An Exceptional reading series in downtown Baton Rouge, LA (presently hosted by Caneland Distillery). River Writers offers pop up creative writing readings for the literary community. Founded in 2008, River Writers is hosted monthly. For regular reading interested readers and traveling writers can contact us at: email@example.com to inquire about LA readings.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
deltamouth is one of my fav festivals in la
singing free literary rhythm & blues
i'm introducing brock guthrie this evening.
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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.
ANGUS 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.
EARL 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 on EverydayFeminism.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.
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