What a pleasure it is in the middle not just of National Poetry Month but of National Library Week to join the Hattiesburg Public Library’s “Lunch with Books” program. Tomorrow, Tuesday the 14th, I’ll be reading from Hattiesburg at 12 noon, with a discussion — and dessert — to follow. With much of the material for the book coming from the Library’s own collections, it’s an especial joy to join them for the afternoon.
Registration is $10, available from the Library in advance or at the door. Come for the book, stay for the ice cream– rumor has it it’s made in-house.
New at Pelican Bomb is an investigation into the history of stained glass in New Orleans, particularly the Emil Frei Studio in St. Louis, the best-represented glass studio in the city. Accompanying the piece is a new feature by the editors of the site, Image Universe, a fascinating visual essay on the medium. Well worth a moment’s wander over.
At long last, the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival starts today — hope to see everyone Sunday morning at the publishing panel at 10am. Mimosas and Bloody Marys welcome, we promise — just so long as you bring enough to share.
What a joy and pleasure it is to serve again as one of the judges for this year’s state Poetry Out Loud contest, held in Jackson. Rescheduled due to adverse weather two weeks ago, the contest will feature nine contestants from around the state reciting modern and classic works before a live audience. A room full of poetry lovers – what more could one ask? For those in the Jackson area, the contest begins tomorrow, Monday the 15th, at 1pm at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting studios.
[Update: Congratulations to Joy Carino for her superb performance at this year’s finals, and for her upcoming trip to represent Mississippi in the national competition in April! The Clarion-Ledger has the story here.]
I’m delighted and grateful to appear on today’s Mississippi Arts Hour, hosted by Diane Williams on Mississippi Public Broadcasting. Ever the gracious host, Diane kindly invited me on to discuss the Hattiesburg book, poetry, and a few other topics besides. My thanks to her and to all the MPB staff — for any who didn’t catch the initial broadcast, the magic of the internet enables listening again on the MPB website. The interview will be available within a few days.
The program for the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival has now been announced; with a range of truly superb writers and speakers, it promises to be one of the best festivals yet. I’m delighted to sit on a panel with David Johnson, Michael Allen Zell, Radclyfe, and Bill Lavender to discuss the state of the publishing industry today. More information, including how to obtain panel passes and tickets to other special events, is available at the Festival’s website.
The kind folks at Bayou, the literary magazine of UNO, have a brief essay on the writing process for Hattiesburg. My thanks again to the editors.