Eli Cranor

Eli Cranor

Eli Cranor will read his short story “Don’t Know Tough” at the monthly program of the Ozark Poets & Writers Collective. The reading is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Nightbird Books, 205 W Dickson St., Fayetteville.

The Collective program includes open-mic sessions before and after the feature. Any audience member is invited to share verse or prose of up to 4 minutes. A drawing for book donated from the University of Arkansas Press is held. The evening is free, but donations are accepted. We welcome all ages but caution that language and themes can be adult.

“Don’t Know Tough” won the 2017 Robert Watson Literary Prize from The Greensboro Review and was honored by The Missouri Review for its 2018 Miller Audio Prize. 

Avery Trufelman, producer of the nationally syndicated radio program 99% Invisible and a guest judge for The Missouri Review, remarked about “Don’t Know Tough”:

“Right away, Cranor’s extraordinary voice draws you in to this dry yet rollicking story, which comes alive as Cranor embodies each new character one by one. A simple yet remarkable tale that lures you in through a series of small details, circling out and out to become a portrait of a young man, a team, a family, and the machismo culture of a whole country.”

Eli played quarterback at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia while majoring in English Literature. By age 26, he was head football coach of a small high school near the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. These days, he’s traded in the pigskin for a laptop, writing from Arkansas where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Eli writes a weekly column for The Courier and The Good Men Project.  He is currently at work on a novel.