The Seventh Annual
New Orleans Poetry Festival, 2022
If you weren't here, you missed another epic NOPF. Don't do the same next year.
Below is the opening announcement, for historical purposes. Look for a number of changes very soon, including a revamped website, early announcement of next year's dates and venues, and opening of proposals.
With funding provided, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment For The Arts, we are excited to announce commitments from our feature readers 2022. Whiting Award winner Rickey Laurentiis and Fence Modern Poetry Series winner Joyelle McSweeney will join us for our Saturday night feature, April 23, and at our international night on Friday the 22nd we'll be hosting 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 features will be New Orleans poets Karisma Price, Té V. Smith, Henry Goldkamp, & Daniel W.K. Lee.
Get ready for a newly organized and expanded festival. In the course of adapting the fest to our new Covid infested world, we believe we've come up with changes in venues and organization that will make it even more inclusive, exciting, informative, and fun. Building on what we learned in the online-only event last year, we will have more remote events this year, but we are also adding back to that mix the community and inspiration of live performance and the Small Press Fair.
- A curated program of online events will begin April 16 with a special Lit Balm reading and discussion on the life and work of Kalamu ya Salaam. Zoom programs will continue throughout the week. These will include readings, roundtables, and workshops, as in the past, plus a few surprises.
- Live events will commence on Thursday April 21 at 7pm with our first live reading, featuring New Orleans poets Karisma Price, Té V. Smith, Henry Goldkamp, & Daniel W.K. Lee, presented by The Splice Poetry Series & Tilted House, at the Saturn Bar 3067 St Claude Ave, 70117.
- Friday April 22 at 7 PM we will host our International Feature, at Zeitgeist Theater, 6621 St Claude Ave, 70032. Headlining the event will be Mexican performance poet and multimedia artist Rocío Cerón, Chilean poet Enrique Winter, and Chilean indigenous poets and advocates Jaime Luis Huenún and Daniela Catrileo with translators Thomas Rothe and Edith Adams.
- Saturday April 23 at 7 PM will be our Headline Event featuring Rickey Laurentiis and Joyelle McSweeney.
- The Small Press Fair will run Saturday and Sunday, April 23-4, from 9 to 5.
- The Small Press Fair and Saturday night event will take place in Greenway Station, a newly renovated 8000 square foot facility owned by the New Orleans Recreation Dept, located on the New Orleans Greenway at 436 N Norman C Francis Parkway, 70119. This open-air but protected facility is accessible, has wifi and newly renovated restrooms, is within 2 blocks of several restaurants and bars, and is located on the Greenway bike path. Besides the Small Press Fair tables and booths, there will be displays and presentations, with stages featuring readings and performances continuously through both days.
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