New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair, 2020



NOPF 2020 will take place April 16-19, 2020 The deadline for Event Proposals has now past. We received more than 100 proposals. Our Board will be reviewing them and announcing selections by January 1, 2020. 

Note that we are still accepting proposals for Tables in the Small Press Fair, and that we will begin accepting proposals for Individual Readers on January 1.

Thanks to all of you who submitted proposals and are helping make this NOPF the best one yet!



If you're new to NOPF and want to know how it works, we suggest you peruse last year's schedule. This year will be organized in similar fashion. View the complete 2019 schedule with detailed event descriptions, or view it as a simple list with titles and participants only

NOPF 2019 Schedule Overview: 

Thursday, April 18, 2019: 

  • Dragonfly Open Studio hours/ Registration at Dragonfly (3921 St. Claude), 12-5
  • Dogfish Reading Series NOPF Opening Event with Oliver Baez Bendorf, Lee Ann Brown, Henk Rossouw & Chen Chen at Dogfish (2448 N Villere), 7PM

Friday, April 19, 2019:

  • Marathon Open Mic Poetry Reading at The Dragonfly Noon-5PM
  • Friday Night International Feature with Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte, Salgado Maranhäo (Brazil) and translator Alexis Levitin, Isabel de la Fuente (Ururguay), Javier Etchevarren (Uruguay) and translator Jesse Lee Kercheval, Andrea Jurjević reading Olja Savičević (Croatia), and more at Cafe Istanbul, 7PM
  • Opening reception and party for Viz-Po exhibit at Barristers Gallery, 2331 St Claude, 10PM

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

  • Small Press Bookfair and Festival Events at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St Claude), 9AM-5PM
  • Memorial Second Line from Healing Center to Siberia, 6:30 PM (Note that this will be cancelled in the event of rain.)
  • Saturday Night Feature Event with Kalamu ya Salam, Anne Waldman and Fast Speaking Music, and the Poets with Bands rock show featuring Skin Verb and The Call Girls at Siberia (2227 St. Claude), 7PM

Sunday, April 21:

  • Small Press Bookfair and Festival Events at the New Orleans Healing Center, 9AM-5PM



Laura and IndigoNew Orleans Poetry Festival, 2019, was dedicated to one of our founding members, 2016 Coordinator, poet and NOPF supporter Laura Mattingly. Please help as we try to raise funds for her care and recovery from recently diagnosed breast cancer.

Laura, 36, mother of 8 yr old Indigo Louella, is a poet, grad student, barber, Reiki Master/Teacher, loud laugh cackler, kitchen wall muralist, and compassionate helper to many of us over the years. She has recently been diagnosed with Invasive Ductile Carcinoma (breast cancer) in her right breast and lymph nodes.

She is still in early phase of diagnosis, but test results do not show signs of the cancer spreading any further (!!!), therefore, she is scheduled for a 9 month treatment plan that begins in 2 weeks! Treatment will include: chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, & endocrine therapy. We are asking supporters to share this GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN within their networks! Two weeks from now is coming up fast, & 9 months is a LONG treatment plan! Lets make sure Laura and Indigo are set up during this time!

There will also be buckets for cash donations at all readings and events during the festival, so please give what you can.


Our main venue for NOPF20 is the same as 19, the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude:

The Saturday night show will be in a new location TBA, with other events at nearby venues.

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