2021 Virtual Event, Full View

Lavender Ink / Diálogos presents a reading by recently published authors, including Erin Lierl (A Child of Many Waters), Shira Dentz (the sun a blazing zero), Vincent Farnsworth (Absence Like Sun), and Rosemary Daniell (The Murderous Sky).

Also in this session, a tribute Anny Ballardini, a lovely friend of the press, who has recently passed, with readings from her work by friends.

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April 18, 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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Latter Library Reading Room

The Poetry Buffet is a monthly reading series curated by Gina Ferrara which, prior to the Covid pandemic, was held the first Saturday of every month at the historic Latter Library in New Orleans. Since its inception in 2007 the series has featured poets of local legend and national and international renown. The series now runs at the same time online

This event features readers from the series with a special tribute to Lee Meitzen Grue, our godmother of the New Orleans poetry scene, who passed away just as NOPF began this year, and will be sorely missed.

April 18, 5:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(6:00 pm EDT, 4:00 pm MDT, 3:00 pm PDT)
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This roundtable features poets, translators, translatees, scholars, and all possible combinations of the above, who are currently translating poetic works from the French and/or being translated into French by our poet-translator colleagues. We will discuss the joys and challenges we face, including making translational choices at the level of the word, phrase, and sentence, finding publication venues, writing introductions that contextualize French and Francophone texts for English-speaking readers, and reaching broader audiences for poetic translation. We will aim for our remarks to open a larger conversation about the significance of new poetic developments outside of or adjacent to English for those of us writing and writing about/on/with poetry in English.

April 20, 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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In 1790, the French soldier Xavier de Maistre was placed on house arrest, an experience that resulted in his classic anti-travel memoir Voyage Around My Bedroom. In 2020, poets around the world found themselves in similar situations, as quarantine protocols and involuntary lockdowns became the norm. Poetry is not just a record of travel, but a form of it; to reimagine this tradition in the pandemic age, presenters will read their own works on travel alongside the cherished works of others. Our hope is that travel poems (however interpreted) will reaffirm the power of poetry to help us transcend present circumstance, to inspire us to undertake similar generative voyages where possible, and ultimately lend us strength to endure whatever the future of the pandemic may hold.

April 20, 6:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(7:00 pm EDT, 5:00 pm MDT, 4:00 pm PDT)
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This roundtable will think through the dimension, direction and historiography of the site in poetry, and how it manifests through mapping, scoring, and representation. We are interested in how sites are articulated as language in traces on the page—as sentences, lines, points, fragments—that erase as they take up space, creating new sites of negation, of vacuum, violence, reconciliation, conjunction. In our discussion, we will examine how a point as a marker on a map scores the memory of an image, thereby transforming a specific location. We will examine how place and history directs a route on the page and can hold the memory of intense violence. In reading critical and creative work, we will investigate space and indeterminacy, and what writing can do to collapse time and space into a site and reexamine what the space of a text can be.

April 21, 6:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(7:00 pm EDT, 5:00 pm MDT, 4:00 pm PDT)
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Two poets connected by scarf in Lubbock, TX

We believe that play interrogates world-building while being a key component of queer bonding and collaboration. Think of all the games that shaped our upbringings: board games, outdoor games, imagination games. And what are poems if not individual worlds that we construct? In this workshop, we will engage with these worlds through group forms of play. We will do a series of activities testing out our poems in unusual scenarios while supporting each other to share in ways that will bring laughter, joy, pain, and anger to the surface. We will explore how engaging in play collectively is also an essential aspect of companionship and friendship. We will be vulnerable with one another, with glimpses into each other's imaginations, then generate new work collaboratively using the models of play from the activities. This is open to all but will center on LGBTQ individuals. Please bring 1-2 poems for the activities. Please pre-register by emailing Sam Herschel at samherschelwein@gmail.com

April 22, 3:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(4:00 pm EDT, 2:00 pm MDT, 1:00 pm PDT)
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A reading by contemporary Louisiana writers speaking in direct dialogue with historic texts—speaking the words of the dead and/or responding directly to past voices.

 

April 22, 7:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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A panel of individuals who will present “creatively critical” (or alternatively, “critically creative”) responses to the tenuous—and not-so tenuous—distinctions that currently determine how we come to define poetry and poetics as distinct from the many varied forms of experimental prose; forms such as the lyric essay, the listicle, aphoristic work, the Iberian crônica, or the fiction works of Renee Gladman, Alexis Pauline Gumbs, and David Markson, for example. Panelists include John Beer, Laura Goldstein, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Rone Shavers, and Bronwen Tate. 

