The Arkansas Times’ annual contribution to the Arkansas Literary Festival, the boozy bar reading we call Pub or Perish, went off without a hitch last night at Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack down in the River Market. Yours truly, David Koon, hosted. As in recent years, turnout was pretty much standing room only for a good bit of the two-hour event. If you weren’t there, you missed a great time.

Highlights: A sneak peak at a fine new novel by Little Rock’s Georgia Ashmore;  sweet sonnets by  Scott Standridge; an essay on losing her virginity by California memoirist Kelly Corrigan; and a bawdy, had-em-rollling-in-the-aisles selection from “Sweet Potato Queen” Jill Conner-Browne, on the near-hypnotic power of promising your man… um…. well, let’s just go for a golden oldie and call it “The Lewinsky.” All that, and some of the finest open mic selections we’ve ever had.


Thanks to Sticky’s, and to the Times (Roland, Phyllis and Tiffany in particular) for helping make it happen again. See you next year.