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, May 28 — Fiction writer Padma Viswanathan. Her first published novel, The Toss of the Lemon, earned remarkable reviews. The year 2014 will see the release of her second novel. And, check out the Collective’s column in the Fayetteville Free Weekly, on the May feature, fiction writer Padma Viswanathan.
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 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Rogue Pizza Company, 402 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville. Click on Slams for details.