Friday, March 23, 2012

RIVER WRITERS PRESENTS: THE MARCHAN / ESTEP / CHUN RIVER / 3.27.12 / readings by Jeri Marchan and Brit Estep

The river never stops roaring. This big truth will be true as ever come Tuesday March 27th at 10pm when Jeri Marchan and Brit Estep join us at Boudreaux and Thibodeaux’s for a roaring river not to be missed! Come out and give a listen to these two Baton Rouge poets who promise to tell the truth the river throws our way. And if that means telling tiny lies, spilling best kept secrets hiding in your own past, or making one long wish, why would you not do this? More about our wonderful readers here:   

Jeri Marchan is an senior English/Creative Writing major at LSU and co-editor of fiction for the delta journal. She is in the process of submitting her first full-length poetry collection for publication and will be pursuing her MFA degree at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop come fall.

Brit Estep is a writer and educator originally from Indiana. She has spent the last three years completing in MFA in creative writing in South Louisiana. Her spiritual practices include: studying with her teacher Lama Surya Das, forgiveness, watching westerns and trying to be in her body as much as possible. She is interested in contemplative and integrative education and believes in the power of creativity with all her heart.

Part of Estep’s thesis Signals was published by Shambhala in their young Buddhists project, 35<35, where Estep said this about her work: 

“Vulture Biology is an excerpt from my dharma nature poetry memoir, Signals. Signals is the writing that happened after my father suddenly died in 2010. It is a collection of contemplative stories which detail the nature of impermanence both personally and planetary. When my eyes were opened by the deep sadness I was experiencing, I could not stop looking at just my pain. My previous pronoun boundaries of me, you and them- all became a blurry mess as the world I had known was wiped clean away. Grief handed me Buddhism as a way to continue to open my heart.”

Carolyn Chun also read form her book How to Break the _______   _______ (Article) (Noun).

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


/ readings by Gina Ferrara and Jonathan Kline

Join River Writers at 8pm on Tuesday March 13th at Boudreaux and Thibodeaux’s (214 Third Street) as we welcome two new wonderful readers to our stage for the first time! Just up the river from New Orleans, Gina Ferrara and Jonathan Kline will bring everything the river rivers rivering with them! This is an event not to be missed and a perfect start to a week of literary bliss for Baton Rouge as we roll into the festivities of Delta Mouth just two days later. Come out to hear and support these traveling poets and storytellers as they make their offerings to the river! Why would you not do this?  Read more about our wonderful readers and their work here:

Gina Ferrara received her MFA from the University of New Orleans and teaches English at Delgado Community College. In 2006, her chapbook, The Size of Sparrows, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including: The Poetry Ireland Review, The Briar Cliff Review, and Callaloo. She was awarded a grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation for her work in poetry and currently directs a monthly reading series for the New Orleans Public Library. Her book, Ethereal Avalanche, was published by Trembling Pillow Press in October of 2009. Her latest collection of poems, Amber Porch Light, will be published in 2013 by Wordtech Press.

Jonathan Kline grew up in northern Michigan. After receiving his MFA in Time Art from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, he moved to NYC and then New Orleans. His poems have been published in Tribes Magazine The Cooper Point Journal, Yawp, Cocktail, and The Maple St. Rag. Cds of his work include Conceptual Cowboy Yodeling , produced by H.O.M.E. Studio and Stories My Mother Told Me Never to Tell produced by Puppethead Productions. He was recently awarded a residency by the Santa Fe Art Institute and currently teaches visual art at a charter school in New Orleans.

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