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Odd Words March 18, 2010

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Nothing clever to report today, especially after last night’s Downtown Irish St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We stood in front of Mimi’s and it was steadily raining black condoms from the balcony. I’m not sure the Saint involved would approve, and where we would get all of the damn Irishmen for the parade if they were used? Anyway, I’m a wee bit hungover so here’s a quick quote right off the side bar (you do browse the sidebar occasionally, don’t you? There are links to some fine blogs over there):

I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning. – Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

§ This week 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series presents a film screening of legendary twentieth century poet CHARLES OLSON: Growling Shaman 1956 – 1970, video outtakes of Charles Olson speaking from his home in Gloucester. Note: This screening will begin PROMPTLY at 8:00 p.m. Our featured presentation will be followed by Open Mic hosted by Jimmy Ross (sign-up begins @ 7:30 p.m.)…storytellers, poets, fiction writers, essayists, vocalists & performance artists are welcome.

If I were going to quote Olson, I’d probably go straight for The Lordly and Isolate Satyrs, except, um, well, I’ve just done that recently.

§ The city’s two arts-centric high schools, The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Lusher High School, will present their third annual literary festival for your writers. Poet Matthew Dickman, who won the APR/Honnickman First Book Prize for All-American Poem in 2008 will give a reading free and open to the public at 7 p.m. at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, 2800 Chartres St.

Other session offerings include fiction writing with Barb Johnson, author of the story collection “More of This World or Maybe Another”; dance and text with Jeffrey Gunshol, Tsunami dance company member; screenwriting with writer/director Henry Griffin; spoken word with local favorite Chuck Perkins; experimental poetry with Laura Mullen, author of three collections of poetry and two hybrid texts; radio essays with Cheryl Wagner, contributor to NPR’s “This American Life”; and book art with collage artist Deborah Norsworth. In addition, there will be a panel discussion comprised of representatives from the Lusher and NOCCA writing programs, the Neighborhood Story Project, the Queer Youth Project and other organizations that support young writers.

The Saturday festival is open to high school age students only and requires pre-registration. The registration fee is $20 and is payable upon arrival at the event March 20. To register or for information, go to http://www.nocca.com or contact Brad Richard at N.O.new.writers@gmail.com or 504.554.0963

§ Author Rick Barton discusses and signs his book of essays Rowing to Sweden. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St. Barton is the last familiar name at UNO from my own time long-ago as a student in Eng. Lit. He oversaw the establishment of the creative writing program and is a teaches Fiction there.

§ This Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Maple Leaf Bar poet John C. Knight reads from and signs his new collection, Body into Earth. Followed by an open mike. Spring is here so its a great time to visit this event in the back patio.

§ CORRECTION I saw Thaddeus Conti tonight at 17 Poets and he says his Tuesday night poetry reading at the back bar of Molly’s has ended. Sad, as it was great fun, equal parts poetry, seminar and drinking. We both agreed that deep down we’reAbbey men anyway, a preference that for me date back to the early 1980s when Betz Brown owned the Abbey and snakebites only came in one flavor and were, for the regulars, on the house. It was at once one of the most convivial and unconventional places I’ve ever frequented. Monihan had the TV personalities and the politicians but we had the people worth staying up until dawn talking with.

§ Long-time local champion of the environment Oliver A. Houck discusses and signs Taking Back Eden. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Garden District Book Shop, The Rink, 2727 Prytania St.

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