All ages are welcome at OPWC. The featured performance starts at 7:30 p.m. An open mic is a vital part of the evening. Each open mic performer gets up to four minutes to read original works or verse written by others. Our audiences famously encourage open mic readers. The main feature as well as the open mikers perform censorship free; strong language is sometimes used. After the guest reader, a hat is passed to provide the guest a small stipend and to help fund future readings. The collective has been honored with donation of a new book of poetry every month from the University of Arkansas Press — and the raffle is free! Often, featured readers offer their own books and chapbooks (and sometimes CDs and DVDs) for sale, autographed.
Jo McDougall is the author of five books of poetry: The Woman in the Next Booth, BkMk Press/University of Missouri-Kansas City; Towns Facing Railroads and From Darkening Porches, University of Arkansas Press; and, most recently, Dirt and Satisfied with Havoc, Autumn House Press, Pittsburgh. Her memoir, Daddy’s Money: A Memoir of Farm and Family, focuses on growing up on a rice farm in the Arkansas delta.