April 23, 6:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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As Nightboat Books celebrates its 15th anniversary, this reading presents just a few of the books published in 2020 and 2021 that engage nuanced and inventive approaches to crucial contemporary issues. Each of these books implicitly expands the range of approaches to such issues and suggests pertinent and previously unexplored connections among them. The modes of engagement embraced by these works and their writers offer a gamut of tones and perspectives, all united by their dedication to writing as a tool of intervention and a vehicle of commitment to social, cultural, political and/or environmental change. Q&As after each reading will give listeners a chance to launch a dialogue around the issues raised and the ways that poetry can uniquely address them. With Carrie Hunter, Cole Swensen, Erica Hunt, Mónica de la Torre, Noah Ross.

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April 24, 2:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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LIT BALM is a most-weekly interactive livestream reading series taking place at 4pm Central most Saturdays. During the month of April, they are co-ordinating all shows with the New Orleans Poetry Festival.

Four poets will read on magic and poetry: Dorianne Laux, Andrew Joron, Bruce Bond, Hank Lazer, and Ruth Lepson. Marc Vincenz will MC.

Marc Vincenz, Cassandra Atherton, and Jonathan Penton host Lit Balm shows.

April 24, 4:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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Cerebros Presents: An International Sound Poetry Performance & Dance Party
The Pan Dada Hit Parade will be a livestream event in two parts: First will be a 60 minute sound poetry performance by 8-10 international sound poets from Canada, The United States, Uruguay, Brazil, and others TBA. This will devolve into a live streamed dance party from a rooftop in the French Quarter of New Orleans, complete with DJs spinning vinyl records for a 2 hour virtual event with visual projections in front of a live audience. Guaranteed to be a surreal time for all who attend.

April 24, 7:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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Dialogos Covers

This reading and discussion will focus on four recent books of poetry in translation:

Giancarlo Huapaya's Sub Verse Workshop Translated by Ilana Dann Luna
Antonio Ángel Agudelo's Sky Chess Translated by Claudia Routon
Eduardo Chirinos' A Brief History of Music & Fourteen Forms of Melancholy Translated by G. J. Racz
Olivier Cadiot's A Mage in Summer Translated by Anna Fitzgerald, Introduction by Cole Swensen

We will hear readings from each in both original and translation, followed by a discussion among the translators and authors on the difficulties of translating experimental poetry.

April 25, 2:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(3:00 pm EDT, 1:00 pm MDT, 12:00 pm PDT)
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Pandemic. Climate Change. Insurrection. Racism. Sexism. Political movements. Social. Cultural. Despair? Hope? The current landscape in the United States, as well as much of the rest of the world, suggests that for many people these are times of exile and return, expatriation and repatriation in terms not only of the physical self, but the intellectual, emotional and aesthetic. And they represent a call for what poetry has always been able to do: incite action, reflection, investigation, protest, clamor, silence, shock, love, purpose, beauty. In this roundtable, we will think about how the nature of the problematic and essentially corrupt and redemptive forces of the world have led to this moment in the world. We will focus on the ways this affects how we think about the writing and reading of poetry, the way it affects the poetics and politics of aesthetics, and what are the roles, if any, poetry might play in generating critiques and solutions. 


 

April 25, 4:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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The Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans is one of the nation’s leading venues for the presentation of creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Cultural arts production is the lifeblood of Ashé, which celebrates the people, places, and philosophies of the African Diaspora. This reading presents Poets of Ashé performing their work.

April 26, 6:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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This performance locates a Latinx poetics historicized in the symbolic permanence of a borderlands mythos. The figural qualities of the "codex" in the Latinx imaginary will be interrogated by Steven Alvarez, author of The Codex Mojaodicus (Fence, 2017), Anthony Cody, author of Borderland Apocrypha (Omnidawn, 2020), and Jose-Luis Moctezuma, author of Place-Discipline (Omnidawn, 2018), all of whom will speak to the significance of being Latinx poets during the current political moment of "the wall." As the forces of globalization and climate change push more people into states of displacement and mobility, these poets investigate the concept of the borderlands as a source of regeneration, redemption, transformation, and resistance for our migrant times. Alvarez, Cody, and Moctezuma will read from their respective books and from new and upcoming work, and their readings will be followed by a brief panel discussion of their work

April 27, 7:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(8:00 pm EDT, 6:00 pm MDT, 5:00 pm PDT)
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From single panel cartoons, to ongoing series, to graphic novels, comics and comic books have been employing a hybrid approach to both poetics and rhetoric. As poets and lyrical/experimental prose writers, we will be discussing how poetry has entered into the comic book world by writers such as Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman but also how these frames work in ways that can be adapted to the stanza. These small bits of information work with narration, dialogue, soliloquy, and action. As writers, we also employ all these literary tools and as such, we have investigated the economy of words as seen in comics to help build worlds, create conversations, work through personas, and explore ekphrastics. We will discuss some mainstream books as well as manga and some indie/avant-garde approaches to the genre. In today's age, we are constantly scrolling through visuals such as memes, that utilize very few words to attempt say a lot. This has been the way of comic book writer for over 80 years now. As readers of comics, we too have seen this brevity as way to tap into more than just wit but also the personal, the political, and the fantastic. For some of us, comic books/manga were our first inspirations for understanding archetypes and symbolism and thus helped us in creating speculative poetry and agenre/crossgenre works. 

