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Get Lit at the Second Annual NOLA Poetry Festival


April is the cruelest month no more. For National Poetry Month here in New Orleans, the city welcomes everything from erotica in iambic pentameter (one hopes) to pizza poetry. Tonight marks the start of the second annual New Orleans Poetry Festival, organized by Lavender Ink Press and Trembling Pillow Press. The fest, which will run April 20-23 at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.), will feature four days of readings, panels, bookmaking workshops, walking tours, musical performances, and more odes to the art.


Indie Lit Fest Spotlights NOLA’s Queer, Trans, POC Poets


2tender4house, a new three-day literary festival, will take place this week with events all over the city. Presented by Tenderness, Yea, and 2fast2house, the inaugural indie fest showcases local queer, trans, and POC poets. The festival’s aim is to highlight New Orleans writers in an effort to build a more inclusive poetry community in the city and beyond. 


Slam Dunk!


From Room 220

April may be known for fests to locals, but the cruelest month holds lots of importance in the literary world. Team Slam New Orleans will celebrate National Poetry Month with a Youth Poetry Showcase and Adult Cash Slam on Sunday (4.01), from 1p.m. until 4 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle).


Lamb Slam!


By Sarah Slaughter for Room220

National Poetry Slam champion Justin Lamb is releasing his first chapbook, Everything Has A Place, onSaturday, Jan. 16th, at The Space (Cellar Door, 916 Lafayette St.). Doors open at 7 PM, and the show will begin at 8 PM. The show is free and open to the public (21+). Chapbooks will be available for sale.


Voyage Home: Robin Coste Lewis to Speak at NOMA


By Sara Slaughter for Room 220

This week, the New Orleans Museum of Art will take a long look at American identities capped by a literary treat. Poet and National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis will speak at NOMA (1 Collins Diboll Circle) at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8. 


Room 220: Speaking in Tongues, Part II

Los Invisibles Inmigrantes of the Post-Katrina New Orleans Reconstruction Apocalypse Blues



This is an excerpt Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares, a new collection of poetry by José Torres-Tama. Room 220 will host a Post-Brunch Salon to celebrate its release from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.)


Room 220: Speaking in Tongues

Bilingual Native Citizen of the Hemispheric Americas: Latino Immigrants & the Reconstruction



This is an excerpt from the introduction to Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares, a new collection of poetry by José Torres-Tama. Room 220 will host a Post-Brunch Salon to celebrate its release from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.)


Room 220: Chums & Chapbooks

Poets Andy Young and Sara Slaughter Interview Each Other



Poets Andy Young and Sara Slaughter met while in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. They will each present their new book at a Happy Hour Salon presented by Room 220 from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Ave.).


Verve and Verse

Poet Andrea Gibson Speaks Up at Cafe Istanbul Sunday



Poet and activist Andrea Gibson will be at Cafe Istanbul on January 19, performing poems from her newest album, TRUCE, along with past work.


Speaking Neeli

Poet Neeli Cherkovski Talks Bukowski, LouJon and the Classics



Poet Neeli Cherkovski has spent time with Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Charles Bukowski. Recently, he spent some time with local writer Todd Cirillo, while visiting New Orleans.


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