Third Annual Poetry Festival

October 11–12, 2019

Festival Features
Festival Features

Festival features Hyejung Kook, Diannely Antigua, Victoria Hudson, Zaina Alsous, Olatunde Osinaike, and Banah Ghadbian

US–China Poetry Dialogue Logo
US–China Poetry Dialogue Logo

The third annual Open Mouth Poetry Festival included a collaboration with the US–China Poetry Dialogue, which brings some of China's most famous poets to the US in odd years for dialogues about poetry and place.

Ozark Poets and Writers Collective
Ozark Poets and Writers Collective

The festival included a celebration of Ozark Poets and Writers Collective, which has been hosting DIY Poetry events in Fayetteville for 25 years.

Festival Features
Festival Features

Festival features Hyejung Kook, Diannely Antigua, Victoria Hudson, Zaina Alsous, Olatunde Osinaike, and Banah Ghadbian

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The Third Annual Poetry Festival took place in the fall of 2019 at various locations around Fayetteville, including University of Arkansas Center for Diversity and Multicultural Education, Smoke & Barrel Tavern, Nightbird Books, The Nines, Stage 18, and Nomad's Trailside. Poets Hyejung Kook, Diannely Antigua, Zaina Alsous, and Olatunde Osinaike featured, along with local poets Victoria Hudson and Banah Ghadbian. Events included a collaboration with the US–China Poetry Dialogue, which brings some of China's most famous poets to the United States in odd years to create community through dialogue about poetry and place. Poets Chen Zhongyi and Zang Di led a workshop on metaphor and sound for Open Mouth at Nightbird Books.

This program was supported by The University of Arkansas Press, The King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, the Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education, and our supporters on Patreon.

Harvest Workshop

September 6–7, 2019

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Davis | Gay | Yau | Hill

The four readers for the Harvest Reading and Night Angler Book Launch

Ross Gay
Ross Gay

Ross Gay reads from The Book of Delights at Fayetteville Public Library

Harvest Workshop
Harvest Workshop

Ross Gay chats with a harvest workshop participant in the garden at Apple Seeds, Inc.

Davis | Gay | Yau | Hill
Davis | Gay | Yau | Hill

The four readers for the Harvest Reading and Night Angler Book Launch

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The Harvest Workshop and Reading was a program that took place in September of 2019 in collaboration with Apple Seeds, Inc., a teaching farm based in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The workshop was led by poets Ross Gay and Gwendolyn Ann Hill and served students from a local high school as well as a group of community members, who were led in garden-based volunteer activities followed by a generative poetry writing session.

The program also included a public reading, which served as a book launch for Geffrey Davis's second book, Night Angler. Readers were Geffrey Davis, Ross Gay, Gwendolyn Ann Hill, and John Yau.

This program was supported by The Arkansas Arts Council, as well as  the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation, and The School of Art at the University of Arkansas, along with private donors and Open Mouth's supporters on Patreon. Nightbird Books, ArtVentures, Apple Seeds, Inc., ALLPS School of Innovation, and the Fayetteville Public Library provided collaborative support and space.

Writers for Migrant Justice

September 4, 2019

Noelia Cerna
Noelia Cerna

Poet Noelia Cerna reads at the Writers for Migrant Justice benefit reading at TASC.

Open Mic
Open Mic

The open mic portion of the evening gave space to community members of all backgrounds to share work related to migrant justice.

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WFM Banner

Writers for Migrant Justice participating series

Noelia Cerna
Noelia Cerna

Poet Noelia Cerna reads at the Writers for Migrant Justice benefit reading at TASC.

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Writers for Migrant Justice was a program that took place in September of 2019 in collaboration with TASC–The Station, as part of a national series of protest readings that happened on or around September 4 all over the nation, organized by poets Javier Zamora, Jan-Henry Gray, Anni Liu, and Christopher Soto. This program invited those from and invested in migrant communities to speak out against unjust immigration polices, and served as a fundraiser for a nonprofit working on this issue.

Second Annual Poetry Retreat

May 31–June 2, 2019

2019 Students and Faculty
2019 Students and Faculty

The 2019 Open Mouth Poetry Retreat cohort with Franny Choi and Nate Marshall in Parker Hall.

Franny Choi and Nate Marshall
Franny Choi and Nate Marshall

Faculty for the 2019 Open Mouth Poetry Retreat, Franny Choi and Nate Marshall

Downtime
Downtime

Reading and writing on the porch of Parker Hall during downtime between writing sessions.

2019 Students and Faculty
2019 Students and Faculty

The 2019 Open Mouth Poetry Retreat cohort with Franny Choi and Nate Marshall in Parker Hall.

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The Second Annual Generative Poetry Retreat took place in the summer of 2019 at Mt. Sequoyah Conference Center. Attended by 24 student from all over the nation, the retreat featured generative workshops and sought to build community around poetry in an environment that fosters writing. The program included a public reading by guest faculty Franny Choi and Nate Marshall.

This program was supported by The Arkansas International, the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation, and many students and volunteers.

