Southern Gothic Writer Nancy Hartney to Read May 29

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Nancy Hartney

Nancy Hartney
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OPWC is proud to feature Nancy Hartney on May 29, 2018, 7 p.m. at Nightbird Books.

Nancy Hartney — freelance writer, short story author, regional wordsmith and photographer —  offers all things written. If the Creek Don’t Rise: Tales from the South, a second collection of short stories, flash fiction, and postcard vignettes, builds on her debut collection, Washed in the Water: Tales from the South.

As always there will be a community open mic with 4 minute time limit for each reader. This is programmed to go both before and after our headliner, order based on drawing from a bowl.

According to her website, Nancy Hartney writes short stories with a Gothic flair set in the Deep South.

“My family and I come from Georgia, and while they have mostly died off or moved further south, I still say I hail from Atlanta. My great-great granddaddy wore grey and fought in the War. My daddy was a dirt farmer and Mama a school teacher. Growing up years happened in that strip along the south Georgia-north Florida line on a hard scrabble tobacco farm. We raised hogs, corn and, for a time, cotton. Those days, tomatoes, fresh from the garden, and corn on the cob signaled the beginning of summer. Grits, fried catfish and hushpuppies got served up at least weekly sometime more often, depending on who went fishing. Bird shooting, coon hunting and hounds marked the fall, with tobacco picking, bare feet and watermelons summer hallmarks. Winter meant busting up pine stumps and hauling oak wood for the fireplace. I have lived in California and Texas and, for the last 30 years, Arkansas. My house wine? Sweet tea, of course.”

Her various equine-based news articles accompanied by photographs appear in The Chronicle of the Horse, Sidelines and the Horseman’s Round-up. Her book reviews have appeared in the Fort Worth Star Telegram (Texas) and The Free Weekly (Arkansas), motorcycle touring articles and photographs in American Iron, general interest pieces in the Northwest Arkansas Times, and regional features in the Ozark Mountaineer and DoSouth. Her photographs have been featured by Storyteller Magazine and the North American Foxhunting calendar.

Nancy holds degrees from Florida State University (Tallahassee) and Texas Tech (Lubbock). Along the way, she has lived in north Florida, Georgia, southern California, Texas and Arkansas.


  • Ozark Writers League – Best Fiction 2014 for Washed in the Water: Tales from the South
  • President’s Award, Ozark Writers League, Washed in the Water: Tales from the South

Songwriter, Poet Willi Carlisle Headlines on April 24

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Singer-songwriter Willi Carlisle is the Ozark Poets and Writers feature on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, with the program beginning at 7 p.m. at Nightbird Books.

Carlisle’s expressive voice draw comparison to old balladeers and bluesmen. Willi sings new songs for the oldest reasons: love, heartache and joy. People who watch and listen will find that he laughs and sheds a tear onstage almost as often as his audiences do, fire-and-brimstone proof of larger-than-life songs and stories.

Carlisle will be preceded and followed by an open mic with four minute per person.

Connotations to feature March 27, 2018

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Fayetteville High School students run the literary magazine, Connotations,  a collection of student’s writing, art, and photography. Every year, a staff is selected, and for the first semester, staff receive submissions that they consider, or reject, in anonymous review. In the second semester, students then design, and publish the annual magazine.

Some contributors and staff members of Connotations will read selections from the upcoming annual at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville.

Connotations is a testament to the creativity that resides in Fayetteville High School, and has received numerous awards from both the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the Arkansas Scholastic Press Association.

Connotations is proud to be in its 35th year, and will be publishing the annual magazine this spring.  It will be available for sale later this spring.

The March 27 feature program will be preceded and followed by open-mic sessions, where any audience member can present works of verse or prose, their own or that of others, within a strict 4-minute time limit.

The program as always is free, but donations are welcome. While all ages are welcome, spoken-word performers sometimes use adult themes and words, so parents are cautioned.

The monthly presentation ends by 8:30. The bookstore is open during our time for browsing and purchases.

Dan Bradt Brilliant Poet Features Feb. 27

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Dan BradtDan Bradt,  a recent New York transplant, will read from his book Bits and Pieces of My Mind. His poetry delves into philosophical principles, mysterious encounters in the world of romance, joyful pastimes, daring feats of inspirational bravery and strength, silliness, and interlocked oneness of what makes our biological makeup so much different from metallic, programmed robots.

Bradt has a unique perspective on American culture and the world.

Jori Costello January 30, 2018 at Nightbird Books. Fayetteville. 7 P. M.

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Jori Costello

Jori Costello

Jori Costello is excited to be celebrating 21 years in NW Arkansas; every one of them rich with the Fayetteville music and arts scene. After successfully touring nationally for 7 years with Big Bad Gina, Jori is happy to be home and more involved with the community, performing with her longtime art rock duo, Jorian Oxygen, or collaborating with chakra rocker, Ginger Doss. For OPWC, Jori wants to take this opportunity to share new songs from her recent involvement with the year long Soulwriters Songwriting group.


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