OPEN MOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL

October 12, 2019 | Fayetteville, Arkansas

Join us for the third annual Open Mouth Poetry Festival, a multi-venue 

celebration of poetry by local and visiting writers.

Workshop: Poetry and Place

with the US-China Poetry Dialogue

10:00 A.M. | Nightbird Books (205 W Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR 72701)

Poets Shu Ting, Zang Di, Mu Tan, Yuan Tian, Chen Zongyi, and Sun Xiaoya—traveling from all over China to Oklahoma and Arkansas to engage in dialogue with US poets—will host a dialogue and generative writing workshop engaging the poetry of place, connecting disparate cultural and geographic landscapes.

Find out more about the US-China Poetry Dialogue here.

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Workshop: Poetry as Incantation

with Hyejung Kook

1:00 P.M. | Smoke & Barrel Tavern (324 W Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR 72701)

During this generative workshop, we will consider poetry as performative utterance, as speech act—“Let there be light, and there was light.” We’ll read and discuss some examples of poetic incantations (spells, prayers, blessings, curses, etc.) before a guided freewrite where each participant will create a poem with a strongly directed intention. 

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Reading: Diannely Antigua

5:00 P.M. | The Nines Trailside (546 W Center St, Fayetteville, AR 72701)

Diannely Antigua is a Dominican American poet and educator, born and raised in Massachusetts. Her debut collection Ugly Music was the winner of the YesYes Books Pamet River Prize. She received her B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she won the Jack Kerouac Creative Writing Scholarship and received her MFA at NYU where she was awarded a Global Research Initiative Fellowship to Florence, Italy. She is the recipient of additional fellowships from CantoMundo, Community of Writers, and the Fine Arts Work Center Summer Program. Her work has been nominated for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Her poems can be found in Washington Square Review, Bennington Review, The Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. Her heart is in Brooklyn.

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Reading: Hyejung Kook

5:00 P.M. | The Nines Trailside (546 W Center St, Fayetteville, AR 72701)

Hyejung Kook's poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit, Half Mystic Radio, The Massachusetts Review, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Hyphen Magazine, and Pleiades. Other works include an essay in The Critical Flame and a chamber opera libretto. Hyejung was born in Seoul, Korea and now lives in Kansas with her husband and their two young children. She is a Fulbright grantee and a Kundiman fellow.

 

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with opening reading by 

Victoria Hudson

5:00 P.M. | The Nines Trailside (546 W Center St, Fayetteville, AR 72701)

Victoria Hudson is an MFA candidate and recipient of a Lily Peters Fellowship at the University of Arkansas. Her poems are published or forthcoming in jubilat, the Dunes Review, and Fogged Clarity. She is an Assistant Poetry Editor at the Arkansas International.

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Reading: Zaina Alsous

8:00 P.M. | Nomads Trailside (1863 N Pluto Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72703)

Zaina Alsous is an abolitionist, a daughter of the Palestinian diaspora, and a movement worker in South Florida. Her poetry, reviews, and essays have been published in the Boston Review, Bitch Magazine, the New Inquiry, Mask Magazine, Adroit, and elsewhere. She edits for Scalawag Magazine, a publication dedicated to unsettling dominant narratives of the U.S. South. Her chapbook Lemon Effigies won the Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize and was published by Anhinga Press. Her first full-length collection A Theory of Birds won the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, and was published by the University of Arkansas Press in fall of 2019.

This reading made possible by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas.

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Reading: Olatunde Osinaike

8:00 P.M. | Nomads Trailside (1863 N Pluto Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72703)

Olatunde Osinaike is a Nigerian-American poet and software developer originally from the West Side of Chicago. He is the author of the chapbooks Speech Therapy, a winner in The Atlas Review 2019 Chapbook Series (forthcoming) and The New Knew (Thirty West). A Best of the Net, Bettering American Poetry, and Pushcart Prize nominee, he is a finalist for the 2019 Gearhart Poetry Contest and placed 2nd for the 2019 Editor's Prize at RHINO Poetry. His most recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in publications such as Prelude, Puerto del Sol, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue, and the Columbia Poetry Review, as well as in the anthologies Best New Poets, 20.35 Africa, and New Poetry from the Midwest. He is currently on poetry staff at The Adroit Journal.

He received his B.S. in Engineering from Vanderbilt University and is an incoming M.S. candidate in Information Systems at Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in Human-Computer Interaction.

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with opening reading by 

Banah Ghadbian

8:00 P.M. | Nomads Trailside (1863 N Pluto Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72703)

Banah Ghadbian is a Syrian woman poet, jewelry maker, activist, and mermaid on land. She has a B.A. in Comparative Women’s Studies & Sociology from Spelman College and a masters from University California San Diego, where she is a PhD student in Ethnic Studies. Her research focuses on how Syrian women use creative resistance including poetry and theatre to survive multiple layers of violence. She coordinated a youth program in San Diego for displaced Syrian children that used yoga and art to help children heal from war trauma and has a long history of organizing and participating in similar projects from Amman to Atlanta. Her work is published in The Feminist Wire and was as a finalist in their 2015 poetry competition, As/Us: a journal for queer women in the world, the print anthology Passage & Place, Aunt Chloe: A Journal of Artful Candor, Sukoon: an Arab-themed literary magazine, and the Journal of Middle Eastern Women's Studies.

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Many thanks to the Fayetteville Public Library, the University of Arkansas Press, The Student Affairs Center for Multicultural & Diversity Education, and the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas for supporting this year's programming.

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