In celebration of National Poetry Month, the New Orleans Museum of Art is offering a free poetry workshop for students in grades 8-12 at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, at NOMA (1 Collins Diboll Circle).
Led by renowned poet Brad Bagert, workshop participants will tour the museum and select a work of art that inspires or engages them, and develop and write a poem. Students are invited to submit their completed poem to NOMA for publication in a soft-bound book that will be mailed to all participants. Experiences and novice poets are invited to apply by March 31.
Brod Bagert is a New Orleans native, a former lawyer and city councilman, and full-time poet. He is the award-winning author of 18 books of poetry for children, young adults, and adults. His books of poetry for children include Elephant Games and Other Playful Poems to Perform (1995), The Gooch Machine (1997), Giant Children (2002), Shout! Little Poems That Roar (2007), and School Fever (2008). His collections for adults are titled A Bullfrog at Café Du Monde (2008) and Steel Cables (2008).
Bagert’s work has been awarded the International Reading Association’s prestigious Young Adults Choices award, the Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, the Independent Publisher Gold Book Award, and Mom’s Choices Gold Medal.