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Poetry Happy Hours Benefit Emerging Writers

Updated: Mar 16, 2021

Gotahold Brewing has chosen the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) as their #tipsfortransformation benefactor during April, National Poetry Month. Poetry Happy Hours will be held every Thursday in April at 5:30 pm in the beer garden at Gotahold. The readings and performances will benefit the WCDH scholarship fund and celebrate the beauty and art of poetry. Opened in 2020 by Wendy Reese Hartman and Dave Hartman, the mission of Gotahold Brewing is to change customers’ perception of beer while inspiring deeper connection, compassion, and positive action in our world. Through #tipsfortransformation, Gotahold donates the tips received every Thursday to a worthy cause. Reese Hartman said, “Dave and I donate 100% to the nonprofit organization of the month. We are committed to supporting social, environmental, and economic justice. The organizations we work with are aligned in some way and are also local.” Gotahold Brewing is located at 408 W Van Buren in Eureka Springs. Visit them online at When asked how she selected WCDH as a benefactor of the #tipsfortransformation, Reese Hartman said, “I am an author. I have never been formally trained in poetry, but it is the language of my heart; it is how I have communicated thoughts and feelings I could not articulate otherwise. As far as supporting WCDH, I've participated in workshops through the WCDH and know first-hand what a valuable resource this is for writers. Also, our town has an opportunity to learn from and meet authors and poets from all over, making our tiny town feel so much larger. Books expand our world, teach us, inspire us, and make the world a better place.” Poetry Happy Hours will be held at 5:30 pm every Thursday in April in the beer garden at Gotahold Brewing. Many of the presenters will have their books available for sale. They can be signed upon request, and a portion of the proceeds will further benefit the WCDH scholarship fund. Poetry Happy Hours will feature the following poets; April 1 – Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Poet Laureate Emeritus of Kansas and author of 24 books. April 8 – Bill McCloud, author of “The Smell of the Light: Vietnam, 1968-1969.” April 15 - Geoffrey Brock and Geffrey Davis, award-winning poets and writing professors at the University of Arkansas. April 22 – Annie Newcomer and Erikka O'Toole, promising emerging poets from Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri respectively. April 29 – Kristin Hunt, author of “I’m Much Better on Paper” and “Write or Die.” Poetry lovers from out of town are encouraged to stay for a long weekend to enjoy the many charms of Eureka Springs. To receive a promo code for a discounted room at the historic Crescent Hotel, please call or email the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow at 479-253-7444 or WCDH Executive Director, Michelle Hannon, said, “We are honored to be celebrating National Poetry Month as the recipient of Gotahold Brewing’s Thursday #tipsfortransformation. It’s a privilege to be able to share the diverse and engaging poetry of such talented poets with the Eureka Springs community and our visitors. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to Wendy and Dave at Gotahold for their generosity and to all seven of our gifted poets for sharing their work on our behalf.” The WCDH scholarship fund was developed in December 2019 to assist emerging writers and those from marginalized communities who need financial support to benefit from a writing residency at Dairy Hollow. Scholarships are awarded on an as-needed basis depending on availability. If you are unable to attend a Poetry Happy Hour but would like to support a WCDH scholarship fund, please visit Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow has made a lasting impact on the arts and literary communities by providing uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists, without discrimination. The WCDH has hosted over 1,600 writers from 48 states and 13 countries. For more information, please visit or call Michelle Hannon or Chad Gurley at (479)253-7444.

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