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Open Mouth Presents: A Reading with Leonora Simonovis and Suzanne Underwood Rhodes

sun09jan7:00 pmsun8:30 pmOpen Mouth Presents: A Reading with Leonora Simonovis and Suzanne Underwood Rhodes

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Join us on Sunday, January 09, 2022 at 7:00pm Central for readings by featured poets Leonora Simonovis and Suzanne Underwood Rhodes. The reading will be preceded by a round of introductory readings TBA. Register here:

ACCESS NOTES: The reading will take place virtually via Zoom with Zoom auto captions, and an ASL interpreter will be present. Access copies of all poems will be provided via Google Docs.

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 December 26th 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.

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.

Sponsors for this program include our Open Mouth supporters on Patreon 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.

Recommended for attendees 16 years and above.


Leonora Simonovis’s first poetry collection, Study of the Raft, is the winner of the 2021 Colorado Prize for Poetry. She is a bilingual poet, mother, and educator who grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and currently lives in San Diego, CA. She received her MFA in Poetry at Antioch University, Los Angeles and teaches Latin American literature and creative writing in Spanish at the University of San Diego. Her work has appeared in Gargoyle, Kweli Journal, Diode Poetry Journal, Inverted Syntax, and the American Journal of Poetry, among others. She is currently interested in the connections between language and the land in the face of environmental challenges.

Suzanne Underwood Rhodes is a poet, writer and teacher living in Fayetteville. She’s the author of several books of poetry and lyrical prose, including her most recent, Flying Yellow (Paraclete Press). Her poems, which have been nominated for the Pushcart prize and have won several awards, appear frequently in journals, books, and anthologies, such as Slant, Image, Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Christian Century, Words and Quilts, and others. Suzanne teaches virtual poetry workshops through the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia, and serves on the executive board of the Poet’s Roundtable of Arkansas.

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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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