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UA’s Spring 2017 Readings

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The Program in Creative Writing & Translation of the University of Arkansas Department of English has announced the season’s literary events. While several events already have occurred, the entire announcement follows, with a few annotations.

This spring offers up a number of terrific readings and literary events featuring students, faculty, and visiting writers of the Program in Creative Writing & Translation. We hope to see you at a future event!

  • March 7, 7 p.m., Human Environmental Sciences building auditorium — Reading by Clare Cavanagh, Walton Visiting Writer in Translation
  • March 10, 6 p.m., Nightbird Books — Book launch for MFA alum Jane Blunschi
  • March 14, 7 p.m., The Nines — Open Mouth presents The Conversation Lit Festival’s Black Mecca reading
  • March 15, 6 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library — Reading by professor of poetry Michael Heffernan
  • March 16, 6 p.m., Nightbird Books — Reading by author Beverly Lowry
  • March 30, 6 p.m., Nightbird Books — Alum Erika Carter reads from her debut novel Lucky YouCalled “a marvel of a book” on NPR, this novel has been featured in Elle and Marie Claire, and was an official selection of the Book of the Month Club.
  • March 30, 8 p.m., Stage 18 — The Arkansas International issue 2 fundraiser: live music, signature drinks, great literature!
  • April 6, 6 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library — Reading by Ralph Adamo, MFA alumnus & poet
  • April 7, 7 p.m., Giffels Auditorium, Old Main  — Fourth-year MFA Reading: Brody Craig, Michelle Myers, Molly Rector
  • April 14, 7 p.m., Giffels Auditorium, Old Main — Fourth-year MFA Reading: Jesse Irwin, Emily Lerner, Larissa Lewis
  • April 27, 7:30 p.m., Nightbird Books — Alum Steve Yates reads from his new novel The Legend of the Albino Farm
  • April 28, 7 p.m., Giffels Auditorium, Old Main — Fourth-year MFA Reading: Caroline Beimford, Megan Downey
  • May 4, 6:30 p.m., Fayetteville Public Library — Arkansas International Readings & Launch Celebration

LR’s Phil Martin Reads Sept. 27 for OPWC

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Philip Martin

Philip Martin

Philip Martin — the Little Rock-based columnist, critic and all-round wordsmith — is the feature for the Sept. 27 program of the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective. The program is at Nightbird Books and begins at 7 p.m.

“Martin has won more than 40 regional and national awards for his columns at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has authored three books, co-authored a fourth, and has even recorded three albums,” writes Richard Massey in a profile of Martin in the Sept. 22, 2016, edition of the Fayetteville Free Weekly. The article includes a number of details about Martin’s life and artistic career.

OPWC’s monthly programs are free but donations are welcome. Audience members are invited to participate in our open mic sessions, which precede and follow the featured writer. All ages are welcome to this public event, but the Collective does not censor and any speaker may well address mature subjects using raw language.

OPWC Presents Fiction Writer Kody Ford Aug. 30

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Kody Ford

Kody Ford

Kody Ford, publisher of regional arts and literature journal The Idle Class, is the featured reader at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at Nightbird Books.

An open mic will take place before and after him. Nightbird is at 205 W. Dickson St. in Fayetteville. The Ozark Poets and Writers Collective event is free to the public, but donations are welcome.

Ford’s medium is fiction, and he will read some of his short stories Tuesday.

The El Dorado, Arkansas, native moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2005. Ford holds a degree in communications and writing from the University of Central Arkansas and a master’s in communication from the University of Arkansas.

This information is taken from an article by Richard Massey. The full version of Massey’s profile “Magazine Publisher Kody Ford Stoked for Nightbird Reading” was published in the August 25, 2016, edition of the Fayetteville Free Weekly.

Kelly Mulhollan Featured July 26, Reading from his New Book

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Songwriter and author Kelly Mulhollan

Songwriter and author Kelly Mulhollan
Photo courtesy http://www.stillonthehill.com

Known far and wide for his work with prolific folk music duo Still on the Hill, Kelly Mulhollan will celebrate a different talent, that of author, when he takes the podium Tuesday evening, July 26, 2016, at Nightbird Books, writes Richard Massey for the Ozark Poets and Writers Collective.

