An Exceptional reading series in downtown Baton Rouge, LA. River Writers has now teamed up with Elevator Projects to offer pop up poetry readings at the Walls Project Art & Design Center (451 Florida St Suite 102). Founded in 2008, River Writers was once hosted bi-monthly on Tuesdays at Boudreaux and Thibodeaux. For regular reading series in LA, please see post "riverferrals" or traveling poets can always contact Vincent @ firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about LA readings.
Please see the below information about a very important event that my friend Donney is helping coordinate tomorrow. It is taking place at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. As we are attempting to return to some normalcy in the wake of the flood, I urge you all to remember that a large portion of our community are still dealing with the effects of Alton Sterling being slain by Baton Rouge law enforcement who have not to date been held accountable for their actions. This event is on behalf of the children he left behind. Please share this info with your network.
On Tuesday, July 5th the children of Alton Sterling lost their father by way of a world-publicized state sanctioned murder. Alton Sterling, known to residents of the Fairfields community as the CD Man, was out selling CDs to provide for his family. He is no longer here to be able to do so, therefore it is up to his community to truly be a village for the children he left behind.
To that end, the#Artists4Alton show is the first in a series of initiatives geared toward helping take care of the Sterling children. This event has been approved by Alton's primary guardian, his aunt Ms. Veda. ALL PROCEEDS from this event will be put into a Liberty Banks savings account per the request of his aunt.
This show consists of an all-star line up of some of the city's most celebrated artists in the genre of spoken word poetry, hip hop and inspirational music. Featuring the talents of
XERO SKIDMORE MARCEL P. BLACK TANESHA CRAIG DONNEY ROSE DEANDRE HILL KALESHA BROWN TOIRYAN MILLIGAN LUKE ST. JOHN + A special presentation by National Lawyers Guild Treasurer, ADA GOODLY and LSU Law Professor CHRIS TYSON
After a little rest and the search for a new home, River Writers teams up with Elevator Projects to offer poetry readings in a beautiful art space downtown--(Facebook event page) Six Unlikely authors from south Louisiana are joining with Larissa Shmailo of New York City, Wendy Taylor Carlisleof Eureka Springs, AR, andMichael Haroldof Shreveport, LA for a three-event series of literature and sound
decisions in the week leading up to Grand Coteau, LA's Festival of
Words! In Baton Rouge, come hear from:
river proudly promotes two exceptional reads occurring this week: 1) collaborative poetry duos tomorrow 4.19 @ the baton rouge gallery's sundays @ 4 (pm) series (fb event) up from New Orleans, Chris and co-auther Brett Evans read fromT. Rex Parade, a book about the tit'Rex mardi gras art parade ( Lavender Ink / Diálogos, 2015)
and Christopher Shipman and Cellucci, his other co-author, will read Battleship verse from _A Ship on the Line (Unlikely Books, 2014)
2) river writers in collaboration with ALSCW, LSU Comp. Lit & MFA Program present a reading by Noah Warren, Santiago Vizcaíno, and translator Alexis Levitin. see flier below for details and full bios below:
Alexis Levitin, SUNY Distinguished
Professor, has translated over thirty books of Portuguese poetry and
prose into English. His works include Clarice Lispector’s Soulstorm (short prose) and Eugénio de Andrade’s Forbidden Words (poetry), both published by New Directions. His most recent book is Salgado Maranhão’s Blood of the Sun (Milkweed Editions).
He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts,
the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Fulbright Commission, the
Witter Bynner Foundation, the Gulbenkian Foundation, and Columbia
University’s Translation Center, which awarded him the Fernando Pessoa
Prize. As a translator, he has benefitted from residencies
at the Banff International Translation Centre in Canada, the European
Translators Collegium in Germany, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study
and Conference Center at Bellagio, Italy. He has given readings and
lectures on translation at well over one hundred colleges and
universities in the USA, as well as institutions in Brazil, Portugal,
Ecuador, the Czech Republic and France.
