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Molly Bess Rector lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she co-curates the Open Mouth Reading Series—a community-based poetry series that hosts monthly readings by visiting writers, as well as workshops and retreats. Molly earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansas and currently works as project editor for the University of Arkansas Press. She is the recipient of residencies from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Vermont Studio Center, and she served as the inaugural poetry editor for The Arkansas International. Molly has also been awarded a grant by the Artists 360 program to write poems exploring the human elements of nuclear technology. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Nimrod International Journal, Raleigh Review, SAND, and The Boiler, among others.

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Novelist Elle Nash, Essayist Guy Choat to Read September 25

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The Idle Class magazine will curate the September meeting of Ozark Poets and Writers. We will feature Fayetteville novelist Elle Nash, author of Animals Eat Each Other, and North Little Rock essayist Guy Choate, founder of the Argenta Reading Series.

The program is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25. The venue is different for this month only — Nomad’s Lounge,  1431 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville. Why the move? It’s the day before the annual Bikes Blues & BBQ, which that evening will be in the process of taking over Dickson Street.

Guy earned a Master of Fine Arts at the University of New Orleans, is an Army veteran and lives in Central Arkansas with his wife and son.

Elle is a founding editor at Witch Craft Magazine, a fiction editor at Hobart Pulp and lives in the Ozarks with her husband and their dog.

The monthly program of the Ozark Poets & Writers Collective begins and ends with open mic for audience members. They’re invited to perform the poetry or prose of themselves or others with a 4-minute limit. The OPWC program is free, but donations are welcome. While we welcome all ages, be warned that language and themes can be mature.

During the program, a book donated by the University of Arkansas Press will be given away. Nightbird Books will be open during our program so do consider buying books, magazine or stationery items, or refreshments. Support local bookstores and local business!

Come have some drinks, a bite to eat and maybe sign up for the open mic. See you there!

Performance Artist Jules Taylor Set for Aug. 28 Program

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Jules Taylor

OPWC is proud to welcome Jules Taylor to the stage of Nightbird Books in Fayetteville. The program is 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.

As a rostered Arkansas Arts Council teaching artist, Jules Taylor has taught and directed youth theater at Arts Live Theatre for almost 15 years.

She is also a Trike Theatre artist, acting in Digging Up Arkansas, teaching Arkansas history through theater and music to grade school students. She has performed in every county in Arkansas and soon will perform her 500th show.

She is Ms. Jules of Shaky Bugs, performing to the under-5 crowd in a song and dance extravaganza.

Outside of youth performance and teaching, Jules is a team member of Phunbags Comedy Improv and a company member of Ceramic Cow Productions.

Represented by Actor’s Casting Agency, she can be seen in the films Gordon Family Tree, Valley Inn and others. She is also on the board of the Fayetteville Film Fest.

The monthly program of the Ozark Poets & Writers Collective begins and ends with open mic for audience members. They’re invited to perform the poetry or prose of themselves or others with a 4-minute limit. The OPWC program is free, but donations are welcome. While we welcome all ages, be warned that language and themes can be mature.

During the program, a book donated by the University of Arkansas Press will be given away. Nightbird Books will be open during our program so do consider buying books, magazine or stationery items, or refreshments. Support local bookstores and local business!

Rebecca Newth Harrison at Nightbird Books, June 26th, 7 p.m.

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Rebecca Newth, born in Lansing, Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University in the class with other writers that included Jim Harrison, Dan Gerber and Tom McGuane. She married John A. Harrison who was an able encourager both to his brother and to Rebecca.

At Harvard where John was a librarian, they visited Widener Library and local bookshops in Harvard Square, especially Gordon Carney’s shop. Rebecca was first published by Sumac Press, a Press co-founded by Dan Gerber and Jim Harrison.

Her second book, A Journey Whose Bones Are Mine, was published by Truck Press at Yale where John was a librarian. A third book was published by Open Book Press of Station Hill Press. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Humanities Council, a young adult award from the Arkansas Historical Society, and has published 11 books.  Her most recent book is a volume of poetry Mid-Air Apostle.

She says of her poetry, “I mean to communicate, but i do not always burn one log right next to another.”  She has also published a memoir, Milk Horses, and four children’s books also.

Please join us to enjoy Rebecca’s feature and to encourage the writing community in NWA.  An open mic is held before and after the feature presentation.  Bring 4 minutes of your own or others’ work to share. Each month the University of Arkansas Press provides a volume of poetry to give away in a drawing. Nightbird Books an independent bookstore has been very gracious to host OPWC for several years. Come early to check out their book selection.

 

Southern Gothic Writer Nancy Hartney to Read May 29

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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.

Awards

  • 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

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