Poetry at Maha Festival 2023

Experience inspiring performances from our region’s leading youth poets, including the 2023 Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate and others.

July 14, 2023

Isabella Mitchell of Central High School, the 2022 Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate Runner-Up, performing at Maha Festival 2022. Photo by James Dean.

Poetry performances at Maha are brought to you in collaboration with the Nebraska Writers Collective. Their All Writes Reserved program is the biggest youth spoken word poetry festival in the Midwest. Hundreds of students from dozens of high schools across Nebraska and western Iowa spend months writing, revising, and rehearsing original performance poetry before coming to Maha. 

Performing on the LinkedIn Stage on Saturday, July 29 at 3:00 p.m.

Aliyah American Horse, Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate
Amelia Escalante, Nebraska Youth Poet Laureate Runner-Up
Aiden Whalen, Omaha Central High School (winner of All Writes Reserved Festival 2023)

Performing at the Millwork Arts Lounge on Saturday, July 29 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

Poets from All Writes Reserved representing the following area schools:
Lincoln Northeast High School
Lincoln North Star High School
Ralston High School
Norfolk High School
Bellevue West High School
Culxr House
Millard North High School
Millard South High School
Central High School
York High School
Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson
Westside Middle School