On the last Tuesday of each month, OPWC presents a featured reader and open mike. Our headliners comprise writers of regional to national prominence. Admission is free, tho’ donations welcome. We meet at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville. Here’s our Facebook page.
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014 — The Ozark Poets & Writers Collective celebrates its 20th anniversary with an extended open mic — 6 minutes per person — and special bits from founding Collectivists and others. Here is an interview of one founder, the late Brenda Moossy, where she talks about the early days. Also, check out Robert Laurence’s profile of Richard Massey, our August 2014 feature, in the Fayetteville Free Weekly.
The collective is proud to have as a host Fayetteville’s locally owned independent bookstore Nightbird, 205 N. Dickson St. Nightbird Books offers beverages and tasty snacks. Buy a book, get a free coffee! All ages are welcome at Nightbird Books. The featured performance starts at 7:30 p.m. An open mic is a vital part of the evening. Each open mic performer gets up to four minutes to read original works or verse written by others. Our audiences famously encourage open mic readers. The main feature as well as the open mikers perform censorship free; strong language is sometimes used. After the guest reader, a hat is passed to provide the guest a small stipend and to help fund future readings. The collective has been honored with donation of a new book of poetry every month from the University of Arkansas Press — and the raffle is free! Often, featured readers offer their own books and chapbooks (and sometimes CDs and DVDs) for sale, autographed.
The Ozark Poetry Slam meets at 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at The Stolen Glass, 40 E. Center St. (at College Avenue, east of the Square) in Fayetteville. Location new as of January 2014. Start time new; come a little early to get settled in. Click on Slams for details.