HEADS-UP LITTLE ROCK: Literary Pub or Perish, April 16th


April 16, 7-9 pm. 

Stickyz Rock N’ Roll Chicken Shack
107 River Market Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

This event is part of the Little Rock, Arkansas Annual Literary Festival.

SHARON FRYE is a poet from Northern Oklahoma. When not delivering the mail, she enjoys writing about those she meets along the way. Whether it’s the cashier at the Dollar Store or the man giving her a pedicure- she tries to see the person behind the persona. She hopes her words might cause you too, to look more closely at the people you pass each day. Sharon is a frequent guest poet with The BeZine and she was on the short-list for the Blackwater Poetry Prize (Ireland).

AYARA STEIN is the former editor of the arts quarterly Gypsy Blood Review, she’s published in Verse Wisconsin, The Mayo Review, Ping Pong: The Journal of the Henry Miller Library and The Delinquent (UK), she is comfortable in the company of academics and outlaws.

SILVA ZANOYAN MERJANIAN is a widely published poet residing in California. She has two volumes of poetry Uncoil a Night (2013) and Rumor (Cold River Press, 2015). Rumor won Pinnacle Book Achievement Award by NABE for Fall 2015 and Silva has 3 poems from Rumor nominated for Pushcart award. Silva is a frequent guest poet with The BeZine.

RJ LOONEY will share his poems that are inspired by his experiences growing up in rural Arkansas, conversations in bars, and life in general. He is the author of A Crow’s Breakfast: Poems from The Low Road. He wears glasses when he needs them and generally avoids tucking in his shirttail.

Tennessee writer DONNIE LAMON came to the Big Apple four years ago to make a name for himself, and instead made a ministry. He lost his own name but found the names of hundreds of those unnamed and uncounted. Five Loaves and Shoeleather distributes care packages to the homeless on the streets of New York. His latest book is The Cardboard Gospel.

MH CLAY is a poet, playwright and musician, active in the Dallas spoken word scene. He is the Poetry Editor for Mad Swirl. He’s excited to carry on the creative conversation that will ensue among all the poets and patrons who come to Little Rock.


Justin Booth, Event Host
Justin Booth, Event Host

Outlaw Poet JUSTIN BOOTH will share some of his gritty southern goth poetry and prose, as well as introduce to Central Ar, an amazing group of writers he has met while traveling to share his own work. He is the author of four poetry collections including The Singer, The Lesbian, and The One with the Feet.