National Poetry Month (and concurrently, NaPoWriMo) is upon us, and we at Bayou have some awesome surprises up our sleeves to help celebrate! During the month of April, we’ll be posting book reviews, interviews, and writing prompts/games, as well as letting you know about events happening in and around the Crescent City, where Bayou is based. We’ll also be talking to writers and asking them to read and record their favorite poems for us, which is sure to be a lot of fun (there’s a twist in this tale, too, but we want it to be a surprise!). Join us, throughout April, in honoring poetry—the oldest recorded form of literary expression!
-Kia Groom, Associate Poetry Editor
To kick off, we’re excited to let you know about several events happening over the course of the next week in and around New Orleans. For those of you who like last-minute adventures, Fleur de Lit is celebrating National Poetry Month in style with Reading Between the Wines, which will be held Wednesday April 2nd at 6.30 PM at the Pearl Wine Co., 3700 Orleans Ave. The event is free and open to the public, and there will be food and drink available for purchase, as well as a selection of books from Maple Street Books.
Competing for your love an attention, and well worth attending if you’re in the area, the University of New Orleans is hosting poet Peter Cooley on Wednesday April 2nd at 8.00 PM. The event, which will feature a reading and book signing, will take place in the UNO Campus Art Gallery, and light refreshments will be provided.
On Friday April 4th, Maple Street Books are hosting a “Best New Poets!” reading, with Michael Grabell, Aran Donovan, and Anne Marie Rooney. The event will be held at the bookstore (7529 Maple Street) at 6.00 PM, with books available for purchase.
On Saturday, get down to the Latter Library to hear Julie Kane, Grace Bauer, and UNO professor John Gery read! John will be reading from his newest collection, “Have at You Now!”, and will have copies of his book available for purchase and signing. The event will take place at 2pm, at the Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Avenue, Uptown New Orleans.
Bayou strongly encourages you to check out some (or all!) of these events. We hope to see you there!