Turn the Page Literacy Events

Today marks the kickoff of the Turn the Page literacy campaign, hosted by the New Orleans Public Library. They’re sponsoring 30 events in 30 days to promote literacy and reading among youth and adults alike. From the organizers:

Turn the Page is an important initiative with a bold goal – to make New Orleans the most literate city in America by its 300th birthday in 2018, which will be accomplished by raising awareness of issues, available resources and programming related to early childhood, school success, digital literacy and adult literacy. The campaign is an inclusive, collaborative literacy campaign spearheaded by the New Orleans Public Library and 10 regional parish libraries across southeast Louisiana. Turn the Page will include ’30 in 30,’ or 30 events in 30 days, targeted at moving the needle on literacy in Southeast Louisiana.

Wonderful work, and so needed– if you’re not able to stop into the library for any of the events, at the very least, pick up a book and read it!

2014 Tennessee Williams Festival program

The program for this year’s Tennessee Williams Festival is now officially live, and can be viewed here. This year’s Festival looks to be one of the best yet, with performances of Night of the Iguana and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (indisputably two of his best), scores of phenomenal poets and writers from across the country, and of course, a certain event on the closing day of the Fest.

I’m delighted to be chairing a panel on new Southern poetry, featuring three outstanding poets with debut collections out in the past year: S. Douglas Ray (He Will Laugh, Lethe Press), L. Lamar Wilson (Sacrilegion, Carolina Wren Press), and Lilah Hegnauer (Pantry, Hub City Press). The panel is scheduled for Saturday morning, provided, of course, that events on Friday night don’t get too far out of hand.

It goes without saying that TWFest is one of the highlights of the year in New Orleans– hope very much to see you there.