Santiago Vizcaíno has a degree in Communications and
Literature from the Catholic Pontifical University of Ecuador. He has
worked as an editor at the newspaper Hoy, at Superbrands
Ecuador, and at the Office of Publications in Ecuador’s Benjamín Carrión
Casa de la Cultura. At present, he is the editor of the magazine Nuestro Patrimonio,
published by the Ministry for the Coordination of the Patrimony, and of
various other publications, including those of the Organization of
Historical Centers of Latin American and the Caribbean. His work has
appeared in several magazines, including Letras del Ecuador, Rocinante, Retrovisor and Casa de las Américas. His first book of poetry, Destruction in the Afternoon, won the Premio Proyectos Literarios Nacionales award from the Ecuadorian Ministry of Culture in 2008. His second book, In the Twilight, won second prize in the Pichincha Poetry Prize competition in 2010. His work has appeared in Bitter Oleander,Chattahoochee Review,Connotation Press, Dirty Goat, Eleven/Eleven,eXchanges, Ezra,Lake Effect,Moon City Review, Osiris, Per Contra, Rowboat,Saranac Review, and Words Without Borders. The translations of all forty poems that comprise the text of Destruction in the Afternoon have been published in literary magazines in the United States. He was awarded a one-year fellowship to Malaga, Spain, in 2011.
Warren was born in Nova Scotia in 1989 and grew up in New England. He received
his BA from Yale, which awarded him the valuable Fredrick M. Clapp Fellowship
for 2011-12 on the strength of his poetry. After a stint teaching English at
Phillips Academy Andover he moved to New Orleans in 2013. His first book, The
Destroyer in the Glass, was chosen by Carl Phillips for the Yale Series of
Younger Poets in 2015, and will be published by Yale University Press in April
2016. He is the recent recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, and will
begin his tenure at Stanford in the fall. His poems appear in Poetry, The
Southern Review, AGNI, Yale Review, and The Missouri Review, among
BROOKE CHAMPAGNE, a
descendant of P. G. T. Beauregard, was born and raised in New Orleans.
She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from Louisiana State
University. Her poems and essays have appeared in Louisiana Literature,
Burnside Review, Housefire, DIG, Prick of the Spindle, and most
recently, in the anthology Tuscaloosa Writes This. She lives in
Tuscaloosa, Alabama with her husband, the poet Brock Guthrie, and their
creative dogs King and Nola.
BROCK GUTHRIE is the author of Contemplative Man, published by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2014. He
grew up in Athens, Ohio, and got his B.A. and MA in English from Ohio
University and his MFA in poetry from Louisiana State University. His
poems have appeared inCimarron Review, Iron Horse, Los Angeles Review,
New Ohio Review, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He teaches writing and
literature at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
WOODWARD is a Louisiana writer of prose whose comic novel,
Americanisation: Lessons in American Culture and Language, was published
by Livingston Press in 2011. Oxford American hailed Americanisation as
“a hilariously crafted postmodern novel wedged into the template of a
social-studies textbook for immigrants.” His follow-up to
Americanisation is Oily, a comical, unconventional novel about the 2010
Deepwater Horizon catastrophe.
BERND SAUERMANN graduated from
McNeese State University with an MA in English and an MFA in Poetry. He
currently teaches composition, literature, creative writing, and film in
the Division of Fine Arts and Humanities at Hopkinsville Community
College in Kentucky. Sauermann was also the poetry editor at Whole Beast
Rag. He’s had poems, stories and photographs published in McSweeney’s,
Southern Indiana Review, New Orleans Review, Nimrod, Poet Lore, The
Kansas Quarterly Review of Literature, and many other publications. He
has a chapbook entitled Diesel Generator out from Horse Less Press
(2013), and his first full-length collection, Seven Notes of a Dead
Man’s Song, was recently released by MadHat Press.
