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Open Mouth Presents: A Workshop with Leonora Simonovis

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Event Details

Join us on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 2:00pm Central for a generative workshop with featured poet Leonora Simonovis. Register here:

More information below.

At the Tip of a Top: Working with Poetic Turns

In this workshop we will explore how a variety of poets intentionally use specific parts of speech, syntax, line breaks and punctuation to craft surprising turns that keep readers engaged and involved, both in the act of reading, and also in the process of making meaning and creating connections. We will address questions like, ‘How do we maintain unity in our poems as we take leaps and form associations?’ ‘What is the structure of a poem and how does it work?’ After looking at–and briefly discussing– concrete examples, we will put into practice what we learned and generate new work. Come prepared to play and get messy.


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.

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 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.

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.


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.

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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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