April 28, 6:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(7:00 pm EDT, 5:00 pm MDT, 4:00 pm PDT)
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Ekphrastic poetry has a long and rich history. While the meaning of ekphrasis has changed over time, ekphrastic poetry now generally refers to poems that evoke and / or respond to a work of visual art. John Hollander has said, ‘Works of art are silent; poetry speaks its mind’.  Much more than just description, ekphrastic writing speaks of works of visual art with new inflections and, often, unexpected emphases. Notional ekphrasis is a term that usually refers to poems that evoke a work, or works, of art imagined by the poet rather than referencing an actual artwork. Such poems are doubly creative. They imagine and ‘create’ in words, one or more works of visual art and also, and simultaneously, imagine and create a poem.

In this workshop, three poets who have written, edited and published extensively in ekphrasis will lead participants in writing ekphrastic and notionally ekphrastic poems, prose poems and/or flash fiction. They will also provide opportunities for possible publication of these pieces.

There are lots of well-known examples of ekphrastic poetry, including Rainer Maria Rilke’s ‘Archaic Torso of Apollo’, Anne Sexton’s ‘The Starry Night’, Marianne Moore’s ‘No Swan so Fine’, John Ashbery’s ‘Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror’ and W H Auden’s ‘Musée des Beaux Arts, re-imagined by William Carlos Williams as ‘Landscape with the Fall of Icarus’. And perhaps the most famous English-language examples of such notionally ekphrastic works are Keats’ ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ and Browning’s ‘My Last Duchess'.

Workshop participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring along any images they would like to work with. Otherwise, all workshop supplies will be provided by the facilitators, including a range of artworks and packets with examples of ekphrastic and notionally ekphrastic work from a variety of poets and artists working in the field and a list for opportunities to publish ekphrastic writing.

April 29, 7:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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SLOW SPARKS, an interactive collaboration hosted by Red Rover Series, will involve any writers who wish to participate.  Our goals are to foster innovative forms, aesthetic solidarities, and a multifarious performance with this year’s NOPF community so all have the opportunity to improvise in live space and time together.  We will continue to recruit collaborators up to the start of the 2020 festival. During this event, every audience member is a potential performer.  Writers are invited to bring sparks of poems into the space with their spoken words and written pages.  Language collects.  Pieces of paper emerge and fall to the floor.  These slow sparks are activated by performers and keep going until the time is up.  Red Rover Series has hosted similar large-scale readings for AWP, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the MLA conference, the &NOW Festival, and past New Orleans Poetry Festivals.

April 30, 7:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(8:00 pm EDT, 6:00 pm MDT, 5:00 pm PDT)
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Los Lorcas

In the spirit of Federico Garcia Lorca—gifted musician, legendary poet/playwright and ebullient performer—poets Partridge Boswell and Peter Money, along with guitarist Nat Williams, fuse poetry and music in a passionate and surprising mash-up. Los Lorcas blurs boundaries between spoken word and song, weaving poetry with Andalusian ballads, blues, rock, folk, reggae, hip hop, Americana and jazz in pursuit of the cante jondo (deep song) Lorca so ardently championed. Exploring common roots and synergies of poetry and music, Los Lorcas celebrate the poetry of song lyrics and music of lyrical poetry in soulful original compositions and arrangements of poems by Lorca, Yeats, Marley, Dylan, Dickinson, Cohen, Merwin and Millay, among others. Troubadouring widely in the US and abroad (Ireland and Slovenia), Los Lorcas have performed in diverse venues [Poetry Center San Jose, Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Burlington Book Festival, Tucson Book Festival, Bookstock Literary Festival (w/ Robert Pinsky’s PoemJazz), Chandler Music Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, KGB Reading Series, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poetry Café and Caffe Lena],attesting to the broad appeal of their innovative vision of how poetry and music might exist together in a world less preoccupied with taxonomy and boundaries. Los Lorcas in unity is a marvel that would silence any creative individual to awe, inspiring the quietest observer to reach for each word as if they were Federico Lorca himself, meditating on song and poetry mid-stage, arms outstretched.”—Bianca Viñas, PoemCity 2018

More at: https://loslorcas.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/carlos.perdiz.54

Samples of Los Lorcas live at Bookstock 2018 with Robert Pinsky’s PoemJazz:

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April 30, 9:00 pm Central Daylight Time
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This video is a representation of poets who have been involved in the global, community-oriented One Hundred Thousand Poets for Change-- social justice in poetry-- movement.

Events take place across the globe, often with coordinated dates and with social justice themes for the event; for example, gun violence was a theme and so has been the climate crisis.

May 1, 12:00 pm Central Daylight Time
(1:00 pm EDT, 11:00 am MDT, 10:00 am PDT)
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