Frank Stanford Literary Festival

September 21-22, 2018 | Multiple Venues


Ten years ago, a gathering of more than 100 poets from across the country assembled in Fayetteville, Arkansas to read the poems of Frank Stanford and celebrate the vibrant work of other outsider artists.


In September 2018, we invite you to join us again for readings, conversations, and festivities in honor of Stanford’s creative work and of the artistic community he championed.


The festival intersects with the reemergence of Stanford's work in print, new possibilities for scholarship, and his enduring relevance as an innovative and influential artist, even as we recognize the complicated nature of Stanford's legacy.


We will also celebrate the work of fellow Arkansas-born poet and Lost Roads co-founder, the late C.D. Wright, the continuing work of Lost Roads Publishers, and the array of poets influenced by Stanford and Wright who continue to work, as Stanford charged, to “reclaim the landscape of American poetry.”


The festival will include tribute readings, readings by active poets, panels and conversations, film screenings, special guests, and a marathon reading of Stanford and Wright’s work.


Hosted by Open Mouth Readings and Typo Magazine, the Frank Stanford Literary Festival will be free and open to the public. We seek sponsorships and private donations to pay for venues, support special guests, and cover our costs. Please donate here with a note about your sponsorship or query to add your support.



Friday, September 21


» 6–9 p.m. » “With the Approach of the Oak“: an Open Mouth and Typo Reading » Fenix Gallery

with Marty Cain, Adam Clay, C. Violet Eaton, Whit Griffin, MC Hyland, Canese Jarboe, Shannon Jonas, Megan Kaminski, Sara Nicholson, Thibault Raoult, Abraham Smith, Bronwen Tate, Shannon Tharp, Wendy Trevino, and Amish Trivedi with music by Greg Brownderville

» 10 p.m.–12 a.m. » “Let’s Put on a Pot of Coffee and Write All Night”: a Late Night Poetry Reading » Nightbird Books

Samuel Binns, Greg Brownderville, C.S. Carrier, Brody Parrish Craig, C. Violet Eaton, Nat Fisher, Lea Graham, Zach Harrod, J. Bailey Hutchinson, Scotty Lewis, Peter Mason, Aidan Ryan, Mark Spitzer, and Brandon Thurman, and Mike Young

Saturday September 22

Unless otherwise specified, all events at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church North Parish Hall

ALL DAY » Panels and Readings «&» Small Press Book Fair and Break Room


 » 9–10 a.m. »  Panel Like a Song of Hog Blood: New Directions of Frank Stanford Scholarship 

with Ata Moharreri, Aidan Ryan, Susan Scarlata, Murray Shugars, and Bronwen Tate

» 10–10:15 a.m. »  Reading of Stanford works


» 10:15–11:15 a.m. » Panel: Queering the Moonlight of the Clitoris: On the Bodily in Stanford's Poetry

with Canese Jarboe, Brody Parrish Craig, Ashley Goedker, Megan Kaminski, and Amish Trivedi

» 11:15–11:30 a.m. »  Reading of Stanford works

» 11:30 a.m–12:30 p.m. » Panel: Poetic Community and “Outsider” Geographies

with Marty Cain, J. Bailey Hutchinson, Wendy Trevino, and M.C. Hyland



» 1:15–2 p.m. » “It Was a Flood”: Frank Stanford’s Life in Film

with John Burcham Erwin, Graham Hamilton, Zach Harrod, and Bill Willett



» 2–2:15 p.m. » Graham Hamilton Presents As a Friend 


» 2:15–3 p.m. » Forrest Gander Reads from Be With

» 3–5 p.m. (drop in) » *at University of Arkansas Special Collections (365 N. McIlroy Avenue)

showing of Frank Stanford, C. D. Wright, and besmilr brigham collections, remarks at 4 p.m. by Ralph Adamo


» 7–7:30 p.m. » Deborah Luster on One Big Self

» 7:30–8:30 p.m. drop in » Panel: “When You Take the Lost Road”: On Creative Communities

with Adam Clay and Matthew Henriksen, Ralph Adamo, Forrest Gander, and Deborah Luster

» 8:30–9:30 p.m. drop in » Reading: Lost Roads Publishers

with Ralph Adamo, Jessica Baran, Rachel Moritz, and Cate Peebles, and a tribute to besmilr brigham by Susan Scarlata

» 9:30–10 p.m. drop in » Reading: C. D. Wright's One with Others



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Get Here


Events will take place in Fayetteville, Arkansas. All events will be walking distance from the downtown square.

The nearest airport is the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (airport code XNA), about a 25-minute drive from downtown Fayetteville. Lyft, Uber, and taxis all run between Fayetteville and XNA.

Locally-owned hotels nearby include Mt. Seqouyah Center, The Inn at Carnall Hall, Pratt Place Inn and Barn, The Chancellor Hotel, Dickson Street Inn, Hi Way Inn, Stay-Inn-Style, Chief Motel, and plenty of AirBnB and options. There are also several chain hotel options.