LOVELACE (born July 13, 1935, Toco, Trinidad) is a West Indian novelist,
short-story writer, and playwright celebrated for his descriptive,
dramatic fiction about West Indian culture. Using Trinidadian speech
patterns and standard English, he probes the paradoxes often inherent in
social change as well as the clash between rural and urban cultures.
His novels include While Gods Are Falling (1965), The Schoolmaster
(1968), The Dragon Can’t Dance (1979), The Wine of Astonishment (1982),
and Salt (1996). Lovelace also published the short-story collection A
Brief Conversion and Other Stories (1988), as well as the plays The New
Hardware Store and My Name Is Village, both collected in Jestina’s
Calypso & Other Plays (1984).
MEL COYLE is from Chicago and other places where the
corn grows. Currently, she lives in New Orleans where she co-edits TENDE
RLOIN, an online poetry gallery and hosts ColdCuts, the reading series.
You can find some of her work online.
JENN MARIE NUNES is the
author of five chapbooks, including HYMN: An Ovulution, a collaboration
with poet Mel Coyle, forthcoming from Bloof Books. She lives in New
Orleans where she co-edits TENDE RLOIN, an online gallery for poetry,
and performs as [Bi]Nary with the New Orleans Poetry Brothel. Her first
full-length collection, selected by Dawn Lundy Martin as the winner of the Queer Voices Award, is forthcoming from Switchback Books.
MEGAN VOLPERT is the author of five books on communication and popular
culture, most notably about Andy Warhol and most currently, Only Ride
(Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014) is a nominee for Georgia Author of the
Year. She has been teaching high school English in Atlanta for the
better part of a decade and recently served as her school's Teacher of
the Year. Volpert edited the American Library Association-honored and
Lambda finalist anthology This assignment is so gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the
Art of Teaching. She got her MFA at LSU. Predictably,www.meganvolpert.com is her website.
BRAD RICHARD is the author of three books of poems and two chapbooks,
including Motion Studies (The Word Works, 2011), Curtain Optional (Press
Street, 2011), and Butcher’s Sugar (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012). His
poems and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters
& Commentary, Barrow Street, Gettysburg Review, Guernica, Literary
Imagination, Mississippi Review, New Orleans Review, Okey-Panky,
Passages North, Plume, Witness, and Xavier Review, among other journals.
He directs the creative writing program at Lusher Charter School in New
Orleans, and keeps very busy with endeavors for young writers and LGBT
writers in the New Orleans region.
MAURICE RUFFIN is a graduate of the MFA program at the
University of New Orleans. He has recently won two short story awards:
the 2014 Iowa Review fiction award (for “The Ones Who Don’t Say They
Love You”) and the 2014 Short Fiction Contest at So to Speak: A Feminist
Journal of Language and Art! (for “The Anchor Song”). His
novel-in-progress, All of the Lights, won the gold medal for that
category in the 2014 William Faulkner-William Wisdom writing
competition, and an excerpt will appear in an upcoming issue of
Callaloo. His writing has also appeared in
The Knicknackery, Writing Tomorrow, Redivider Journal, 94 Creations,
The Apalachee Review, Regarding Arts & Letters, and the University
of New Orleans’s Ellipsis.
MONA LISA SALOY is an author,
folklorist, educator, and scholar. An award-winning author of
contemporary Creole culture in poems about Black New Orleans before and
after Katrina, Saloy documents sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes, and
clap-hand games to discuss the importance of play. Her first book of
poems, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the
PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and tied for a third. Her new book,
Second Line Home, is a refreshing collection of poems that captures the
day-to-day New Orleans speech, contemplates family dynamics, and
celebrates New Orleans—all in a way everyday people can enjoy.
