Poetry Out Loud

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.]

Mississippi Arts Hour

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.