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, Jan. 31, 2017 — We welcome back Mohja Kahf, author of the new collection Hagar Poems. By the way, check out Richard Massey’s profile of the Arkansas International, our November 2016 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.