Three-time Arkansas Country Music Award-nominated Little Rock singer-songwriter Mark Currey will be featured on Wednesday Night Poetry at Kollective Coffee + Tea, 110 Central Ave.

The regular open mic session for all poets, musicians and storytellers will begin at 6:30 p.m. today. Currey will begin his feature at 7:15 p.m., followed by another round of open mics. Admission is free and open to all ages. Masks are recommended. Everyone is welcome.

Born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1964, Currey moved to Little Rock in 1984. “I’ve lived in Little Rock since 1984. I followed a girl I love and we’ve been married for 37 years. Kim and I have four children and four grandchildren,” he said in a statement. “I studied vocal music at the University of Central Arkansas in the early 80s, and completed a BA in college studies at the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 2020.”

When asked about his writing, Currey said, “I’ve been writing since high school. I am inspired by writers and songwriters from the South and the works that are rooted there. As a singer-songwriter, my roots run through northern Texas and southeastern Arkansas. Inspired by roots rock, classic country, folk and American music as well as southern gothic literature, I am a storyteller in search of an honest expression of my own southern voice.”

Currey was a finalist in the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Associations 2015 Texas Songwriter U Competition and three-time nominee for the Arkansas Country Music Awards.

His debut solo recording, “Tarrant County”, released in July 2017, features 11 original songs backed by an impressive lineup of locally and internationally respected musicians.

“I have shared the stage with artists such as Robert Earl Keen, Radney Foster, Billy Joe Shaver, Todd Snider, Chris Knight, Jack Ingram, American Aquarium and Amanda Shires. I have performed at various venues in central and northern -west. Arkansas, house concerts in Texas, and was part of a Southern fiction, art and songwriting project called “Trio”. The project included songwriters such as Rodney Crowell, Mary Gauthier and Radney Foster I have also published flash fiction in “Dead Mule School of Southern Literature”.

“This is my third Wednesday Night Poetry feature. I first attended WNP in the spring of 2013. I came with my friend, RJ Looney, who was reading that night. I ended up doing one song and came back to showcase a few weeks later, and again in 2019. I love WNP and have enjoyed being a part of the WNP family so much,” Currey said.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Mark back to the mic of WNP,” Wednesday Night Poetry host Kai Coggin said in the statement.

“There are a lot of new people coming to WNP now, and I can’t wait to see them experience Mark’s music. His writing voice is authentic and his music is rich with that authenticity and experience, almost dripping from the south of America. I was happy to see him participate virtually during the isolated days of the pandemic, and I’m excited to see him again and hear him again in person. It’s going to be a special night,” said said Coggin.

This week marks 1,749 consecutive Wednesdays of open-mic poetry in downtown Hot Springs since Feb. 1, 1989. “WNP is the nation’s longest-running weekly open-mic series,” the statement read. E-mail [email protected] for more information.