Mulhollan will read from True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley. Published by the University of Arkansas Press in 2015, Mulhollan’s text and associated photographs tell the amazing story of primitive Ozarks musician and guitar maker Ed Stilley.

True Faith, True Light   Kelly Mulhollan Photography by Kirk Lanier Introduction by Robert CochranThe rest of the article can be read at “Folk Musician Kelly Mulhollan Headlines Monthly Nightbird Event” in the Fayetteville Free Weekly.

[Update, July 26, 2016] The UA Press page on True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley notes that the many photographs are by Kirk Lanier and opens with an introduction by Robert Cochran, a UA English professor, chair of American studies and director of its Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies.

The publisher’s link above is to encourage book buyers to find this volume at their local independent bookseller. In Fayetteville, that’s Nightbird Books.

Kelly has posted a number of video and audio clips on Ed’s instruments and how they sound.

Gregory and the Princess – Nov. 24 Reading

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Richard Massey to Read as OPWC’s Featured Writer

By Robert Laurence

Richard Massey

Richard Massey

Gregory of Bordeaux, in service of the powerful Earl of Southampton. Princess Gwenllian of Wales, her father murdered by the King, in prison in the remote English village of Sempringham. The Church of Rome. Edward I. Bad guys galore. This is the stuff of Richard Massey’s historical novel, The Southampton Chronicle, set in late 13th-century England.

Richard Massey will read from his new novel at the November meeting of the Ozarks Poets and Writers Collective, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24 at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. The public is invited. Refreshments and words are available for purchase, but listening is for free.

The Southampton Chronicle is in the final stages of production with Fayetteville-based Oghma Creative Media, and will publish in the near future.

The novel follows the travels of Gregory, a modest merchant and insightful chronicler in the service of the powerful earl. He sets out on his journey thinking he will be a simple observer, but as the parchments are compiled over three years of travel and imprisonment, Gregory finds that his own fate, indeed, is at the heart of the story.

Massey will read from the book’s Chapter 17 at Nightbird. Titled “Princess Gwenllian of Wales,” this chapter is found late in the book, when Gregory has already been branded an outlaw and his enemies are in pursuit, even as he pursues his assignment to chronicle the affairs of the land. To that end, he stops off at Sempringham for a glimpse and possible interview of the princess, shuttered away by the Church for the misdeeds of her father. (The Princess, the Earl, the King and the Church are all real, historical characters. Gregory is Massey’s invention.) Perhaps he should have kept on riding. But perhaps not. Gregory himself would have been the better for it, but Massey’s readers would not. Here is an excerpt:

“Gregory had never backed down from speaking his own name, but if word had spread he was a horse thief, then he could be strung up by anyone, at any time, from any tree, without fear of repercussion. The townspeople now hiding in their homes could just as easily pour out and surround him. The thought gave him pause, and for a moment he considered climbing back up on his horse and leaving Sempringham. But Gregory doubted word had made it down this bramble-strewn rabbit trail, at least not yet.”

A native Texan (for which he is forgiven), Massey has lived in New England, the Midwest and the Deep South. He settled in Northwest Arkansas in 2007. A career reporter with over a decade of experience, he has written everything from fluff features to hardcore crime stories. While he’s been to just about every juke house on the Mississippi Delta, he also appreciates the Rembrandt collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from the Ohio State University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi.

Please join the OPWC as we welcome Richard Massey to the lectern again for another night in the Middle Ages. Before and after his reading, the microphone will be open for four minutes apiece of prose or poetry, memoir or verse, sermon or rant, whatever or what-have-you from members of the community. The language can be frank and the topics adult. All are welcome. See you in Sempringham, circa 1395.

This is the last Collective meeting of 2015. It does not meet in December, by tradition. See you again on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016.

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