New Orleans Poetry Festival

The New Orleans Poetry festival — now in its second year — starts today, and runs through Sunday afternoon. From the organizers:

This year the festival will be held at the New Orleans Healing Center at 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. The Small Press Fair will be held in the main lobby of NOHC on Friday April 21 and Saturday April 22 and will be open to the public, with books, broadsides and other bookmakers’ arts on display and for sale. Panels, workshops, readings and performances will be held throughout the building from 10 AM to 5 PM Friday and Saturday. Nightly featured performances will be at Café Istanbul. The festival will close with an open mic reading at the Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St., on Sunday, April 23, at 3 PM.

More information and details on how to register at

Write for Mississippi

This week I’m delighted to be appearing at Hattiesburg-area high schools on behalf of the Write for Mississippi program, started earlier this year as an initiative to engage students in schools across the state on topics of social, civic, and political concern. More information about the project is available on its website, or in this interview; for now, I’m looking forward to meeting some whip-smart students and hearing about their vision for the state.