Second Annual Poetry Festival

October 31–November 2, 2018

Dorothy Chan
Dorothy Chan

Dorothy Chan reads at Walton Arts Center

Kimberly Ann Southwick
Kimberly Ann Southwick

Kimberly Ann Southwick reads at Fenix Gallery

Open Mouth Poetry Festival 2018
Open Mouth Poetry Festival 2018

Dorothy Chan
Dorothy Chan

Dorothy Chan reads at Walton Arts Center

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The Second Annual Open Mouth Poetry Festival took place in fall of 2018 at various locations around Fayetteville, featuring poets Dorothy Chan, Brody Parrish Craig, Kimberly Ann Southwick, Peter Twal, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Nabila Lovelace, Emma Bolden, and Ashley Roach Freiman, with mini features by local poets Rodney Wilhite and Maximiliano Calabotta and music by Roy Pilgrim.

It was supported by Fenix Gallery, Walton Arts Center, the Nines, Stage 18, the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation, Gerry Sloan, and our supporters on Patreon.

 

Original broadsides of work each traveling featured poet were designed by local artists Ziba Rajabi, Zachary Meyer, MaKayla Songer, Taylor Lautner, Brandon Weston, and Claire Pincumbe.

Frank Stanford Festival

September 21–23, 2018

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The Frank Stanford Literary Festival in collaboration with Typo Magazine took place in September 2018 in various locations around Fayetteville, gathering poets from across the country to participate in readings, conversations, and festivities in honor of the poet Frank Stanford’s creative work and of the artistic community he championed.

 

The festival intersected 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 it recognized the complicated nature of Stanford's legacy. It also celebrated 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 included tribute readings, readings by active poets, panels and conversations, film screenings, special guests, and a marathon reading of Stanford and Wright’s work.

 

First Annual Poetry Retreat

May 31–June 2, 2018

Retreat Group Photo
Retreat Group Photo

All retreat attendees, volunteer staff, and faculty together outside Parker Hall at Mt. Sequoyah Conference Center.

Hanif Teaching
Hanif Teaching

Hanif Abdurraqib leads a generative writing session.

Eloisa Teaching
Eloisa Teaching

Eloisa Amezcua leads a writing session at the Open Mouth Poetry Retreat

Retreat Group Photo
Retreat Group Photo

All retreat attendees, volunteer staff, and faculty together outside Parker Hall at Mt. Sequoyah Conference Center.

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The First Annual Generative Poetry Retreat took place in the summer of 2018at Mt. Sequoyah Conference Center. Attended by 24 student from all over the nation, the retreat featured generative workshops and sought to build community around poetry in an environment that fosters writing. The program included a public reading by guest faculty Hanif Abdurraqib and Eloisa Amezcua.

This program was supported by The Arkansas International, the University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation, our Patreon Supporters, and many students and volunteers.

First Annual Poetry Festival

October 29–November 2, 2017

First Annual Poetry Festival
First Annual Poetry Festival

Sign at Arsaga's at the Depot

First Annual Poetry Festival
First Annual Poetry Festival

Ashley M Jones and Molly Bess Rector

First Annual Poetry Festival
First Annual Poetry Festival

Ashley M. Jones reads at ArtVentures.

First Annual Poetry Festival
First Annual Poetry Festival

Sign at Arsaga's at the Depot

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The First Annual Poetry Festival took place in the fall of 2017 at multiple venues around Fayetteville, featuring poets Seth Pennington, Bryan Borland, Ashley M. Jones, Janine Joseph, Caitlin Scarano, and Ashley Roach Freiman, with a mini features by local poets C. Violet Eaton, Sara Nicholson, Emmett Buckley, and Cody-Rose Clevidence, a Halloween poetry slam showcase emceed by Michelle Miesse and featuring Peter Mason, Kai Coggin, and Noelia Cerna. There were also short performances by participants in the Latinx Youth Theatre Project.

It was supported by ArtVentures NWA, Arsaga's at The Depot, the Nines, C. Violet Eaton, Sibling Rivalry Press, and Stage 18.

The Conversation

March 13–14, 2017

The Conversation Fellows
The Conversation Fellows

Nabila Lovelace, Jeremy Michael Clark, Aziza Barnes, and A. H. Jerriod Avant.

The Conversation
The Conversation

Jeremy Michael Clark, A. H. Jerriod Avant, Nabila Lovelace, and Aziza Barnes at The Nines Trailside.

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Conversation Logo

The Conversation Fellows
The Conversation Fellows

Nabila Lovelace, Jeremy Michael Clark, Aziza Barnes, and A. H. Jerriod Avant.

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The Conversation reading and workshop took place in the Spring of 2017, featuring a reading and workshop with Conversation literary fellows Nabila Lovelace, Aziza Barnes, Jeremy Michael Clark, and A. H. Jerriod Avant. The Conversation sought to investigate: what would a Black Mecca look like? Can it exist in the United States? After generations following the Great Migration, can a Black Mecca truly exist in the North? In the South? What does it mean to set up an autonomous space on the page as a Black writer? The Conversation investigated these questions through a dynamic evening of poetry readings and talks, as if from a front porch, for their ease and imagination shared between kin.

It was supported by the University of Arkansas’ Office of Diversity, Multicultural Center, Honors College, Creative Writing Program, and Graduate Students in English Congress, as well as The Nines and Nightbird Books.