Doug Shields will feature for OPWC, June 25th, Nightbird Books, 7:00 p.m

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.

Doug Shields is an astronomy teacher and radio personality.  His poems range from satirizing current events to bathing in the bizarre.  His radio show, Poetize the News, airs Fridays at 10pm on KPSQ 97.3 in Fayetteville.  He holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Arkansas.

The collective is proud to have as a host Fayetteville’s locally owned independent bookstore Nightbird, 205 N. Dickson St., Fayetteville, AR.

The featured performance starts at 7 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.

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.