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

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Writing Program Tulane University Louisiana
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Conference Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans Louisiana
Literary Organization Southern Louisiana Writing Project Louisiana
Literary Organization Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Louisiana
Writing Program University of Louisiana at Lafayette 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
The long, gray moss that softly swings
   In solemn grandeur from the trees,
   Like mournful funeral draperies,--
A brown-winged bird that never sings.

A shallow, stagnant, inland sea,
   Where rank swamp grasses wave, and where
   A deadliness lurks in the air,--
A sere leaf falling silently.

The death-like
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
Talking about New Orleans
About deforestation & the flood of vodun paraphernalia
the Congo line losing its Congo
the funeral bands losing their funding
the killer winds humming intertribal warfare hums into
two storm-surges
touching down tonguing the ground
three thousand times in a circle of grief
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