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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: NOLA Celebrates Bloomsday with Marathon Reading of Ulysses

Press Street's Room 220

Join a bevy of local writers and James Joyce enthusiasts as New Orleans celebrates Bloomsday with a marathon reading of Ulysses beginning at 2 p.m. this Sunday, June 16, at the Irish House (1432 St. Charles Ave.). 

Today in New Orleans 6.4.13

Make groceries this morning at the Uptown Crescent City Farmers Market. Tonight, free film screening from DJ Soul Sister, Americana Soul at Tip’s, and more. On this date in 1986, the Neville Brothers joined U2, String, Bryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, and Lou Reed on the Conspiracy of Hope Tour. Now, more to do this Tuesday.

Room 220: OPP English, Part II: 'When I Left, My Mind Was Buzzing'

From Press Street's Room 220: by Ari Braverman

Inside Orleans Parish Prison—one of the worst jails in the country—an English class takes place, not to help inmates fulfill GED requirements, but simply to facilitate their study of literature and books. In this three-part series, Room 220‘s Ari Braverman explores the parts of the program that make it work—and make it worthwhile—from the founder of the program, Nik De Dominic, to the many local writers who teach in it, to the inmates who take part in it. The program is currently an all-volunteer effort, though it is looking for funding.

Black Widow Salon Invites Five Authors

Lit lovers and anyone on the hunt for new reads should head to tonight’s Black Widow Salon gathering. The monthly event takes place upstairs at Crescent City Books (230 Chartres) and usually invites one or two writers to read and answer questions. Tonight’s reading will offer poetry and prose from five writers with strong connections to South Louisiana.

Michael J. Lee's Uncomfortable Gothic: A Room 220 Interview

by Nathan C. Martin, Room 220

Michael J. Lee denies any connection between his work and the Southern Gothic tradition, despite characteristics in his stories that might suggest one. This is not only because he’s originally from California—which disqualifies him in the first place—but because he feels too perpetually unmoored to align with any regionalism.

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