What a thrill to be appearing at this year’s Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, one of the warmest and most joyful gatherings of readers and writers in the Gulf South. And what an honor to read alongside such remarkable poets as Anne Babson, Megan Burns, Julie Kane, Dylan Krieger, and Peter Twal — moderated by state Poet Laureate Jack Bedell, it’s sure to be a memorable afternoon. The reading begins at 2.15 on Saturday, November 10, with a signing to follow; full details about the festival (which is free!) are available at http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/index.html.
This Thursday, October 18, is the state arts conference sponsored by the Mississippi Arts Commission, held on the grounds of the capitol building in Jackson. With panels, keynotes, and discussions all day long, this conference is one of the single best ways each year to connect with the work of artists and arts advocates across the Magnolia State. This year is even more special, with the 50th anniversary celebration of MAC, founded in 1968. There may be a few spots left for registration; details are available on the MAC website. Hope to see everyone there!