modern spoken word poetry," believing we are one or the other. This creates a divide and only grows the disconnect between page and stage poets. Join Kelsey Bigelow, a poet living in the spectrum between both styles, as she guides us through how to […]

First Friday Book Talk & Reading w Lee Ann Roripaugh

Virtual Program

This monthly online (Zoom) reading series called First Friday Readings features authors with Nebraska connections, national presence, and a newly published book. The hourlong event, moderated by Larksong director Karen Shoemaker, will include both the author’s reading and Q&A with the audience. The event is free, but registration is required to receive the link. Lee Ann […]

Michael Broder: Working with Story, Structure, Music & Imagination

Virtual Program

In an influential 1988 essay, poet Gregory Orr identifies story, structure, music, and imagination as the four temperaments that define poets and their poetry. What is your poetic temperament? In this class, we will explore Orr’s model, delving into his ideas about the interaction of finite temperaments (story, structure) and infinite temperaments (music, imagination). Reading poems […]