RM220’s Picks for the Best Panels and Other Events at the 2017 Tennessee Williams Festival (March 22 – 26)

One of the highlights of New Orleans literary calendar, the Tennessee Williams Festival (March 22 – 26) is celebrating its thirty-first year of festivities in 2017. Over its three decades, the festival has faithfully brought acclaimed poets, writers and playwrights from across…

The Poetry Buffet Presents Fiction

The Poetry Buffet will host fiction writers Moira Crone, Barb Johnson, and Jonathan Kline at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, at the Milton H. Latter Branch of the Public Library (5120 St. Charles Avenue). Moira Crone has published five works of fiction. Her stories have appeared…

There’s real darkness here, real heat: Ari Braverman wins the 2012 James Knudsen Prize in Fiction

Room 220 was delighted to learn that our frequent contributor Ari Braverman was recently selected as the winner of the 2012 James Knudsen Prize in Fiction, awarded by Bayou Magazine and the University of New Orleans. This year’s contest was…

Any System of Thinking Holistically has been Totally Abandoned: An interview with Moira Crone

By Ari Braverman In Moira Crone’s new sci-fi parable, The Not Yet, coastal flooding has turned the Gulf South into a wild archipelago. The New Orleans Islands are mostly a playground for Heirs, the decadent ruling class whose lives have…

Room 220 anticipates the END OF DAYS — Dec. 10 and 13

As those of us in the know are all too acutely aware, the end of the world is going to take place on December 21, 2012. We are not sure what will happen–will the universe simply implode in God’s hands?…

A dizzying array of extraordinary events

By Nathan C. Martin A recurring theme among conversations I have with my friends is that New Orleans largely lacks—and this phrase has almost become a joke among certain folks I know—an “elevated level of discourse.” One friend went as…