The Eighth Annual

New Orleans Poetry Festival

April 13-16, 2023 


Greetings poets and fans. We are excited to announce that the amazing Harmony Holiday has committed to be one of our feature performers, which makes the schedule for NOPF '23 now almost complete. Here it is in a nutshell:

  • Thursday, April 13, 7 PM: Locals Night Opening Gala and Fundraiser at Saturn Bar, featuring lots of local (or nearby) poets and performers, with poetry, music, and special Neo-Benshi performance of A Streetcar Named Desire by Roxi Power. Full list of poets coming soon...
  • Friday, April 14, 6 PM: International Night Focus on Brazil, featuring bi-lingual and English readings by Brazilian and Brazilian-American poets Catarina Lins, Salgado Maranhão, Omar Salomão, Narlan Matos Teixeira, and Lia Vieira, co-sponsored by Tulane University Department of Spanish and Portuguese, on the Tulane campus, Stone Auditorium in the Woldenberg Art Center on Newcomb Place, entering from Willow St. (Bldg 82 on this campus map).
  • Saturday, April 15, 9 AM to 5 PM, Bookfair and concurrent Readings, Roundtables, Workshops, and more at the New Orleans Healing Center. Complete schedule coming soon.
  • Saturday, April 15, 7 PM, Main Event featuring Tyehimba Jess and Harmony Holiday, at Cafe Istanbul (inside New Orleans Healing Center.)
  • Saturday, April 15, 9 AM to 5 PM, Bookfair and concurrent Readings, Roundtables, Workshops, and more at the New Orleans Healing Center. Complete schedule coming soon.

The proposal period for readings, roundtables and workshops has now closed. Thanks to everyone for making our job difficult by submitting so many excellent proposals. You should be hearing from us by the end of January.

We are now accepting requests from Individual Readers. Please use the form here (or from the menu above) to submit your request. Please note that we have a very limited number of these reading slots, which will take place during the concurrent sessions on Saturday and Sunday. You will need to be registered and logged in to submit a request.

Check back soon for more info and complete schedule of concurrent events.


Please Help Us Keep NOPF Free by Donating Today

We are committed to the idea that poetry should be free and open to everyone, but please realize that it costs a significant amount to put this festival on. So if you can, please send your tax deductible donation to NOPF today, or, better yet, set up a recurring gift. Click here to access our easy-to-use donation portal.


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2022 Recap:

With funding provided, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment For The Arts, we had a fabulous lineup of readers in 2022. Whiting Award winner Rickey Laurentiis and Fence Modern Poetry Series winner Joyelle McSweeney joined us for our Saturday night feature, and our international night hosted the performance poet and multimedia artist Rocío Cerón (Mexico) and poet, translator, editor and lawyer Enrique Winter (Chile) along with Chilean indigenous poets and advocates Jaime Luis Huenún and Daniela Catrileo with translators Thomas Rothe and Edith Adams. Our locals night featured New Orleans poets Karisma Price, Té V. Smith, Henry Goldkamp, & Daniel W.K. Lee.


Also Check out LITWIRE, the new poetry event calendar for the New Orleans region.


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