On the last Tuesday of every month (except December) OPWC features regional and nationally acclaimed writers of verse and prose. An open mic for audience members is a vital part of the evening.
We meet at Nightbird Books, 205 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville. All ages are welcome to the Collective program, but be cautioned that the language and themes of contemporary poetry and fiction can be raw. Nightbird’s books and gifts will be for sale as well. Featured readers often offer their books and chapbooks (and sometimes CDs and DVDs) for sale, and are happy to autograph them.
- Feb. 28, 2017 — University of Central Arkansas creative writing professor Sandy Longhorn, winner of the 2016 Porter Fund Literary Prize
- March 28, 2017 — We welcome back novelist Richard Massey
- April 25, 2017 — Contributors to Connotations, the award-winning literary journal of Fayetteville High School
- May 30, 2017 — We welcome back acclaimed Arkansas poet Jo McDougall
- June 27, 2017 — We welcome back poet Ronnie K. Stephens
- July 25, 2017 — We welcome back Fayetteville poet Gerald Sloan
- Aug. 29, 2017 — Fayetteville novelist and poet J.B. Hogan
The collective is proud to have as a host Fayetteville’s locally owned independent bookstore Nightbird. It is a member of the American Booksellers Association, specifically its IndieBound program for independent bookstores and their fans. Nightbird Books offers beverages and tasty snacks. Buy a book, get a free coffee.
All ages are welcome at Nightbird Books.
Monthly Featured Readers
Here is how the Ozark Poets & Writers Collective chooses the featured artist for its monthly program.
The collective schedules its programs months in advance. We rarely audition formally, nor do we accept everyone who requests.
The board often picks featured writers by:
- Recommendation of at least two board members.
- Studying a creative writer’s published works plus video or audio (often via the writer’s website or social network page). and/or
- Seeing the writer doing 4-minute sets at many OPWC open mic’s.
We turn down some requesting writers because they don’t seem to have 30-45 minutes of top material or have a proven stage presence. We tell them that maybe with another year or two of writing and open mic’s or similar endeavors they may meet those two criteria, when we’ll reconsider.