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Odd Words September 13, 2012

Posted by The Typist in books, literature, New Orleans, NOLA, Odd Words, Poetry, publishing, Toulouse Street.
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A busy Thursday, a busy boy. I’ll save you my ramblings and just get this out so you can plan your evening.

&Tonight, Thursday Sept. 13 Room 220 presents the book launch for Carolyn Hembree’s Skinny, a collection of her poetry published by Kore Press, at 7 p.m. at Lipstick & Lingerie Boutique in Arabi (7011 St. Claude Ave). Copies of the book will be on sale and complimentary libations will be available. Donations are accepted. Carolyn Hembree is a poet and beloved teacher of English and creative writing at the University of New Orleans. Her work has appeared in a variety of respected publications, including DIAGRAM, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, and Witness. Skinny, her first book, is the result of nearly a decade of work. It follows its protagonist from the Deep South to New York City, where she encounters a variety of horrors that Hembree vividly depicts in myriad poetic forms: ekphrastic works, prose poems, dramatic monologues, odes, elegies, a pastoral, and a word problem, among other free verse experiments. The publication of such an ambitious work is as much a testament to the resiliency of independent press as it is a welcome introduction to Hembree’s startling, shining voice. Read an essay on Hembree by Taylor Murrow at Room 220: http://press-street.com/fever-ribbons/ Read an interview with Hembree by Room 220 contributor Erik Vande Stouwe at NolaVie: http://nolavie.com/2012/06/an-interview-with-carolyn-hembree-67352.html

& 17 Poets! tonight at 7:30 p.m. presents Jamie Bernstein and Bill Lavender. Bernstein is the author of the story and song Black Santa. He first became visible in the New Orleans entertainment scene as a spoken word poet performing throughout the city before the turn of the century. In 2009, Jamie released his first album Songs from the Tree of Life. He released his 2nd album Very Same Dream in January 2011. Lavender is a poet, editor, publisher, and teacher. He grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas but has spent most of his adult life in New Orleans. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including I of the Storm, which includes passages on the Katrina disaster, and an innovative book of short poems, While Sleeping. He also edited the ground-breaking anthology, Another South: Experimental Writing in the South, from University of Alabama Press. His poems and stories have appeared in dozens of print and web journals and anthologies, and his essays and theoretical writings have been published in Contemporary Literature and Poetics Today, among others. His latest book is Memory Wing from Black Widow Press.

& Also tonight. Sept. 13 at 6:00 p.m. David Lummis celebrates the long-awaited publication of The Last Beacour, Part Two of The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans at Octavia Books. “Here is a guy who can paint accurately while he suffers—a talented bohemian, in other words. A worthy addition to your growing New Orleans shelf.” —Andrei Codrescu Garden District Books hosts

& Thursday is a busy night: At 5:30 p.m. Garden District Books features William Barnwell’s Lead Me On, Let Me Stand: A Clergyman’s Story in White and Black, “a moving, passionate memoir of a life of ministry by a dedicated preacher striving to bring together things that tend to pull apart–the church and the world, women and men, old and young, straights and gays, works and faith, the Deep South and the Far North, blacks and whites, a quest for the love described by philosopher-theologian Soren Kierkegaard, “Love is the unity of hostile elements.”

& Sunday at 3 p.m. is an open mic at the Maple Leaf Bar Reading Series.

& On Sunday evening at 7 p.m. Spoken Word New Orleans presents Speak Easy Sundays Poetry at the Club Caribbean 2441 Bayou Road. Cover. Visit their website for updates on other spoken words and visiting artists all around town.

& Susan Larson, the former book editor of the former Times-Picayune newspaper and member of the National Book Critics Circle hosts The Reading Life on WWNO (89.9 FM) on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. repeating Sundays at Noon. She features interviews with authors of local and national interest.

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