Monday, May 30, 2011

river crests

river's been busy this month
but thanks to morganza spillway
sacrifice of rural la residents
(sincere acknowledgement deserved: thank you)
and the opening of the bonnet carre
the river crested. br and nola rest easier--

but the river never rests even after it crests
summer surge begins with the convergence of:

The Liver Delivers, a one act play written especially for the river by regular
Susan Kirby-Smith


rivering in from Grand Coteau, LA
Patrice Melnick!

Patrice Melnick’s memoir, Turning Up the Volume (Xavier Press) was published in 2005 and she has a forthcoming collection of essays in Fall, 2011 (Catalyst Book Press.) Her essays and poems have appeared in a number of literary journals including Grain, The Xavier Review, Buffalo Bones and Prism International.

Patrice Melnick taught at Xavier University in New Orleans for 13 years where she founded one of the first creative writing programs at a Historically Black University. She teaches a Literary Nonfiction Workshop in the low-residency MFA program at the University of New Orleans.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Melnick opened up an international gift shop and started a literary reading and open mic series. In 2010 she established the nonprofit organization the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective Inc.

Melnick holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

and special lagniappe reading from: james blanchard

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Monday, May 9, 2011

dig call for submissions

Dear Poets,

Christopher Shipman here. I want to let you all know immediately that I have been asked to act as poetry editor for DIG Magazine of Baton Rouge. As the name implies, DIG is devoted to uncovering, or digging up all Baton Rouge has to offer. Poetry is something that Baton Rouge has to offer its citizens in plentiful delicious helpings. I want to extend a call for submissions (SEE BELOW) to all of you and any poets you may know in the Baton Rouge area who may be interested in seeing their work published in an eclectic quality magazine close to home.

The constantly growing poetry community of Baton Rouge is full of talent and inspiration. What better way to ensure this community reaches out to other important communities in the city than providing another exciting space for voices to be heard? DIG is a space for poets to do what poets do best- say a lot while saying very little. With that said, and considering the magazine's attention to the whole of Baton Rouge, DIG offers poets the challenge of submitting poems of only six to nine lines. Are you up to it? I look forward to finding out. DIG wants to publish a poem a week, so please see full guidelines below and start submitting!

Please submit up to 5 poems (of six to 9 lines) in a single word attachment directly to me at

In the subject line of your email include "Your Name - DIG SUBMISSION"

Be sure that you include a cover letter that includes a brief note about yourself and your contact information.

I look forward to looking through your poems. Please forward this information to anyone interested!

Best wishes,
Christopher Shipman

Monday, May 2, 2011

river for the ages

river for the ages tomorrow (5/3/11):

capt. rick blackwood reads from his novel

(two t's) eric elliott "the graves we dig" chap release

and first river from poet charles garrett