Talya Boerner to feature July 30th, 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.

Talya Tate Boerner is an Arkansas author and blogger whose debut novel, The Accidental Salvation of Gracie Lee, won a gold medal in Reader’s Favorite International Book Awards for general fiction, the 2017 President’s Award and Best Book Award by the Ozark Writers’ League, and was designated a National Indie Excellence Book Award finalist in the category of southeast fiction. Her short stories and essays have been published in Arkansas Review, Front Porch Magazine, Writer’s Digest, and Fourth River Literary Journal, as well as several on-line publications including Deep South Magazine

She hoards books and provides habitat for butterflies. She believes a serving of collard greens can enhance most any dish. 

The main feature as well as the open mikers perform censorship free; strong language is sometimes used.

Boerner blogs at Grace, Grits and Gardening on topics of farm, food, garden, and southern living. As both an Arkansas Master Naturalist and Master Gardener (2019 trainee), the inspiration she draws from nature is often reflected in her writing. She is currently working on a heartfelt and humorous memoir about caring for aging parents while dealing with a partial-midlife crisis.

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.