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Rebecca Newth, born in Lansing, Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University in the class with other writers that included Jim Harrison, Dan Gerber, and Tom McGuane. She married John A. Harrison who was an able encourager both to his brother and to Rebecca. At Harvard where John was a librarian, they visited Widener Library and local bookshops in Harvard Square, especially Gordon Carney’s shop. Rebecca was first published by Sumac Press, a Press co-founded by Dan Gerber and Jim Harrison. Her second book, A Journey Whose Bones Are Mine, was published by Truck Press, at Yale where John was a librarian. A third book was published by Open Book Press of Station Hill Press. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Humanities Council, and a young adult award from the Arkansas Historical Society, and has published eleven books.  Her most recent book is a book of poetry Mid-Air Apostle. I say of my poetry, “I mean to communicate, but i do not always burn one log right next to another.”  She has also published a memoir, Milk Horses, and four children’s books also.

Please join us to enjoy Rebecca’s reading and to encourage the writing community in NWA.

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.