Who are we? The Ozark Poets & Writers Collective is a non-profit organization devoted to the joys of the spoken and written word. We are based in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
* To support and promote community involvement in Ozark literary arts.
* To encourage an appreciation of local writers by providing access to their work through readings, publications, workshops, and other events and activities as demand and need become evident.
* To ensure that the experience of writing and reading remain a vital part of life in the Ozarks.
Writers Roster & Outreach
OPWC provides poets for various activities in our community. We have gone into the schools from the elementary to high-school level giving readings and leading mini-workshops. Our poets have provided entertainment at various functions and benefits in the Northwest Arkansas area. News about OPWC often is published in the Northwest Arkansas Times and Fayetteville Free Weekly.
OPWC, the Main Event
On the last Tuesday evening of each month, OPWC presents a featured reader and open mike. Our guest poets comprise local, regional and national artists, from Miller Williams and Mohja Kahf to Dannye Romine Powell and Naomi Shihab Nye. Admission is free—not that we mind modest donations. We now meet at Nightbird Books in Fayetteville’s Mill District, Sixth Street at U.S. 71B.
See Events for general information and heads’-ups on upcoming shows. And, check out the Collective’s poetry column in the Northwest Arkansas Times, profiling our July feature, the Ozark Slam Team.
Nightbird BooksThe collective is proud to have as a host Fayetteville’s locally owned independent bookstore Nightbird, 557 S. School Ave., No. 103. It is a member the American Booksellers Association, with access to the collected wisdom and experience of the Book Sense network of independent bookstores across the United States.
Nightbird Books and the Collective on our night will offer for sale or donation a variety of snacks and beverages. All ages are welcome at Nightbird Books!
The featured performance starts at 7:30 p.m. An open mic is a vital part of the evening. Each open mic performer gets up to four minutes to read original works or verse written by others. Our audiences famously encourage open mic readers. The main feature as well as the open mikers perform censorship free; strong language is sometimes used.
After the guest reader, a hat is passed to provide the guest a small stipend and to help fund future readings. The collective has been honored with donation of a new book of poetry every month from the University of Arkansas Press—and the raffle is free! Often, featured readers offer their own books and chapbooks (and sometimes CDs and DVDs) for sale, autographed.
Contact the OPWC
Be traditional! Write us at
P.O. Box 3717
Fayetteville, AR 72702-3717