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Open Mouth Presents: A Reading with J. Bailey Hutchinson

sun10apr7:00 pmsun8:30 pmOpen Mouth Presents: A Reading with J. Bailey Hutchinson

Event Details

Join us on Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 7:00pm Central for a reading by featured poet J. Bailey Hutchinson. The reading will be preceded by a round of single-poem introductory readings by Geffrey Davis, David Brunson, Peter Mason, Hiba Tahir, Jami Padgett, Cal Paule, Ivana Aponte (translated by David Brunson), Michelle Zamanian, Ashley Roach-Frieman, and Marlin M. Jenkins.

ACCESS NOTES: The reading will take place virtually via Zoom with Zoom auto captions. An ASL interpreter will be present. Access copies of poems will be made available via Google Docs. Our Access Statement will be read before we begin.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) service will be provided with advance request. To ensure that we have enough time to book and allow captioners to prepare, Please reach out to the Open Mouth team through Eventbrite or via email at by March 27 to request CART service.

Register for the virtual reading by clicking on the “Registration” button on the Eventbrite page, donating any amount you can, and entering the required fields. You will receive an email with the Zoom information.

Recommended for attendees 16 years and above.

SUPPORT OUR WORK: Suggested donation of $5.

Every donation to Open Mouth Literary Center supports our programming, ASL interpreters, and feature poets. Become a monthly patron on Patreon or make a one-time donation at our PayPal.

Support for Open Mouth Literary Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from our supporters on Patreon, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the ARt Connect Program. The ARt Connect program is generously supported by the Walmart Foundation and implemented by Mid-America Arts Alliance in partnership with the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange (CACHE) of the Northwest Arkansas Council. Additional support for Mid-America Arts Alliance is from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.


J. Bailey Hutchinson is from Memphis, Tennessee. She earned her MFA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where she served as assistant director of the Open Mouth Literary Center. She is an associate editor at Milkweed Editions, and her work can be found in Muzzle Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Ninth Letter, among other publications. She lives in Minneapolis.


The poet J. Bailey Hutchinson is visible from the shoulders up. She smiles slightly while making direct eye contact with the camera; she wears a black turtleneck under an orange, purple, and green patterned jacket; she is wearing pink glasses and maroon lipstick, she wears dark brown hair down. Photo by Petra Lee.

Author photo appears next to the words “Open Mouth Presents A Reading With J. Bailey Hutchinson April 10 2022” on a light blue background. The Open Mouth logo—an outline drawing of a mouth with big lips that are wide open to show the teeth and tongue—is behind the text. Logos for our sponsors also appear. The presence of ASL interpretation is indicated by the interpreting hands logo.

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(Sunday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Open Mouth Literary Center

Open Mouth Literary Center is a community-based literary organization located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, founded by poets M. D. Myers and Molly Bess Rector in October of 2015. Each month, we host a monthly reading and generative writing workshop featuring one poet (sometimes more!) whose work we love. The featured reading is preceded by readings from up to ten members of our community, who read a single poem each in rapid succession. We also host an annual fall festival and a summer poetry retreat featuring visiting faculty, as well as a residency for local poets. In 2020, we began working with an accessibility consultant to learn about inclusive design and common accessibility gaps in the literary community. We are working to ensure access to our readings and workshops providing access copies, captioning, and ASL interpretation services, seeking physical locations designed with accessibility in mind, by making our programs available online.

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