Interview with Danielle Pafunda


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Danielle Pafunda: Judge for Bayou Magazine Poetry Contest

“These girls refuse to be polite about their deaths. They play with the audience, sometimes making fun of our aversion to death, or our pearl-clutching tendencies, or the reverence we show people only after they’ve died. There are times when a subset of the we is on about something the rest don’t care about. While my dead girls are honest, they’re not there to be virtuous or edifying, or purify the culture. They’re sardonic, sometimes vengeful, sometimes filled with perverse glee.”

Read the whole interview here.

See contest guidelines here.



Pushcart Prize Nominations


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Bayou is delighted to announce our Pushcart Prize nominations. The Pushcart Prize recognizes the best of the best from small presses across the country. Congratulations to our nominees.

“Go Hungry” Ashley Kunsa
“A Tomb Dug Under Mother” Dustin M. Hoffman


“The Inexorable Wear of Enamel” Mary Anna Evans
“A Whole ‘Nother World” John Langenfeld


“Mrs. Keithlyn Konou tells me what she did after the fire that killed her family” Kimo Armitage
“Her Knife” Kwoya Fagin Maples



December Literary Events


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J.T. Blatty at Octavia Books

Saturday the 1st

Indie Author Day, Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop, All-Day

Sunday the 2nd

Desirée Kent discusses and signs her book, 100 First Dates: A Collection of Encounters That Will Make You Laugh, Cry, and Cringe, NOLA Brewing Tap Room, 11 AM

Poetry Night, Maple Leaf Bar, 3 PM


Click here for complete list of events.