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Published Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 4:01 pm

Teens invited to poetry bash with $100 prize

Calling all teen poets.

Enter the “Cash for Your Words Teen Poetry Bash,” which will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Eighth- through 12th-graders can bring two original poems to read aloud or perform as slam poetry. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Louder Than a Bomb coaches from the Nebraska Writers Collective will be judges and Dominique Ashaheed, who holds two national poetry slam titles, will be special emcee.

There is no entry fee, but participants need to register ahead at or by calling 402-444-4586.

Top prize will be $100; second prize is $50 and third is $25.

On the Calendar

Book reading/signing: Marcia Calhoun Forecki, co-author of “Blood of the White Bear” (with Gerald Schnitzer), 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. today, Dixie Quicks, 157 West Broadway, Council Bluffs.

Author presentation: YA writer Walter Dean Myers, 5:30 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. program on Tuesday, Joslyn Art Museum, 22nd and Dodge Streets.

Author presentation: Rainbow Rowell, author of “Fangirl,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Bennington Public Library, 15505 Warehouse St.

Book discussion: Wednesday Words, Leo Adam Biga, author of “Alexander Payne: His Journey in Film,” noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.

Workshops: Mentoring for high school writers, 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; Nebraska Writers Workshop for poetry, script writing and fiction, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Baright Library in Ralston.

Book discussion: Wednesday Bookworms, “State of Wonder” by Ann Patchett, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Bookworm, 87th and Pacific Streets.

Book discussion: Veterans Affairs Community Book Club, “The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe,” Parts 1 & 2, by Rick Atkinson, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, DVA Outpatient Clinic, 600 S. 70th St., Lincoln.

Book sale: Friends of the Omaha Public Library, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Swanson Library, 9101 West Dodge Road.

Workshop: Wordsowers Christian Writers Group, 7 p.m. Thursday, Rockbrook Garden Cafe, 108th Street and West Center Road.

GET LIT: Brigit St. Brigit Theater actors give readings from several genres, 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Bookworm.

Workshop: Nebraska Novelists critique group, 7 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Barnes & Noble, 72nd and Dodge Streets.

Book discussion: Sherlock Holmes Book Club, “His Last Bow,” 10 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Story time: Brigit St. Brigit’s Scott Kurz reads from children’s books, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Terry Pettit, author of “A Fresh Season: Insights Into Coaching, Leadership and Volleyball,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, the Bookworm.

Book signing: Kirk Vaughn-Robinson, “The Chorus of the Forest,” and Carol Bicak, Chris Machian and Kent Sievers, “The Littlest Lion,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N., Bellevue.

Birthday tea: Jane Austen Society of Nebraska with Dr. Laura Mooneyham White, “Under the Hood: Data-Mining and Austen’s Habits of Speech,” 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Millard Library, 13214 Westwood Lane. (Pre-register at or 402-444-3399.)

Book signings: Steve Pivovar, “Road to the Big Time,” 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 15; Carol Bicak and Chris Machian, “The Littlest Lion,” 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 15; Steve Jordon, “The Oracle & Omaha: How Warren Buffett and His Hometown Shaped Each Other,” 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 15, the Bookworm.

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