Ozark Poets & Writers Collective

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…

Teenage Writers, Reading Aloud

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By Robert Laurence They have a reputation to uphold. Thirty years of publication, on-time and never missed. Multiple recognitions of national excellence by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Front cover to back, a publication to take pride in. “They” are the editors and writers, the artists and production designers of Connotations, the award-winning literary magazine…

High Strangeness

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By Robert Laurence In 1963, in Kansas City at the age of 14, Geoffrey Oelsner knows — “senses” would be the wrong word — without being told that his grandmother has a stomach ache. In 2011, in the Evelyn Hills parking lot, Oelsner witnesses a mind-bending telekinetic event, as the locked door of his parked…

British Novelist to Explore Arab Life at Reading

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By Ben S. Pollock Conway is only the latest stop for the peripatetic Englishman Garry Craig Powell, but he has been teaching creative writing at the University of Central Arkansas since 2004. He walks the talk, too — his novel Stoning the Devil was released in August by the British publisher Skylight Press. Powell will…

An Evening of Flash Fiction

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Staff Report “Nothing squeezes an idea like boundaries,” says Tom Wilkerson, one of nine writers whose work will be featured Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in An Evening of Flash Fiction at Nightbird Books. The reading will deliver a series of very short stories — 600 words or fewer — in rapid succession, creating the…