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!
I’m delighted to say I have a short piece in Notes and Queries on the contents of Italo Calvino’s bookshelf as found in If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler, available here. Unfortunately the terms of the journal prevent its open distribution, but if any scholars out there are interested, please feel free to get in touch and I’ll see what I can do to get you a copy.