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ROOM 220′s Picks for the Best Panels and Other Events at the 2016 Tennessee Williams Festival

One of the highlights of New Orleans’ literary calendar, the Tennessee Williams Festival (March 30 – April 3) is celebrating its thirtieth year of festivities in 2016. Over its three decades, the festival has faithfully brought acclaimed poets, writers and playwrights from across the country down to the French Quarter, at once celebrating the rich legacy of its namesake scribe and championing new and established voices in American letters.

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: Anya Groner

"To make this inscrutable thing understandable"

Anya Groner’s work has appeared in GuernicaThe Rumpus, The AtlanticThe New York Times, and elsewhere. Her projects include a recently produced chapbook of poetry and a novel-in-progress called The Trouble With Girls. She has published everything from essays to poetry, but her work frequently deals with the contentious relationships between young people, especially sisters. She pulls these relationships apart in a way that only a real-life twin could and creates characters that seem both real and surprising.

Room220: Zadie Smith to Speak

By Sara Slaughter for Room 220

Author Zadie Smith, who is this year’s Zale-Kimmerling Writer in Residence at Tulane University, will give a reading and sit for an interview with Karen Zumhagen-Yekplé, Assistant Professor in English, at 7p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, at the Lavin-Bernick Center (Kendall Cram Auditorium, 2nd floor).

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Olivia C. Harrison and Teresa Villa-Ignacio on SOUFFLES-ANFAS

For Room 220

A decade after Morocco gained independence from France, which colonized the nation from 1912 – 1956, a group of Moroccan poets, artists, and intellectuals launched a pair of journals that became critical venues for avant-garde art and writing, leftist politics, and transnational dialogs between writers and activists from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. 

Room 220 Makes Waves

Ready to read outisde of the box? The Waves, Press Street's LGBTQIA reading series is returning with a showcase of queer literary talent at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the Press Street HQ (3718 St. Claude Avenue).

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