New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair, 2019

Proposals for NOPF 2019 are now being accepted!

NOPF BadgeIt's that time of year again! We need you to make the 2019 New Orleans Poetry Festival as amazing, if not moreso, than the first three years. We want more diversity, more voices, more performances, more magick and more of your poetry dreams brought to our community. 

Note that our dates this year will be April 18-21 for festival events (small press fair Apr 20-1). We apologize for previously posting erroneous dates. 

We will be presenting in the New Orleans Healing Center again as well at other venues in the area for evening events. 

Proposals to present and/or to table are open until Dec 1. Acceptances will be emailed by Jan 1. Individual reader proposals will be open Jan 1-30th with acceptances emailed shortly after they close. 

Here's what you need to know to submit a proposal:

First, note that you must be a registered user on the website to submit a proposal. If you have not already registered in previous years, just click on Log In / Register in the main menu.

Tables: First come, first served till we fill all slots. Tables are $150.00 and include two passes to the festival. We do not accept single author tables. 

Roundtable Discussions and Readings: Please present a short description of what your group will be presenting. This description helps our coordinators discuss your event and will also be used on our site to encourage audience members to attend your event, if selected. We don't want to receive reading proposals that just list a group of poets. We receive way more events than we can accept, so make yours stand out. If you look at past event descriptions on our site, you can see we favor diversity and marginalized voices as well as experimental discussions around poetics. We do accept proposals not only in translation but readings presented as well in languages other than English. 
Each event proposal is read by our board of 12 coordinators and ranked. Those with the highest aggregate rankings are accepted.
The slots are 50 minutes and require four people including a moderator who will oversee the event.
Once accepted all participants will need to buy a festival presenter pass for $50.00. Please be aware of this when asking members to participate. Also, be aware if funding is an issue for your group upon acceptance, we will work with you to make this happen. 

Workshops:  Workshops are blocked at two hours. They can be offered by more than one person. Please provide a detailed description of your workshop including what participants can expect to write, make, or come away with from your workshop. Past workshops have made on site broadsides, visual poetry and some have provided workbooks for all participants for future projects. 

Any further questions, please email We will try to promptly respond. Please do not message us across social media as we may not check these sites regularly. 

New This Year: You asked for more opportunities to read, so we are partnering with New Orleans' newest Poetry and Performance Space: The Dragonfly to host a marathon open-mic reading on Friday in conjunction with our opening convocation, a great opportunity to make sure you get to read at the Festival!. Web signup sheet and details forthcoming.

Featured Readings and Perfomances: Stay Tuned for our 2019 Full Feature list but we thought you might like to know that one of them will be Anne Waldmanperforming with Fast Speaking Music (Ambrose Bye and Devin Brahja Waldman). 

NOPF 2019 Schedule Overview: 

Thursday, April 18, 2019: 

  • Dragonfly Open Studio hours/ Registration 12-5
  • Dogfish Reading Series NOPF Opening Event 7PM

Friday, April 19, 2019:

  • Marathon Poetry Reading at The Dragonfly 12-5
  • Friday Night Feature at Cafe Istanbul 7PM

Saturday, April 20, 2019:

  • Small Press Bookfair and Festival Events at the New Orleans Healing Center, 9AM-5PM
  • Saturday Night Feature Event at Siberia 7PM

Sunday, April 21:

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

Our main venue for NOPF19 is the same as 18, the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude:

The Saturday night show will be across the street at Siberia, 2227 St Claude, with other events at nearby venues.

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