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Interview with Kiese Laymon

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Kiese Laymon 2017 Fiction Contest Judge

“I wasn’t going to write a book based in Mississippi about black children being written off the face of the earth with no racial politics. That would be like writing a book based in the forests of Montana with no trees. It’s a cool concept, but it’s bullshit.”

Kiese Laymon is the judge for our 2017 James Knudsen Prize for Fiction. Read the complete interview here.

Literary New Orleans: November Events

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Eileen Myles at Saturn Bar

Friday the 3rd

Simeon Marsalis in conversation with Zachary Lazar about Lazar’s debut novel, To Lie Is To Grin, Octavia Books, 6 PM

Amy Berkowitz, Chanel Clarke, Aran Donovan, Elizabeth Gross, Megan McHugh, and Cassie Pruyn read at Room 220 series, Antenna Gallery, 7 PM

See all events here.

Bayou Magazine’s Contests Open October 1st

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2017 Judges

Bayou Magazine is now accepting entries for the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and the Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Reading fee: $20. Winners in each category receive $1,000 and a year of Bayou Magazine. Finalists will be named on our website, and all entries will be considered for publication.