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

The Poetry Buffet will host Bill Lavender, Biljana Obradovic, and Randolph Thomas on Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m. at the Latter Library (5120 St. Charles).

Final Blood Jet Poetry Series reading of spring to be held June 8 at BJ’s

Poets Bill Lavender and Addie Citchens headline the Blood Jet Poetry Series’ final reading of their spring season this Wednesday, June 8, at BJ’s in the Bywater (4301 Burgundy). Bill Lavender is the founder and proprietor of Lavender Ink /…

The First Annual New Orleans Poetry Festival will be held April 15-17

Poetry lovers of the world, unite: not only is April National Poetry Month, but this weekend is the first annual New Orleans Poetry Festival (April 15-17), organized by Lavender Ink Press. While the Crescent City is no stranger to poetry…

ROOM 220’s Picks for the Best Panels and Other Events at the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival (March 30 – April 3)

One of the highlights of New Orleans’ literary calendar, the Tennessee Williams Festival (March 30 – April 3) is celebrating its thirtieth year of festivities in 2016. Over its three decades, the festival has faithfully brought acclaimed poets, writers and…

Violence, alcohol abuse, racism, sex, extreme weather, and finally, a sort of liberalism: An interview with Nancy Dixon on her anthology of 200 years of New Orleans literature

By C.W. Cannon An ambitious new volume, N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature, collects short fiction and plays that reflect the city’s literary history, from Paul Louis LeBlanc de Villeneufve’s 18th-century play The Festival of the Young Corn,…

Poets Joel Dailey and Mark Statman read at McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music Sept. 5

Poets Joel Dailey and Mark Statman will read from their new books at 7 p.m. this Thursday, September 5, at McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music (4737 Tchoupitoulas). Dailey, a New Orleans poet, and Statman, who will be visiting from New…

A Monday morning post, in disgust: A press and a professor bite the dust

Last Thursday, I received an email from Bill Lavender looking for a job. I didn’t quite get it. I know Bill only tangentially, but I knew he ran UNO Press and the low-residency MFA creative writing program at UNO. I…

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