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Room 220: Adam Weinstein

"Every one of these pieces is absolutely sincere"

I first met Adam Weinstein in Tuscaloosa, that notorious Alabama town with the famous athletics program. Adam and I had come seeking Master in Fine Arts degrees in creative writing, along with several other lost souls. We received good instruction and did pretty well. Actually we became excellent friends, and, except for one night, when we had a shockingly violent wrestling match in my car, managed a great deal of kindness toward one another.

Room 220: Rickey Laurentiis

"We Need to be Able to See Each Others’ Wounds"

Rickey Laurentiis was named one of the top ten debut poets of 2015 by Poets & Writers Magazine and one of 31 contemporary poets to read by Buzzfeed. His poems have appeared in several journals, including Boston Review, Callaloo, Feminist Studies, Fence, Indiana Review, jubilat, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, Oxford American and Poetry.

Room 220: James B. Borders IV Releases "Making Time"

By Sara Slaughter for Room 220

James B. Borders IV recently released a chronological history disclosing the pivotal African-American names, events and locations in Marking Time, Making Place: An Essential Chronology of Blacks in New Orleans Since 1718 (Beckham, 2015).

A Very Nice Negotiation

An Interview with Uriel Quesada

I interviewed Uriel Quesada at an uptown coffee shop. Our conversation began the moment I joined Quesada at his table — he’s a dynamic speaker, very animated, excited to talk as much about himself as everything outside of himself. The interview began after a brief chat about his novel, El gato de si mismo, which is currently being translated into English as Miss Fortune Lets the Cat Out.

K-Paul Books Make SoFAB Even Fabber

There is no question that Paul Prudhomme left a massive legacy. A generation discovered a new way to eat because of the iconic chef. Now, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is helping to pass that legacy on to future generations. Prudhomme’s family announced that they will be donating his personal collection of books and culinary documents to SoFAB.

Room 220: Wave Length

By Sara Slaugher for Room 220

The Waves, a new quarterly LGBTQ reading series, will hold its first reading of 2016 at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28, at Antenna Gallery (3718 St. Claude Ave.)  The series will present local and visiting writers alongside emerging and student voices to encompass a multigenerational LGBTQ perspective.

Bibliophiles' Delight

Here, at NoDef, we are big fans of the digital revolution, but we still hold print and pulp in high regard. So, there was some excitement in our offices when the New Orleans Public Library announced expanded hours this week.

Recently Read: New Orleans Writers Roundup

By Sara Slaughter for Room 220

Countless writers in New Orleans are ever plucking away at their keyboards, conducting research or interviews, or simply probing their memories and inner lives to create worthwhile work. Much of this is published online, scattered disparately throughout cyberspace. Here are a few things we at Room 220 read recently that compelled us to gather them together and share.

Fares at the Fair

You're Allowed to Sell Books in New Orleans Without a Permit

In the city of New Orleans, books are the one item a person can give away or even sell on public property without obtaining permission, or purchasing any sort of permit.

Room 220

Journal Jolt

Editor John Freeman and author Garnette Cadogan will present the inaugural issue of Freeman’s, a new journal featuring writing by some of today’s most notable authors, with an event from 6 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania St.).

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