After a race-to-the-finish final week in Edinburgh, culminating in a wonderful farewell evening at the Abbotsford Pub on Rose Street (home watering hole, it’s important to note, of the late poets Hugh MacDiarmid, Norman MacCaig, and Sorley MacLean), it’s back to New Orleans for, as the Scots would say, the next wee while. The return couldn’t be kinder: I’m honored to be the featured reader at this week’s 1718 Reading Series, sponsored by the Walker Percy Center for Writing and Publishing at Loyola University. With such distinguished writers as Kevin Rabelais and Kate Bernheimer in the series, it’s humbling to be in their company.
I’ll be reading a selection of new and recently-published work, mostly poetry. The evening starts at 7pm on Tuesday night at the Columns Hotel (3811 St Charles), with student readings to follow. More details are available on the Maple Street Bookshop website. Hope to see you there.