Next week I’m thrilled to be celebrating National Poetry Month alongside five excellent poets, reading at the East Bank Regional Library of the Jefferson Parish Library system. The reading starts at 7pm on Tuesday, April 30, featuring Esme Franklin, Benjamin Aleshire, Elizabeth Gross, Brad Richard, and Cassie Pruyn, taking place in the Jefferson and Napoleon Rooms.
The 4th annual New Orleans Poetry Festival is this weekend, April 18-21. One of the single most joyful festivals in the region (no bias here), and certainly the only festival dedicated just to poetry for hundreds of miles, NOPF brings four days of readings, workshops, open mics, exhibitions, and a small press book fair. More information here, here, and here.
…runs next week from March 27-31, featuring Michael Cunningham, Julia Reed, and Val Kilmer. Yes, Val Kilmer. Room 220 at Antenna has a roundup of events here.
Over at A Studio in the Woods, two recent pieces of news: first, applications for 2019-2020 residencies have opened, and will be accepted until April 22, 2019, and second, they’ve revamped their website to make it far easier to learn about that very application process. So: what are you waiting for?
I’m delighted to be joining poets Whitney Mackman and Marian Moore this coming Saturday at the beloved Poetry Buffet reading series, held at the Latter Library on St Charles Avenue. The reading starts at 2pm; I’ll be reading from Ecotone as well as presenting more recent work. All are welcome.
For anyone interested in Room 220, the publishing wing of Antenna, they’re throwing a party on Thursday, January 3rd, from 7-9pm at the main gallery on St. Claude Avenue. From their December newsletter:
Are you a current, past, or interested in being a RM220 contributor? If so, RM220 welcomes you to a New Year’s literary celebration and reading. Bring work to share and/or ears to listen. RM220 is a multi-genre online arts journal and program of Antenna. We are looking for writers, visual artists musicians, audio/sound artists, and filmmakers for both the journal and our interactive event series, SHRINE AND SOUND. All members of the community are welcome to attend.
This coming Saturday, Main Street Books will host their 15th (!) annual author extravaganza, which is always a blast — readers, writers, book lovers, and book sellers come together for a relaxed evening of conversations, signings, and most importantly, snickerdoodles. It’s always a joy to represent the Hattiesburg history book, as every year folks with deep roots in the area (or ancestors involved in its founding) show up and chew the fat. The party runs from 4-7pm on Saturday, December 8.