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Upcoming Events

[CANCELLED] Workshop: Imaginary Worlds
with Kathryn Nuernberger and Jenny Molberg

March 13, 2020 at 3:00 PM, Pink House Alchemy

[CANCELLED] Open Mouth Presents: Kathryn Neurnberger and Jenny Molberg

March 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM, Nomads Trailside

[CANCELLED] Writing Poems Using Non-Literary Forms
with Steve Bellin-Oka

April 12, 2020 at 2:00 PM, Location TBA

[CANCELLED] Open Mouth Presents: Steve Bellin-Oka

April 12, 2020 at 7:00 PM, Nomads Southtown

with Jennifer Givhan

May 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM, Location TBA

[CANCELLED] Open Mouth Presents: Jennifer Givhan

May 17, 2020 at 7:00 PM, Nomads Southtown

Open Mouth Poetry Retreat
with torrin a. greathouse & Jake Skeets

June 5–8, 2020, Mt. Sequoyah Center

Open Mouth Presents: torrin a. greathouse & Jake Skeets

June 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM, Mt. Sequoyah, Parker Hall

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The Open Mouth Reading Series is a community-based poetry series located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We host a monthly reading featuring poets whose work we love. We also host an annual fall festival, workshops, and a summer poetry retreat featuring visiting faculty.


We are a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit, and every dollar you contribute goes toward providing additional programming to the Northwest Arkansas community. We hope you’ll take part in our vision!


Changes to our upcoming schedule

Due to the developing situation with CoVID-19, Open Mouth is cancelling several of our upcoming events, hopefully to reschedule in the near future. We care about the health, safety and comfort of our community as well as that of our guest readers, and encourage all to continue to monitor the situation and make responsible decisions to protect their health and well-being. We'll get back to our regular schedule as soon as we can!

Fund a Scholarship for our 2020 Retreat!


Thank you to everyone who replied to our summer poetry retreat with torrin a. greathouse and Jake Skeets! We had a record number of scholarship requests this year. Tuition is $350, and we would like to help this retreat be feasible for as many poets as possible. If you would like to help by funding a scholarship or partial scholarship, please email us at to set it up.

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Help Open Mouth bring more poets to NWA!


Open Mouth's


continues to grow

every year, and

we'll soon be able

to announce

the lineup for the

first half of 2020!

In the past several

months, we've been in touch with wonderful authors who want to visit Arkansas for the first time, but have had to turn us down because we can't provide travel funding. All our current funding goes to paying reader stipends, and expenses related to hosting and to special programs. That's why we're launching a travel funding campaign! Our goal is to raise $6,000 by the end of January 2020, which would enable us to pay for flights and/or gas mileage for every visiting writer in the coming year.


If you'd like to help us make sure poets reach our community, you can donate via PayPal, sign up to give regularly on Patreon, or contribute to our traveling poets fund on GoFundMe. Every little bit counts!