Press Street is pleased to host The Waves, New Orleans’ premiere LGBT reading series, as it presents a star-studded showcase of local queer literary talent at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.).
The Waves has become in its short lifetime one of the most popular queer literary event series in the nation. This installment will surely satisfy its growing community of lit lovers. The Waves’ curators, Brad Richard and Elizabeth Gross, have once again brought together a lineup of seasoned, award-winning writers to present their work alongside some of our city’s most exciting new voices.
The May 14 reading will feature Michael Jeffrey Lee, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Sara Slaughter, Julia Carey, and David Schneider. Their bios are listed below. As always, this event is free and open to the public.
Michael Jeffrey Lee is the author of Something in My Eye, a collection of stories. His fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Collagist, and Indiana Review, among others. He teaches at NOCCA. Read the Room 220 interview with Lee.
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers is the author of the poetry collection CHORD BOX (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), finalist for the Miller Williams Prize and the 2014 Lambda Literary Award. Her poems appear in Boston Review, The Missouri Review, FIELD, Guernica, Washington Square Review, and others; her nonfiction has appeared on The Rumpus. She was a 2012-2014 Kenyon Review Fellow. She teaches at Tulane and the Bard Early College.
Sara Slaughter lives in New Orleans where she teaches creative writing at Lusher Charter School. Her work has recently appeared in New World Writing, The Cortland Review, and PANK. Her first chapbook, UPRIVER, was published by Press Street Press in 2014. Read the Room 220 interview between Slaughter and poet Andy Young.
Julia Carey’s work can be found in the journals Psychopomp, Dudley Review, Mason’s Road, and Tiferet, as well as the anthologies Louisiana in Words and New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost. A winner of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Prize in Poetry, she has also enjoyed nominations for a Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Project. Along with teaching at Bard Early College and Xavier University, she slings drinks at the Delachaise wine bar on St. Charles Ave and cultivates her toddler’s love of books.
David Schneider is a student at LSU and a graduate of the Creative Writing program at Lusher Charter School.