Louisiana

Established in 1942, the state poet laureate position in Louisiana is currently held by Jack Bedell. Bedell is the author of several books, including Bone Hollow, True: New and Selected Poems (Texas Review Press, 2013). He is also a professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University and the editor of Louisiana Literature

upcoming events

date
Nov 10 2018
Louisiana Book Festival

The Louisiana Book festival is a free, single day festival held in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge in the Louisiana State Capitol, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol Park Museum, and tents on neighboring streets  It features more than 250 authors and panelists discussing their books and more than 100 programs, includes the Young Readers Pavilion, where children and parents can enjoy storytelling and performances; Teen HQ, featuring bestselling and award winning young adult authors; live musical performances; cooking demos; and a wide variety of book-related activities and exhibitors. For more information visit http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/

10:00am
701 N 4th Street
70802 Baton Rouge, Louisiana

recent & featured listings

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Literary Organization Louisiana Division of the Arts Louisiana
Literary Organization Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Louisiana
Literary Organization Writers' Guild of Acadiana Louisiana
Literary Organization Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Louisiana
Literary Organization Southern Louisiana Writing Project Louisiana
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Book Merchant Louisiana
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Cottonwood Books Louisiana
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Garden District Book Shop Louisiana
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore The Iron Rail Book Collective Louisiana
Poetry-Friendly Bookstore Octavia Books Louisiana
Poetry in Louisiana
Louisiana poet laureate

Ava Leavell Haymon

Ava Leavell Haymon is the author of Eldest Daughter (Louisiana State University Press, 2013).

poems

poem
I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
     flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids
poem
   Eenee Menee Mainee Mo!
       —Rudyard Kipling, "A Counting-Out Song,"
in Land and Sea Tales for Scouts and Guides, 1923

           The woman with cheerleading legs
has been left for dead. She hot paces a roof,
four days, three nights, her leaping fingers,
helium
poem

 

1.
Dear Tom Dent,
We still love you
And what it means
To be a black college
President's son
Whose point of pride
And rebellion look
Like men in the 6th
& 7th Wards.  You
And I knelt before
Them until they
Groaned.  And ain't
That music too