New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair, 2018

2018 is in the books...

Thanks to all the poets, writers and publishers who helped make 2018 just as incredible as 2016 and 17. Check back here shortly for news on 2019. Tentative dates: April 12-14....

And thanks to all of you who filled out the evaluation form. We are reviewing and heeding your responses. If you attended and haven't yet done the evaluation, we would greatly appreciate your doing it now. Access the form by clicking here.






In Memoriam...

Marthe Reed

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.


NOPF BadgeThe complete NOPF 18 schedule is now available!

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

See the complete schedule.

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.

And NOLA icon Carolyn Hembree will make the drive from the Lake (UNO) to Bywater to feature for us also. Read about her at Poets and Writers, on her website, 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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