All Better Now! has been having some ups and downs for the past few weeks as I’ve gone through the process of changing web hosting services. With one exception, everything seems to be functioning again. (The graphics have gone haywire, but I’m working on it.)

This is a good time to remind readers that ArkansasWriters is a […]

Nightbird Books Holiday Hours

Nightbird Books on College Avenue in Fayetteville will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Christmas Eve.

The locally owned bookstore will be closed Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Time to Renew OWL Membership

Lori Ericson, president of the Ozarks Writers League reminds area writers that it’s membership renewal time.

OWL provides super-helpful conferences—free with the price of membership—throughout the year.

Writers and artists in Arkansas and Missouri hone their craft and provide mutual support in the OWL community.

Membership is $30. Renew or sign up online.


FayLib November Closings

The Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR, 72701

The Fayetteville Public Library will be closed Friday, November 10 for an in-service day.

Additionally, the library will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 22 and will be closed all day Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for Thanksgiving.


Recovering from Web Trauma

For the past week, the Arkansas Writers site has been undergoing web trauma. In an effort to update, I moved this site and two others to a new server. Two of the sites made the move intact, but wouldn’t you know, this one got corrupted. A few of the most recent posts have been lost […]

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Washed in the Water Wins Double Award

Washed in theWater: Tales from the South by Nancy Hartney won the coveted Best Book of the Year Fiction and the President’s Award from Ozarks Writers League during their November 2014 conference.

“I appreciate the judges and OWL officers for honoring me with these two awards,” said Hartney.

Washed in the Water is a collection of short stories set in the deep South. Original sketches by Susan Raymond add a special touch to these tales. The book can be ordered from Pen-L or bought locally in Fayetteville at Nightbird Books.

Fayetteville Public Library, KUAF Radio, and TheatreSquared Present the Author Series in Fayetteville June 11

Join the Fayetteville Public Library for a live taping of Ozarks-at-Large on Wednesday, June 11at 6:00pmwith host Kyle Kellams. Kellams interviews nationally acclaimed playwright Karen Zacarias about her newest work, Just Like Us, slated for its first public performance at TheatreSquareds 2014 Arkansas New Play Festival.

Based on Helen Thorpes bestselling book, this new play follows four Latina girls whose immigration status begins to erode their opportunities. The audience will get to see a sneak preview selection from the play and Kyle will lead a conversation with Karen Zacarias, TheatreSquareds Artistic Director Bob Ford, and Tlaloc Rivas, director of Just Like Us, about the play and the craft of playwriting. Highlights from the show will be broadcast at a later date on KUAF. This program is made possible through FPLs author series and its partnership with TheatreSquared.

Karen Zacarias plays have been produced throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. She is the multi-award winning author of Mariela in the Desert, The Sins of Sor Juana, Legacy of Light, and adaptation of How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, the Book Club Play and others. In addition, she has written numerous musical plays for young people.

Zacarias is currently the playwright in residence at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and teaches playwriting at Georgetown University. She is the founding artistic director of Young Playwrights Theater, an award winning non-profit dedicated to enhancing literacy, arts empowerment, and conflict resolution through playwriting in D.C. area schools.

A reception for Karen Zacarias will be held in the FPL Walker Room from 5:00-6:00.

Thirty-five Authors at Kimberling Area Library

Authors Book signing Day at Kimberling Area Library, Missouri is set for Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 am to 2:00pm with a full slate of 35 authors and writers from the Ozark environs. Two featured speakers, western writer Dusty Richards and historian Tom Koob, each take the podium for a 25-minute presentation. Eight other authors tender 15-minute mini-sessions designed to get your creative juices roaring and your ideas popping. The entire event is free and open to the public.
Morning lineup:
9:20- Keynote Dusty Richards: Famous Western Author Shares His Memories
9:50- Greg Moss: Adventures of a Park Ranger
10:10- Richard & Judy Dockery Young: Ghost Stories of the Kimberling Ferry Region
10:30- Pam Foster: How Service Dogs and Returning Veterans Work Together
10:50- Michelle Higgins: Teach Your Children to be Earth Wise
11:10- Suzie Macomber: Our Electric Emotions: How They Affect Our Mental and Emotional Illnesses

Second Keynote and Afternoon Lineup:
12:00- Keynote Tom Koob: History of Table Rock Lake: Place Names, Whats Buried Beneath and More
12:30- Claire Croxton: Life Above the Arctic Circle
12:50- Marilyn H. Collins: Write Family History: Gather the Rascals, Gather the Saints
1:10- Laura Valenti: True Tales of Law Enforcement in the Ozarks

Kimberly Library is financed entirely by donations, grants, fund raisers, and memberships in the Kimberly Area Library Association. KAL receives no direct tax support from the city, county or state and is staffed entirely by volunteers with no paid employee. Those credentials alone make KAL an anomaly worthy noting and supporting. Need more information? Call (417) 739-2525 or

Missing Links

Thanks to the feedback of one of our readers, I have discovered that my Editor contact links were not working or working inadequately. That fact may explain why I don’t receive as many submissions as I would like.

I’ve corrected the situation. Just send your information to (I put “-at-” instead of the usual symbol to avoid having the address harvested by robots.)

Unfortunately, in the course of addressing the problem with my address, I have managed to drop the links and other formatting in the Directory of Writers. Happily, I have a copy of the Directory as it was so I can restore the missing links and font formatting. It will take a while though.

I’ll take this opportunity to remind my readers that I maintain because I think that Arkansas writers need a networking site that reaches out to all the groups and lone writers in the state. My intention in starting it and continuing to pay for the domain and server space is to have a reader-written site that helps all of us stay aware of what’s going on writing-wise in our region.

If you are a subscriber, you know that the posts are somewhat infrequent. I have a lot of other projects going that require my writing and editing time. This site is intended to be a kind of bulletin board for every writer in the state and on its borders. If you want your publications noted, your meetings, conferences or workshops advertised, and your favorite tips or writing venues shared, YOU are the one to write them up and send them in.

Please let me hear from you soon. And don’t be too shy to toot your own horn. Send me bios. Send me news releases about your latest publication or speaking engagement. And pictures. When possible, include an image of yourself or your book.

Think of as a virtual water cooler where we can exchange news and views about this horrible wonderful vocation we have chosen. Please let me hear from you soon.