simple way to writing: First Tuesday, 7 pm, the South Mill, Lincoln: could it be? YES!! Tuesdays with Writers!
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Looking for a get-together of Lincoln-area writers? Once a month, the first Tuesday at 7 pm, come to the South Mill Coffee Shop, at 4736 Prescott, Lincoln, NE. We'll be here, with readers and coffee, and conversation .....
(from the Daily Nebraskan, February 2nd, 2005) The scent of coffee filled the air and welcomed spectators to a poetry reading. The Mill’s south location at 4736 Prescott Ave. hosts a poetry reading for poets called Tuesdays with Writer’s the first Tuesday of every month. “I went to a poetry reading in Boulder, (Colo.) and then one in Minnesota and later in New York,” said Deborah McGinn, teacher of creative writing at Lincoln High School and organizer of Tuesdays with Writer’s. “Poetry has a real performance quality to it,” she said. Tuesdays with Writer’s started six years ago this July and promotes the poetic talent of the Lincoln area. McGinn has had to move her project to several areas to find the right fit, but said she feels she has found a great place with the Mill’s southern location. A selected poet reads his or her poetry for about 40 minutes and then the microphone is open to the public. “There seems to be a few writers who get all the attention and I know there’s more talent in Lincoln,” McGinn said. “I like to be all inclusive. I believe in the young voice, they work just as hard.” Although McGinn encourages younger generations to perform their poetry and express their talents, she also gives older writers the opportunity to have their voice heard. Tuesday’s performance served as a perfect example.
Edgar Clemens, a retired University of Nebraska-Lincoln animal science professor, performed his “cowboy” poetry to a full Mill crowd. “I started writing poetry after I went to a cowboy poetry reading in Valentine,” Clemens said. “I went to a poetry workshop at Gere Library and Rex Walton said he liked my stuff and asked if I’d be interested.” Walton is an avid supporter and some-time reader at Tuesdays with Writer’s. Clemens played a harmonica before reciting his poetry and wove his tales of boys getting into mischief and cowboys on the trail, taking his audience back to the Old West Nebraska once knew. His poetry represented Midwestern values, as his narrative remained straightforward and honest. The warmth and hometown feel of The Mill provided a perfect atmosphere for the event and complimented Clemens poems nicely. “I really like having it at The Mill,” said McGinn. “Its such a non-pretentious environment.” Tuesdays with Writer’s will have an anniversary special in July and welcomes poets of any kind to come and share their creativity. “You have a chance to come here and be recognized,” said Walton.