Tierney Cover Bryan Borland

An Evening with Bryan Borland

October 24, 2019Doors open at 6pm  |  $35

The AIDS epidemic silenced a generation of talented writers and artists. In 1995, poet Karl Tierney, a graduate of the University of Arkansas's master's program in creative writing, jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge after being rejected from a trial AIDS-treatment study that would have extended his life. Now, 24 years later, Argenta's own Sibling Rivalry Press is bringing the world the book he dreamed of publishing. Join Sibling Rivalry Press founding publisher Bryan Borland, himself a Lambda Literary Award-Finalist and American Library Association-honored poet, as he tells Karl's story and reads the poems he left behind.


Joe David Rice

An Evening with Joe David Rice

January 2020, date TBADoors open at 6pm  |  $35

Taking advantage of his vast knowledge of the state, Rice has produced Arkansas Backstories, a two-volume book exploring the state’s lesser-known aspects. Few Arkansans realize the state produced a challenger to John F. Kennedy in the race for the Democrat Party’s Presidential nominee in 1960 or that the first African-American to run for President was a native of Little Rock. Or that Arkansas hosted the world’s first UFO conference way back in 1975. These and other fascinating tidbits make Arkansas Backstories a must for residents and ex-pats alike.


Kathy Webb

An Evening with Kathy Webb

February 2020, date TBADoors open at 6pm  |  $35

Kathy is the City Board liaison to the Arts and Culture Commission, the Children, Youth and Families Commission, the Sustainability Commission, and the Zoo Board of Governors. She is a board member of the Arkansas Cinema Society and serves on two national boards, DePaul USA, which operates programs for alleviating homelessness across the United States, and the Institute of Youth, Education, and Families of the National League of Cities. She is an active member of First United Methodist Church.


An Evening with KaToya Fleming

March 2020, date TBADoors open at 6pm  |  $35

KaToya Ellis Fleming is the 2019-2020 Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow. She holds a BA in English from Spelman College and an MFA in Narrative Nonfiction Writing from the University of Georgia. She is currently at work on her debut nonfiction book, a bibliomemoir entitled Finding Frank. Her work focuses on race and culture in the American South.


An Evening with Jane Hankins

April 2020, date TBADoors open at 6pm  |  $35

Witty, whimsical, wonderful. These words and more describe the creative world of Little Rock, Arkansas artist Jane F. Hankins. Born in Jonesboro, Jane has been a strong presence in the Arkansas artists community for over two decades. A visual artist, specializing in sculpture in porcelain and stoneware as well as drawing and painting, she is a designer for nationally marketed sculpture reproductions. An Arkansas native, Jane studied at the Memphis Art Academy, Arkansas State University, and the Arkansas Arts Center. She is a technically talented artist, who doesn't take herself too seriously.