The 2019 FORESTival, the annual festival at A Studio in the Woods, is this coming Saturday, November 16. Featuring arts, crafts, music, performances, guided walks in the woods, and a host of other activities to celebrate the natural environment and the arts, it’s always a fantastic day. New this year will be sightings of the Writer’s Cabin, soon to be completed. Details available on the ASITW website.
Next Wednesday, November 13th, I’m honored to take part in an international reading with seven exceptional poets, co-sponsored by Poets and Writers magazine and Tulane University. From the P&W website:
Join us Wednesday, November 13th at 6 PM at the Newcomb Hall 403, School of Liberal Arts at Tulane University for an international poetry reading from emerging and established poets: Louisiana Poet Laureate and Professor Emeritus Peter Cooley, Tulane University, Kelly Harris the Literary Outreach Coordinator for “Poets and Writers” in New Orleans, LA, Bouchaib Gadir, Tulane University, Mbarek Sryfi, University of Pennsylvania, Karisma Price, Tulane University, Andy Young, Jerika Marchan and Benjamin Morris.
The Louisiana Book Festival, one of the state’s biggest events for books, is this coming Saturday, November 2. Details available on the LBF website.
I’m thrilled to thank the Faulkner Society for all their efforts on behalf of writers everywhere. Every year they labor to read, review, and celebrate hundreds (if not thousands) of new works, tirelessly championing writers both established and emerging. How humbling it is, then, to receive their encouragement as a finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition in not one but two categories, novel-in-progress and collection of poetry, especially alongside so many others whose talents leave me in awe. It’s moments like this that send us straight back to the desk to finish what we’ve started. So thank you, Rosemary James & Joe DeSalvo, and congratulations to all the winners!
I’m thrilled to have two poems in the inaugural issue of the Peauxdunque Review, which has just hit the streets. The magazine is currently reading for the Words and Music Competition, available in multiple genres. Details available at their website.
Room 220 has an interview with the scholars Jana K. Lipman and Sarah Fouts, following a panel at the 2019 Tennessee Williams Festival.
This year A Studio in the Woods is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a special gala: the Bottomland Jubilee. Held at the Audubon Species Survival Center on May 19, the event will feature music, food, and art from some of the region’s finest as we celebrate five decades of creativity and ecology on the Mississippi River. Also in the news from ASITW is the groundbreaking for its new Writer’s Cabin, which will take place later this summer. For more information on the Cabin, see the video below: