Cover of Crossings: A Memoir in Verse by Gerry SloanLongtime area musician and poet Gerald Sloan will read from his new book Crossings, A Memoir in Verse for the monthly meeting of the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville.

The book jacket notes that “this newest verse memoir by Gerry Sloan contains over a hundred poetic, literary and photographic insights, commentaries and reminiscences of life in rural mid-America and reflections on what it means today.” Crossings has an Amazon page.

The volume by the retired University of Arkansas music professor features photos taken by his friend Rick Squires and will be available that evening at Nightbird for sale and signing by the author.

As always, the program includes spoken-word open mike sessions for audience members, with a four-minute limit.

The program is free, but donations are accepted. Young people are welcome, but the program may include adult language and themes.