Now that the news is out, I’m incredibly honored to say that I’ll be joining the crew of Signal Fire for their summer expedition to the Wallowa Mountains in northeastern Oregon. Signal Fire, based out of Portland, is a remarkable organization that specializes in taking artists of all disciplines into areas of remote wilderness and allowing them to pursue their practice both in and about these special settings. I’m honored to join such talented individuals, cast and crew alike. For those who are interested in other expeditions they offer, more information about Signal Fire is available on their website.
It’s that month again– and Mark Folse of Odd Words has a great roundup of events here in the New Orleans area. There’s sure to be more than this, so keep your eyes peeled.
For any in the London area, Tipping Point are hosting two events later this summer for writers and artists interested in climate and environmental change; anyone who has ever been to a TP event in the past knows how dynamic, inspiring, and altogether un-conference-like they are. Participants at the first event, “Weatherfronts: Climate Change and the Stories We Tell,” include the inimitable Jay Griffiths, Gregory Norminton, among others. Some funding is available: details are here.
Today is World Poetry Day. So read a damn poem! Better yet, write one!
Now that spring is (hopefully finally) here and folks are out and about, I’m delighted to be taking part in two events here in New Orleans over the next two weeks. The first is the beloved Tennessee Williams Festival, held from 19-23 March across the French Quarter but mostly in the Hotel Monteleone. I have the great privilege and daunting responsibility of moderating a panel on New Southern Poetry, featuring the wonderful poets S. Douglas Ray, Lilah Hegnauer, and L. Lamar Wilson. The panel takes place at 10am on Saturday, the 22nd, at Muriel’s Jackson Square; a ticket or a panel pass is required for entry. More details, including how to book, are available at the TNW website.
Second, I’m honored to take part in the “Tree Talk Tuesdays” series of events at the Longue Vue House here in New Orleans, an architectural and horticultural treasure. I’ll be reading from Ecotone, starting at 12pm, on Tuesday, March 25 — this event is free and open to the public. If you’ve not been to Longue Vue before, it’s well worth the journey– especially if Andy Berhle’s sculpture A Year and One Day is still standing (i.e., if it got a reprieve). Hope to see you there.
I’m delighted to say that the Journal of the Mississippi State Medical Association has reprinted one of the poems from Coronary in its current issue, a poem called ‘Sedation.’ My thanks to the editors — I’m honored to be included alongside research on the prognostic value of cardiac-specific troponins in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations. And not a little bewildered.
Amid the Mardi Gras madness, I’m delighted to serve as one of the judges for the Mississippi Poetry Out Loud state contest tomorrow, beginning at 1pm at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting studios in Jackson. POL is one of the state’s great treasures, a wonderful opportunity to see the talents of Mississippi’s hard-working high school students, and in recent years we’ve had a strong showing from our national contestants — in 2012, Kristen Dupard went on to win the national championship. The contest is free and open to the public, and the televised edition will be broadcast on March 29 on MPB. For anyone in the Jackson area, take a long lunch break and come join us!