1877 Society

Animus: Exordium | DC vs. Marvel

Thursday, July 12, 2018 • Aksarben Cinema, 2110 South 67th Street • Facebook event link

This time we’re turning Animus on its head, and instead debating which is the superior superhero franchise: DC or Marvel. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to defend their choice to the death (in a spirited discourse, of course).


Thursday, July 12
5 p.m. Reception, featuring cocktails and appetizers
6 p.m. DC versus Marvel panel discussion and debate, featuring:

• Abby CapeOmaha Public Library
• David DeMarcoLegend Comics & Coffee
• Tracie MaukBig Canvas
• Ryan SyrekThe Reader
Emcee: Matt TompkinsOmaha Live

Tickets: $25 for 1877 Society members • $35 for the general public
Admission includes appetizers, popcorn, one beverage, and your event ticket.
For tickets, visit www.aksarbencinema.com and select “July 12” showtimes.

Animus: Exordium proceeds will benefit Omaha Public Library programs and services.

(402) 444-4589
Facebook event link

About 1877 Society

Omaha-based 1877 Society is a group of library enthusiasts and advocates in their twenties, thirties, and forties who support the Omaha Public Library Foundation. The Omaha Public Library Foundation raises funds and advocates for Omaha Public Library, its programs, patrons, services, and staff.

Membership to 1877 Society is an annual $100 donation to the Omaha Public Library Foundation. Membership provides invitations to exclusive library events not open to the general public: private tours of the library's special collections, library volunteer opportunities, discounts to local businesses, and more.

Our goal is two-fold: to increase younger donors to the Omaha Public Library Foundation, and to generate awareness of and create advocates for Omaha Public Library.

Simply put, we want to connect Omaha's best and brightest young professionals through a shared love of Omaha Public Library. 

The 1877 Society Steering Committee was formed in the summer of 2014. Our first event was December 4, 2014, at W. Dale Clark Main Library.

To join or for more information, send an email to 1877society@omahalibrary.org or call (402) 444-4589. Follow 1877 Society on Instagram and Facebook.

2018 Prose, Poetry Contest Will Open June 18

For the fourth consecutive year, 1877 Society invites Omaha-area writers in their forties and younger to submit unpublished prose and poetry for its annual writing contest, beginning Monday, June 18.

Personal essays and short stories under 5,000 words can be submitted in the prose category, double-spaced with standard margins. Writers can also submit one single-spaced poem of under three pages in the poetry category. Entrants are permitted to submit in both categories if they so choose.

Submissions are due via email by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word or similar attachment to 1877society@omahalibrary.org.

Please only include the work's title and submission type (personal essay/short story OR poem) within the file; do not include author name or any other information.

To be considered for this year's contest, the email must include the following:

• Author's first and last name

• Mailing address

• Phone number

• Email address

• Birth date (month/day/year)

• Type of submission: personal essay/short story OR poem

The winning poem and prose entry each receive a $500 cash prize. A third, $250 prize will be awarded to the best work (either poetry or prose) as selected by the 2018 judges panel.

The winners will be announced Wednesday, October 3, during the monthly Literary Pub Quiz at Pageturners Lounge.

Author and writer Carson Vaughan serves as chair of this year's writing contest. The 2018 judges panel also includes:

  • Ted Genoways: writer, author of The Chain and This Blessed Earth
  • Liz Granger: nonfiction writer, content strategist, Metropolitan Planning Council
  • Ben Hoffman: fiction writer, 2015-2017 Stegner Fellow
  • Patrick Mainelli: nonfiction writer, communications manager, The Union for Contemporary Art
  • Jeff Moscaritolo: fiction writer, visiting assistant professor, Doane University

For questions or more information, contact Vaughan (carsonvaughan@gmail.com) or Wendy Townley of the Omaha Public Library Foundation (wtownley@omahalibrary.org or 402-444-4589).

Prose: "Milkweed Elegy" (personal essay) by Patrick Mainelli
Poetry: "Elegy for J" by S.R. Aichinger
Judge's Choice Award: "Any Time You Like" (short story) by Bryant Holmes

Prose: "Touch" by Liz Huett
Poetry: "On Confessing My Symptoms to my Doctor" by Kassandra Montag
Judges Choice Award: "Shelf Life" by Maranda Loughlin (poetry)
Honorable Mentions: "Break Out" by Nicole Koneck-Wilwerding (prose); "A Robbery" by Kassandra Montag (prose); and "Winter Afghans and Handkerchief Scarves" by Felicity White (poetry)

Short Story: "Violate the Leaves" by Theodore Wheeler
Personal Essay: "Bears Like Spectators" by Kristine Mahler
Members Choice Award: "The Mean Ink" by Benjamin Simon (short story)

1877 Society Steering Committee

Sarah Baker Hansen
Shonna Dorsey
Erin Duerr
Tulani Grundy Meadows
Sarah Hanify
Katie Kemerling
Quentin Leuninghoener
Jessica McKay
Autumn Pruitt
Jesse A. Sullivan