Pelican Bomb has a review of “Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection” currently on view at the Ogden. A stirring show, with breathtaking works in every room, and a must-see for any art lover in the greater New Orleans area.
The Tulane News Service has a lovely article on FORESTival this coming weekend, with a gracious mention of Ecotone. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
After six long years away, I’m thrilled to say that Ecotone is finally coming home. Next Saturday, I’ll be giving a reading and a poetry walk at FORESTival, the annual festival of the arts and environment at A Studio in the Woods. The reading will also feature a tour of some of the places that inspired the book and stories from its creation; the festival will also feature musicians, artists, and chefs from across southern Louisiana. More information, and tickets, are available here.
Next Thursday night, I’m thrilled to moderate a conversation between Joel Dinerstein, author of American Cool, and Maurice Carlos Ruffin, novelist and author of the forthcoming We Cast a Shadow, at Garden District Book Shop, to celebrate the New Orleans launch of Dinerstein’s new book (which has been lavishly praised by just about every publication that’s encountered it). More details here; the talk starts at 6pm.
Pelican Bomb has a short piece on a recent acquisition by the New Orleans Museum of Art, of works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.
Continuing to suspend my disbelief, two weeks from today Ecotone will have its official launch party, but I’m delighted to say that there will be a few other events that week to celebrate its first birthday. Details are available on the events page, but in short — I’m honored to be giving a lecture/reading at the Jewish Community Center in New Orleans on September 11; to be appearing with painter Myrtle von Damitz and editor Sara Slaughter on WRBH radio on September 14; and finally to be kicking it all off later that night on the 14th at Antenna Gallery. All welcome!
After a few months off the radar, I’m thrilled to share some news that has been brewing in secret since the beginning of the year. Am delighted to say that this fall, Antenna, the arts catalyst in New Orleans, will be publishing my next poetry collection, Ecotone. It’s hard to believe — this book has been six years in the making, starting with the first version of the manuscript written at A Studio in the Woods back in 2011 (!) – but as part of their ongoing series of inter-arts collaborations, Antenna will be bringing a selection of these poems out in a joint edition featuring the work of the painter Myrtle von Damitz.
I could not be more excited — Myrtle’s work is extraordinary, gorgeous and lush and mysterious and surreal, and to my mind is the real highlight of the book. I’m humbled and honored to be able to work with her and with Antenna. More details to come soon, including excerpts and a look at the cover, but for now, we’re looking forward to a launch on September 14 at the Antenna Gallery.
My thanks to Antenna, to A Studio in the Woods, to Myrtle, and to all readers and lovers of poetry and painting. Hope to see everyone in September!