“I’d rather love the spikey parts” — an interview with Alma Mathijsen

Alma Mathijsen was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is the author of six plays, a collection of short stories, and three novels. Her latest novel Forget the Girls has been critically acclaimed and is nominated for the BNG BANK Literary Prize. Mathijsen…

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…

Adrian Van Young launches new novel at Maple Street Books on April 21

Adrian Van Young will celebrate the launch of his latest book, Shadows in Summerland, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at Maple Street Book Shop (7529 Maple St.). The novel begins in Boston in 1859, as the nation is…

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…

The asking is never idle: A review of Carolyn Hembree’s Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague

Room 220 will host the New Orleans launch of Carolyn Hembree’s Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, a collection of her poetry published by Trio House Press. The book won the 2015 Trio Award, selected by…

We need to be able to see each others’ wounds: An interview with Rickey Laurentiis

Rickey Laurentiis was named one of the top ten debut poets of 2015 by Poets & Writers Magazine and one of 31 contemporary poets to read by Buzzfeed. His poems have appeared in several journals, including Boston Review, Callaloo, Feminist Studies, Fence, Indiana Review, jubilat, The…

Rickey Laurentiis to headline the New Orleans New Writers 2016 LitFest March 12 and give a reading at NOCCA March 10

Poet Rickey Laurentiis will give the keynote reading for the 9th annual New Orleans New Writers Literary Festival at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts’ (2800 Chartres St.). Laurentiis is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from…

UNO presents an evening with Jennifer S. Davis and Mark Yakich on March 3

The University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop will host a reading by Jennifer S. Davis & Mark Yakich at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 140. The…

Zadie Smith reads at Tulane on March 1

Author Zadie Smith, who is this year’s Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Tulane University, will give a reading and sit for an interview with Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, Assistant Professor in English, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the Lavin-Bernick Center (Kendall…

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