University of Arkansas Press Author Showcase: Mohja Kahf

The University of Arkansas Press Author Showcase features Mohja Kahf, who will discuss Hagar Poems, on Sunday, February 5 at 2:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library. The collection of poetry delves into a variety of figures of Near Eastern heritage, touching on a variety of themes both ancient and contemporary.

The central matter of this daring collection is the story of Hagar, Abraham, and Sarah — the ancestral feuding family of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These poems delve into the Hagar story in Islam. They explore other figures from the Near Eastern heritage, such as Mary and Moses, and touch on figures from early Islam, such as Fatima and Aisha. Throughout, there is artful reconfiguring. Readers will find sequels and prequels to the traditional narratives, along with modernized figures claimed for contemporary conflicts. Hagar Poems is a compelling shakeup of not only Hagar’s story but also of current roles of all kinds for women in all kinds of relationships.

Mohja Kahf was born in Damascus, Syria, to parents who immigrated to the United States in 1971. She is the author of a poetry book, E-mails from Scheherazad, and a novel, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf.Syrian born MohjaKahf

Imagining Your Play: Community Playwriting Workshop with Lisa D'Amour

Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 4:30pm to 6:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library Walker Community Room Lisa D’Amour presents a playwright workshop.

Are you just beginning a play or half-way through and looking for inspiration? Do you have an idea, but can’t seem to get it started? This 90-minute workshop, designed to help [...]

Joan of Arc Now on Kindle

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UA Press and Fayetteville Public Library Present Novelist Hisham Matar

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T2 Artist Forum at Fayetteville Public Library

Ozarks at large host Kyle Kellams in conversation with Robert Ford, novelist, playwright and TheatreSquared artistic director, December 7 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. T2 presents an adaption of Dickens’ Great Expectations for the theater’s current season. Robert Ford and Kyle Kellams discuss the joys and perils of adapting a beloved classic for the [...]

Playwriting Class at Fayetteville Library December 7, 2016

Theater Squared offers a playwriting master class and an Artist Forum on December 7 at 4:30 pm-6:00pm and 6:30pm-7:30 pm respectively for a full evening at the Fayetteville Public Library (AR).

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Pickin' Post Mike Shirkey Hosts John McCutchins

Pickin’ Post radio show Mike Shirkey will host John McCutcheon, Friday, November 11 at 7:00pm in the Fayetteville Public Library. The Washington Post described John as folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man,” a moniker flawed only by its understatement.

“Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folksinger’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player…” (Dallas [...]

Lori Ericson at FPL and 2nd Sunday Author Series

Local Author Lori Ericson appears at the Fayetteville Public Library 2nd Sunday Author Series November 13 from 2:00pm-4:00pm in the Walker Community Room. Lori will give a book talk on her first mystery thriller “A Lovely County”.

The sadistic murder of a young boy and corruption at the county jail have small town reporter Danni Edens [...]

UA Press Author Showcase with Leonard Schwartz

Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 pm for the Fayetteville Public Library University of Arkansas Press Author Showcase featuring Leonard Schwartz. He will discuss his latest book, The New Babel: Toward a Poetics of the Mid-East Crises. This work explores –from a Jewish American perspective and in the forms of poetry, essays, and interviews–the Israeli-Palestinian [...]

Gathering of the Groups with Bryan Stevenson in Fayetteville

Fayetteville Public Library hosts the annual Gathering of the Groups with featured speaker Bryan Stevenson on Friday, November 4th, 2016 at 11:30 in the Walker Community Room. Bryan Stevenson is the author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption A moderated discussion will be led by KUAF’s News Director, Kyle Kellams. The [...]