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Brand New Ancients: Kate Tempest brings her contemporary epic to New Orleans

For an ancient art, the epic poem has experienced a long and slow near-demise. In preliterate times, the bardic storyteller traditionally served a variety of purposes: historian, entertainer, propagandist, even prophet—functions that bound a community together and offered a common…

In this time of great oppression, we are returning to old and ancient spiritual traditions: An interview with Janet “Sula Spirit” Evans

Sula Janet Evans is a singer-songwriter with the world beat/reggae band Zion Trinity and the lead singer of Mojuba, a band that focuses on sacred orisha music. She is also founding director of the Na’Zyia Doula Collective, a member and…

ROOM 220 Presents: A Happy Hour Salon with Sula Spirit and the Neighborhood Story Project

Room 220 is pleased to present a Happy Hour Salon celebrating two excellent New Orleans music books: Spirit of the Orisha by Janet “Sula Spirit” Evans and Talk that Music Talk edited by Rachel Breunlin and Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes. The…

The Waves Reading Series presents Michael Jeffrey Lee, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Sara Slaughter, Julia Carey, and David Schneider May 14

Press Street is pleased to host The Waves, New Orleans’ premiere LGBT reading series, as it presents a star-studded showcase of local queer literary talent at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude…

Celebrate April Toole’s Day at the Irish House with a mass public reading of Confederacy of Dunces

As Americans read fewer and fewer books and feel generally more isolated in the technological age, there has emerged a response among lovers of literature that seems to address both issues—mass public book readings that engage attendees both literarily and…

Maurice Carlos Ruffin on the rise, winning contests, constantly publishing

New Orleans author and native Maurice Carlos Ruffin, who will present tonight at the Room 220 Happy Hour Salon honoring the 2015 Tennessee Williams Festival Fiction and Poetry Contest Winners, has had a string of publishing and contest successes lately, including new stories…

Recently Read: Boosie longread, Against being against New Orleans exceptionalism, Zell on crime, Lazar on Kline, and more!

Here’s a roundup of New Orleans- and Louisiana-related articles the Room 220 editors have come across and found interesting in the past little while. Lil Boosie longread At Playboy, New Orleans journalist and criminal mitigation specialist Ethan Brown breaks down…

Jesmyn Ward to lecture on Southern oral traditions at Tulane March 19

National Book Award-winning author and Tulane professor Jesmyn Ward will present the fourth annual Distinguished Frey Lecture at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the Woldenberg Art Center’s Freeman Auditorium on Tulane University’s campus. The Delisle, Mississippi, native is…

ROOM 220 Presents: A Happy Hour Salon with the winners and judges of the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival Prizes

Room 220 is delighted to host a Happy Hour Salon honoring the winners of the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival’s fiction and poetry contests from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St.…

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