What a pleasure it is to again serve as a judge for the Mississippi state Poetry Out Loud finals next week. Showcasing the talents of high school students reciting poetry before a live audience, it’s a wonderful afternoon that results in a state champion heading to Washington, DC — and as we saw in 2012, winning. The contest will be held at 1pm at Mississippi Public Broadcasting, and is open to the public.
Lord, I hate writing these things.
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.