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


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.