Here are a few of my favorite things on the internet and hard copy this week. Timely new stories, a dig through our archive, and some classics.
from French Quarter Journal
Fresh of his recent Pulitzer win for his third collection, The Tradition, Louisiana- born poet, Jericho Brown talks with poet, Skye Jackson. Jackson’s chapbook, A Faster Grave an Antenna gallery publication, recently celebrated its one year anniversary. Jackson and Brown are both graduates of UNO’s Creative Writing Workshop.
from Bayou Brief
Writer and arts worker, Lydia Y. Nichols’ makes the case for a rent freeze and explores the evolution of eviction laws in Louisiana from the end of Reconstruction to the present. Included in this rendering of history is a look at the not oft- discussed, 1887 Thibodaux Massacre in which 300 plantation workers were wounded, killed or disappeared.
“The piece is known as the Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, and it is one of 12 tablets inscribed with the Epic of Gilgamesh found in 1853 in Assyrian ruins in Iraq. According to the lawsuit against Christie’s, the provenance supplied by the auction house claimed that the tablet was acquired by dealers in San Francisco before 1981. A curator at the Museum of the Bible uncovered evidence that that provenance was false in 2017, the suit claims.”
- from the Room 220 Archive:
A great conversation about culture, sound, practice, and coming into your womanhood in a male dominated industry. Check her out spinning with the legend, Mannie Fresh this Friday on Instagram as a part of his series, Virus Killaz.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by herself
published in 1861 under the pseudonym, Linda Brent, Harriet Jacobs narrates her journey from slavery to freedom. Jacobs spends seven years hidden in a 9x7x3 attic where she conspires upon and coordinates her escape.
Recommend by a friend:
Once upon a time I attended Callaloo Writing Workshop with quite possibly one of the most epic cohorts of all time. Among the group of fellows and teachers would be future Pulitzer winners Jericho Brown and Natasha Tretheway. Also present Roger Reeves, whose 2013 book, King Me remains a favorite.
Here is just a few minutes of the music that lived with us this week. Hope you enjoy this list and the weekend!
Journey into Satchidananda