Lecture on Gulf South Poetics at NOPF 2023

Next month I’m delighted to be giving a lecture on the poetics of the American Gulf South at the 2023 New Orleans Poetry Festival, focusing on the state of Mississippi — this talk will be a revised and updated version of the lecture from last year at the Mississippi Poetry Society, with new works and new poets under discussion. Even better news is that poet and critic C.T. Salazar will serve as the respondent for the lecture. Both of us are looking forward to a great conversation.

Details on NOPF 2023 (including how to register) are at; the talk will take place on the afternoon of Saturday, April 15.

POL 2023

What a joy to serve once more as a judge for the Mississippi state finals of the 2023 Poetry Out Loud competition, held this year at Mississippi Public Broadcasting on Thursday, March 9. The contest is open to the public and always features amazing poems — if you’re in the area, drop by!

64 Parishes Publication Party

I could not be more delighted: next month, 64 Parishes magazine will be hosting a publication party to celebrate the release of its spring issue, and I’ll be joining editor Erin Greenwald for a public conversation about an article in that issue exploring the history of the St Joe Brick Works in Pearl River, LA. Best of all, brickmaker Chris Schneider of the Schneider family will be joining us for the conversation as well, and bringing historic artifacts from the brickyard for display.

The party is free and open to the public, from 6-8pm on Thursday, March 9, at the Maritime Museum Louisiana in Madisonville, LA. More info on the event Facebook page — I’ve been told to come hungry (and thirsty)!