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.

Coming Up

7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 —

Crescent Dragonwagon writes fiction and non-fiction, long works and short. She writes for children, and adults; for widows and for cooks. She writes memoir, poetry, novels, articles, and her first play (Until Just Moistened: a Not-Quite One-Woman Show, with Crumbs) was produced by TheatreSquared’s New Play Festival in 2018. A just-announced 2019 Artists 360 Grant will allow her to develop a regional tour for the play, in which love, life, lust, loss, and cornbread connect.

She has written in and about the Ozarks since 1972, when she moved to Eureka Springs from New York (via a year in a Missouri commune, described in her recent introduction to Jared Phillip’s Hipbillies). Though she moved away from Arkansas in 2002, she returned in 2018, and now lives in Fayetteville.

She often notes, “Because I’m curious about so much, I would be considered a dilettante and a flake if I weren’t a writer. But writing allows me a legitimate reason and way to dive deep into my obsessions.” The subjects she writes about most often these days are food and cooking, mortality and widowhood, and creativity, though she continues to write for children, as well as teach writing through workshops and courses. “I go out towards the world, but am also inwards-going, mining personal experience,” she says. “I try for transparency. It seems to me that if one writes transparently enough, readers can see themselves through the words on page or screen.”

In addition to her own work, she is the literary executor for her late mother, the children’s book writer Charlotte Zolotow. At her OPWC talk, she’ll discuss “collaborating with the dead,” and read a cross-genre assortment of her own work.

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!

After the guest reader, a hat is passed to provide the guest a small stipend and to help fund future readings.

Often, featured readers offer their own books and chapbooks (and sometimes CDs and DVDs) for sale, autographed.