We Cast A Shadow: Book Launch At Ace Hotel

A couple Tennessee Williams Literary Festivals ago, I sat in the audience of a panel made up of notable UNO Creative Writing Workshop graduates. Talk quickly turned to the fact that panelist, Maurice Ruffin’s novel had just been announced as…

Kalamu Ya Salaam’s Be About Beauty:

Is it still Lion in Winter if there are no signs of frost?   Kalamu Ya Salaam’s Be About Beauty arrived in our inboxes as we sent New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader to the printer. New Orleans Griot…

Kiese Laymon in Conversation with Maurice Ruffin

Kiese Laymon in conversation with Maurice Carlos Ruffin discussing his book, Heavy: An American Memoir. Thursday, October 18, 2018, 6-[7:30] PM. Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St. Kiese will sign books after the discussion. A personal narrative that illuminates…

Possibility as an exercise of analysis: A review of Spree MacDonald’s MILKSOP CODICIL

Milksop Codicil Spree MacDonald Slapering Hol Press, 2017 “Milksop,” meaning cowardly or indecisive person; and “codicil,” a legal addendum which in some way modifies a will. Spree MacDonald’s chapbook, winner of the 2016 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Contest, immediately asks…

Confronting the surrounding, unbearable silence: A review of Lauren Levin’s The Braid

In “Can the Subaltern Speak?”, Gayatri Spivak critiques Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus; she writes: “theories of ideology cannot afford to overlook the category of representation in two senses…[t]hey must note how the staging of the world in representation…dissimulates the choice…

The animating grief is unfixable: A review of Elizabeth Gross’ Dear Escape Artist

Dear Escape Artist Elizabeth Gross Press Street Press/Antenna,  2016 “Figures take shape,” Roland Barthes writes in A Lover’s Discourse, “insofar as we can recognize, in passing discourse, something that has been read, heard, felt.” Dear Escape Artist, an epistolary sequence…

Bound by interrogative physics: A review of Stacey Balkun’s Lost City Museum

Lost City Museum Stacey Balkun ELJ Publications,  2016 Divided into two parts, Stacey Balkun’s Lost City Museum incorporates this division into what becomes an indispensible aesthetic whole, where seemingly unrelated images and moments—parties, mer-creatures, and museums (to name a few)—are…

Community Book Center to host Michael Allen Zell, DC Paul, Addie Citchens, and Nia Gates on Wednesday

The Community Book Center will host author Michael Allen Zell, DC Paul, Addie Citchens, and Nia Gates at 6 p.m on Wednesday, August 17, at their space at 2523 Bayou Road. Author Michael Allen Zell and actor/comedian DC Paul will perform…

Mixed Company to Host New Orleans Premiere of Eritrean/Ethiopian Documentary ASMARINA

Mixed Company will host the New Orleans premiere of ASMARINA: Voices & Images of a Postcolonial Heritage, a documentary by Alan Maglio and Medhin Paolos from 4 – 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Cafe Istanbul (2372 St. Claude). Admission…

Banks Street Bar hosts Open Mic Night for poets on Thursdays

Carolyn Hembree will guest host Banks Street Bar’s weekly Open Mic Night for poets from 7 – 9 p.m.  on Thursday, June 9, at 4401 Banks Street. Sign up for reading begins at 6:30 p.m., and readers are encouraged to keep…

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