In 1994 the poet C.D. Wright created a literary map of Arkansas, and the University of Arkansas Press published it as part of her Lost Roads project. The map highlights and affirms the great number of worthy writers whom Arkansas has nurtured. This updated version, redesigned and with new parameters for inclusion, was created with full permission of Wright and the UA Press.
Arkansas is still relatively small in population, close-knit, and uniquely tied to the land. These are among the factors in its distinctive literary heritage, which ranges from John Gould Fletcher to Maya Angelou, Charles Portis to Padma Viswanathan —a diverse group of writers of different eras, styles, and genres. The Readers’ Map will play a vital role by honoring both old and new writers who contribute to the rich culture of Arkansas literature.
On September 9th, Nightbird Books will host an evening of readings from a few of the authors included on the new Readers' Map. Kevin Brockmeier, Padma Viswanathan, Matt Henriksen, and Brad Carter will all read from their own books. We will have copies of the map available for purchase as well as books from each of the authors reading.