CORINA COPP is a writer and theater artist based in New York. She is the
author of the chapbooks ALL STOCK MUST GO (Shit Valley Verlag,
Cambridge, UK), Miracle Mare (Trafficker Press), and Pro Magenta/Be Met
(Ugly Duckling Presse), among others. Recent work can be found in
Cabinet, BOMB, Boston Review, Corrected Slogans: Reading and Writing
Conceptualism (Triple Canopy), SFMOMA’s Open Space, and elsewhere. She
is developing a three-part play entitled The Whole Tragedy of the
Inability to Love, inspired by the successive forms of the work of
Marguerite Duras. She is a curator at the Segue Foundation and a 2014
NYFA Fellow in Poetry. Her first book, The Green Ray, is forthcoming
from Ugly Duckling Presse this spring.
DESIREE DALLAGIACOMO is a
student at the University of New Orleans where she studies creative
writing and women & gender. In October of 2014, She ranked 3rd at
the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee,
the recipient of UNO’s Ryan Chigazola Poetry Scholarship, and, as a
member of Slam New Orleans, ranked 3rd in the nation at the 2014
National Poetry Slam. She is a teaching artist for Forward Arts, The
Recovery School District, and The Centre for the Arts. Her work has been
featured onEverydayFeminism.com, The Huffington Post, Upworthy.com,
in Tulane University’s production of The Vagina Monologues, the New
Orleans Fringe Festival, Tandem Review, and Words Dance Literary
Magazine. For more of her work, you can check out poemsbydes.tumblr.com
BUDDY WAKEFIELD is a three-time world champion spoken word artist
featured on the BBC, ABC Radio National, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, NPR, and
most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records. In 2004
he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals and then successfully
defended that title at the International Poetry Festival in Rotterdam,
Netherlands against the national champions of seven European countries.
In 2005 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship again and
has gone on to share the stage with nearly every notable performance
poet in the world. Born in Shreveport, LA, mostly raised in Baytown, TX,
and now claiming Seattle, WA as home, Buddy is an author at Write
Bloody Publishing, a queer activist, and an original Board of Directors
member with Youth Speaks Seattle. Wakefield, who is not concerned with
what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances
of humor and heart.
feb3 @ 8pm international poet marc vincenz returns and two exciting first rivers from ull professor, rhonda r. berkely, and br's own anna wilson-- Rhonda R. Berkeley is
a dream-poet, whose work explores unconscious processes and motivations,
through a multiplicity of associations. Dr. Berkeley's academic focus on
psychoanalytic theory and poetics informs her work. She teaches English at the
University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Berkeley's poetry has been published in
various media, including journals like Ekleksographia, Knock 27, Rue de
Fleures, and Moondance; a
collaborative chapbook, Other Sticky Valentines; and a film, Acadie.
Her poem, fire and water, received a Pushcart Prize nomination. Berkeley's chapbook, Ragbag,was published by Nous-zot Press in
2011. Berkeley is also a
semi-professional photographer. Marc Vincenz has published eight collections of poetry; his latest are This Wasted Land and its Chymical Illuminations (Lavender Ink) and Becoming the Sound of Bees. forthcoming with Ampersand Books. He has been published extensively in many journals and anthologies, including: The
Manhattan Review, Washington Square Review, Plume, Guernica, The Bitter
Oleander, St. Petersburg Review, Fourteen Hills, Exquisite Corpse,
Spillway and The Canary. He is the translator of numerous
German-language poets, including the Herman Hesse Prize winner, Klaus
Merz. His own work has been translated into German, Russian, Romanian,
French and Chinese. He is Coeditor of Fulcrum and Executive Editor of MadHat Press and lives in Cambridge, MA.
Wilson relocated from the Third Coast to the Gulf Coast to undertake an
M.F.A. at Louisiana State University, where she also teaches writing
and makes "textually active" visual art, from small books and videos to
large installations featuring handmade paper. Anna's poetry, reviews,
and interviews have been featured and are forthcoming in Gulf Coast,
Meatpaper, The Volta Blog, New Delta Review, and other places.