The Ninth Annual
New Orleans Poetry Festival
April 18-21, 2024
We have completed the review of proposals for NOPF 2024; if you submitted a proposal you should have been notified by now. We are (as of 3-1) no longer accepting Individual Reader proposals, which are currently under review.
We are excited to announce our feature performers for Saturday night, April 20:
Interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of Village (Coffee House Press 2023) and TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). She is also the author of three chapbooks, which include Ichi- Ban and Ni-Ban (MOH Press), Manuel is destroying my bathroom (Belladonna*), and the album Televisíon. (Read more...)
Carolina Ebeid is a multimedia poet and author of You Ask Me to Talk about the Interior and the chapbook Dauerwunder: a brief record of facts. Her work has been supported by the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, Bread Loaf, CantoMundo, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, as well as a residency fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. (Read more...)
National Book Award winner and Pulitzer prize nominated poet Cornelius Eady has set his poetry to song with the Cornelius Eady Trio. Eady's songs tell the story of passing time, the Black American experience and the blues in the style of Folk & Americana music. Guitarists Charlie Rauh & Lisa Liu join Eady in the trio. (Read more...)
And here's the lineup for International Night, Friday, April 19th, at Café Istanbul. The evening kicks off with a panel discussion:
Department of Lost-and-Found: a discussion by poets, translators, and publishers Janaka Stucky, Jake Levine, Sue Hyon Bae, Ha Jaeyoun, and Hwang Yuwon on translation.
As a character in the Jim Jarmusch film Patterson says, reading poetry in translation is like taking a shower with a raincoat on. Likewise Robert Frost said, "Poetry is what gets lost in translation." So translation is often framed in the narrow terms of what is lost. But translation is also a process where creative possibilities emerge in the chasm between languages, where new meanings and breakthroughs are often found, where authors and their work are discovered by readers in new contexts, speaking in non-native tongues. These poets and translators, working primarily between Korean and English, will discuss the role of creativity in translation, how translation affects their poetic practice, and the pitfalls and pleasures of translating and having their work translated.
Also this year we are introducing the NOPF Roadshow:
The NOPF Roadshow will feature Korean poets Hwang Yuwon and Ha Jaeyoun, with translator and poet Jake Levine plus a local poet, on the road in Louisiana. So far these dates and venues are confirmed, with more to be announced soon:
- Tuesday, April 16th, 12:30pm Reading w/ Q&A, at Southeastern University, Hammond, LA:
Ha Jaeyoun, Hwang Yuwon, Jake Levine, Alison Pelegrin, Carolyn Hembree & Skye Jackson
- Tuesday, April 16th, 7pm, Reading w/ Q&A at Yes We Cannibal, Baton Rouge, LA:
Ha Jaeyoun, Hwang Yuwon, Jake Levine, Lisa Pasold, Henry Goldkamp, & Benjamin Morris
- Wednesday, April 17th, 1pm Reading w/ Q&A, at Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA:
Ha Jaeyoun, Hwang Yuwon, Jake Levine, Albert Belisle Davis, Jessica Kennison, & Jonathan Penton
- Wednesday, April 17th, 7pm Reading w/ Q&A, East Bank Regional Library, Metairie, LA:
Ha Jaeyoun, Hwang Yuwon, Jake Levine, Rodrigo Toscano, Bernardo Wade, & Christine Kwon
Thanks to everyone who helped make 2023 another great year for the New Orleans Poetry Festival. We're happy to announce that most of the events were recorded and are now live on our Youtube Channel. The videos are also embedded in our own archive, here. Click on that link to relive or check out what you missed. Special thanks for Board Members Sean Munro, Henry Goldkamp, and Jonathan Penton for filming and for the many hours of editing and rendering it took to get the videos live.
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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.
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