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Open Mouth Presents: A Workshop with Allison Blevins

sun13mar2:00 pmsun3:30 pmOpen Mouth Presents: A Workshop with Allison BlevinsA virtual writing workshop with featured poet Allison Blevins

Event Details

Join us on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2:00pm Central for a generative workshop with featured poet Allison Blevins.

Redefining Ekphrasis:

What do reality tv, abstract paintings, and your old mixtapes have in common?

In this workshop, we will read and discuss both traditional and modern examples of ekphrastic writing. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice several types of ekphrastic writing and will leave the workshop with concrete examples of how to utilize ekphrasis to generate work.

Recommended for participants 16 years and above.

ACCESS NOTES: The workshop will take place virtually via Zoom with Zoom auto captions. An ASL interpreter will be present. Access copies of workshop materials 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 February 27th to request CART service.

Register for the virtual workshop 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.

SUPPORT OUR WORK: Suggested donation of $5.

NOTE: If you are unable to donate at this time, simply enter $1.00 as your donation amount (not zero because Eventbrite won’t let you continue unless you type something other than zero) and click “check out,” then click “pay at the door” as your payment option. Once you have filled out all required fields, you will still be able to register, and you can keep your dollar.

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.


Allison Blevins is the author of the poetry collection Slowly/Suddenly (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press, 2021). Her collections Handbook for the Newly Disabled, A Lyric Memoir (BlazeVox, 2022) and Cataloguing Pain (YesYes Books, 2022), a finalist for the Pamet River Prize, are both forthcoming. She is also the author of the chapbooks Susurration (Blue Lyra Press, 2019), Letters to Joan (Lithic Press, 2019), and A Season for Speaking (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019), part of the Robin Becker Series. Chorus for the Kill (Seven Kitchens Press), her collaborative chapbook, is forthcoming in 2022. Allison serves as the Director of Small Harbor Publishing and as the Executive Editor at the museum of americana. She lives in Missouri with her partner and three children where she co-organizes the Downtown Poetry reading series. For more information visit

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(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 3:30 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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