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!
Pelican Bomb has a review of Jacob Dwyer’s new film Dat Likwid Land, a fascinating exploration of the person and legacy of John Kennedy Toole — and, of course, Ignatius J. Reilly.
Pelican Bomb has a brief curated selection of poems on their current theme, health and wellness. A poem a day has to be as good as an apple, no?
Earlier this week, WRBH graciously invited a few of us in from A Studio in the Woods to talk about the ongoing Writer’s Cabin campaign. My thanks to David Benedetto and the station staff; audio of the interview is available here:
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 nolapoetry.com.
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.
Louisiana Cultural Vistas has a review of Christopher Cenac and Claire Joller’s fascinating history of Terrebonne Parish in their spring issue — if you’re headed down that way anytime soon, grab a copy for sure.