The Louisiana Book Festival is featuring several poetry programs at the Nov. 1 festival. Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana French-Language Poet Laureate Zachary Richard and former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award winner will all take the stage. In addition, teens will enjoy an open mic poetry slam hosted by Forward Arts.
Ava Leavell Haymon is hosting two sessions with poets from throughout the state. Spotlighted poets include Peter Cooley, Ashley Havrid, Mona Lisa Saloy and former Louisiana Poet Laureate Julie Kane at one session and Gina Ferrara, John Gery, Genaro Kỳ Lỳ Smith and Lenore Weiss at another. Haymon will host additional programs featuring Zachary Richard, the first Louisiana French-language poet laureate, and a program introducing the first two poets of LSU Press new Barataria Poetry Series—Julia B. Levine and Martha Serpas.
Darrell Bourque, two-time Louisiana poet laureate, will be presented with the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award by Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. The Louisiana Writer Award is given annually to recognize the extraordinary contributions to the state’s literary heritage exemplified by the artist’s body of work. Bourque is the 15th recipient of a Louisiana Writer Award. In a separate program, Bourque will discuss his poetry with Susan Larson, host of WWNO’s public radio program The Reading Life.
Gregory Robinson will present his collection of poems All Movies Love the Moon: Prose Poems on Silent Film. And poet Alison Pelegrin will be a panelist in a program celebrating the upcoming 80th anniversary of The Southern Review.
Geared toward teenagers, WordPlay’s Freshhh Heat Teen Open Mic and Poetry Slam presented by Forward Arts, is sure to entertain.
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