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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.


Kicking off the festival on Thursday (4.20) is an opening reception at Cafe Istanbul, the intimate music venue inside of the Healing Center. The party will feature the famed Poets With Bands show, welcoming musicians like Americana singer-songwriter Kelcy Mae, spoken word poet and singer Jamie Bernstein, and bands Skin Verb, The Geraniums and The Call Girls to the stage to perform together. 


Friday and Saturday will see a Small Press Fair take over the Center. Top small presses like the founding sponsors Lavender Ink / Dialogos and Trembling Pillow Press will be repped at the two-day fair, as will indie bookstore Tubby & Coo’s and the New Orleans Public Library. 


On Friday, NOPF will feature performers Chuck Perkins, Lisa Samuels, Rodger Kamenetz, and A Scribe Called Quess? Saturday will see poets Tyrone Williams, Kelly Harris, Lee Herrick, and Rodrigo Toscano take the stage at the Center. The festival will culminate with a Grand Open Mic at the Maple Leaf Bar on Sunday at 3PM. 


Sponsors for the fest include the New Orleans Healing Center, Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop, New Orleans Public Library, Spotted Cat Food & Spirits, Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation, Black Radish Books, The National Performance Network, and Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. 


Check out the full line-up here. 

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Renard Boissiere, Evan Z.E. Hammond, Naimonu James, Wilson Koewing, J.A. Lloyd, Nina Luckman, Dead Huey Long, Alexis Manrodt, Joseph Santiago, Andrew Smith, Cynthia Via, Austin Yde


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Michael Weber, B.A.


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Linzi Falk

Editor Emeritus

Alexis Manrodt

B. E. Mintz

Stephen Babcock

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