Ozark Poets & Writers Collective

Two Guys Telling Jokes

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By Robert Laurence Did you hear the one about the two comedians who walked into a bookstore? The January meeting of the Ozarks Poets and Writers Collective, 7 p.m., Jan. 28, at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville, will introduce as Featured Performers two local comedians, Steve Holst and Taylor Henschell. There is no…

West On The West

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By Robert Laurence In the past year, the Ozarks Poets and Writers Collective has presented as Featured Writers two short-story writers, three memoirists, two poets, a novelist and two playwrights, plus an eclectic group of writers from Fayetteville High. What’s missing? Elliott West, professor of history at the University of Arkansas, will fill the gap…

Author Encapsulates Spirit of Dead Actress

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By Cat Donnelly “I’m tired. I’m tired. Those of you that I love know who you are. May God bless you.” are the words from the suicide note of singer/Tony award-winning actress, Phyllis Hyman. Based on actual events, Meet Me on the Moon by Clinnesha D. Sibley is a one-woman show encapsulating Phyllis’ influences including…

The Treasure Of Pleasant Memories

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By Robert Laurence “It is never possible,” writes Fayetteville’s Oda Mulloy in the introduction to her just-published memoir, “it is never possible to close out the past.” Far from closing it out, that memoir, “I Grew Up in a Castle” (Will Hall Books, 2012), opens the past up for author and reader alike, a past…

The Rime Of The Non-Traditionalist

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By Robert Laurence Sometimes Michael Heffernan rhymes: “the idiot” (2013) – night with fright – next with unperplexed. And has for a long time: “Lines from the Interior” (1988) – numbers with slumbers – motivated with exasperated. (And later in this poem, he impishly rhymes rime, as in frost, with rhyme, as in poetry.) But…