The Open Mouth Poetry Festival brings six poets- and other unsung voices of the community- to multiple venues across Fayetteville this autumn, contributing to the city's literary legacy.  

"Our events are good for people who feel like they aren't deeply involved in the poetry community," says founder and organizer Molly Bess Rector. "We also invite members of the community to be a part of it. If you just find something that moves you, we invite you to share that as well."

The Open Mouth Reading Series is in its third year of bringing community-based poetry to Northwest Arkansas. This month's poetry festival runs from Oct.29 - Nov. 2 and will feature a special Halloween showcase on the spookiest night of the year. The event, at Stage Eighteen in Fayetteville, will include a poetry slam, costume contest--with categories ranging from best zombie poet to emo monster--and lots of candy. 

A Memoir in Verse

Jul 24, 2017

Gerry Sloan's new collection of poems, Crossings, considers the past and present.

Matt Henriksen from The Dickson Street Bookshop stopped by recently to celebrate National Poetry Month. He reads Besmilr Brigham's 'For the Phosphorous Heart'.

Remembering C.D. Wright

Jan 18, 2016

The Arkansas writer C. D. Wright died last week.  In June, 1995 she talked to us about her project honoring other Arkansas writers.