Marthe Reed, beloved by us and by so many, died suddenly and tragically on April 10, 2018, just before she was scheduled to attend NOPF 18. Marthe, through Black Radish Books, was the first to sign on as a sponsor of the New Orleans Poetry Festival, back in 2016, and she supported us in so many ways, just as she supported so many poets through the years.
In her honor, others will be reading her work in her place at several events. We have also added a second line; we'll convene around 6:30, Saturday, outside the Healing Center where we'll be joined by the band, then we'll second line down to Siberia for the evening shows, stopping along the way for readings of Marthe's work. We hope everyone will join us.
2018 Schedule at a glance:
Friday, April 20, 7 PM: Opening show at Café Istanbul (in the New Orleans Healing Center)
Saturday, April 21, 9 AM - 5 PM: Small Press Fair, Panels and Readings at New Orleans Healing Center
Saturday, April 21, 7 PM: Featured Reading and dance party at Siberia
Sunday, April 22, 9 AM - 4 PM: Small Press Fair, Panels and Readings at New Orleans Healing Center
Sunday, April 22, 4 PM - : Grand Finale open mic at the Maple Leaf Bar
Some of our main features for this year:
The award winning Baton Rouge Slam Team
Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell joins us from from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Performance poet, SPD handpicked selection, Whiting Writers Award winner and Notable New American Poet from the Poetry Society of America, Douglas Kearney will perform on Saturday night. Read more about Douglas on his web site, at the Poetry Foundation, and all over.
New Orleans expat Tonya Foster returns to the city from her current professorship at California College of the Arts after winning a long list of awards. You can hear her perform at PennSound, and read about her at the Poetry Foundation, and all over.
Our main venue for NOPF18 is the same as 17, the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude:
The Saturday night show will be across the street at Siberia, 2227 St Claude.
The Sunday afternoon Open Mic will be at the Maple Leaf Bar, 8316 Oak St.
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