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Odd Words March 27, 2014

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.

& Thursday kicks off with a reading with poet Richard Siken. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. at NOCCA, 2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans 70117. Siken’s poetry collection Crush is the winner of the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, judged by poet Louise Glück. Glück says in the forward: “The poems’ power derives from obsession but Richard Siken’s manner is sheer manic improv, with the poet in all the roles: he is the animal trapped in the headlights, paralyzed; he is also the speeding vehicle, the car that doesn’t stop, the mechanism of flight. The book is all high beams: reeling, savage, headlong, insatiable.” A resident of Tucson, AZ, Siken is cofounder and editor of the literary magazine spork, and the recipient of a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. The reading will open with UNO Creative Writing Professor and poet Carolyn Hembree.

The Siken reading is the opening event of the seventh annual Lusher Charter High School and New Orleans Center for Creative Art LitFest, a collaboration between the two New Orleans’s schhols for the arts. The Festival, coordinated by Lusher faculty member Brad Richard and NOCCA faculty member Lara Naughton, draws nearly 150 young writers from the New Orleans area who come together to learn new skills, share ideas and celebrate the writing life. Day Two Saturday March 29: offers high school students a day-long festival of master classes with nationally renowned writers and artists, seminars, food, and sharing their work and ideas. Saturday events will be held from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM at Lusher Charter High School, 5624 Freret Street, New Orleans 70115. Tickets for the program are $20 and can be purchased here.

Headlining the Saturday festival will be poet Richard Siken who will offer a master class to all festival participants. After the master class, Siken will also meet with a small group of students to discuss poetry and the writing life. Other session offerings include Screenwriting with Henry Griffin; Spoken Word with Slam Team NOLA; Story Games with Mischa Krilov; Fiction with Maurice Ruffin; Poetry with Carolyn Hembree; Creative Non-Fiction with Adrian Van Young; Comic Art with Kurt Amacker; and Storyslam: Live Storytelling with Laine Kaplan-Levenson. In addition, there will be an open reading by members of the local high school literary scene.

& Thursday at 7 p.m. the East Jefferson Regional Library features James Butler, a writer of science fiction and fantasy (especially steampunk), leads a workshop to encourage the creation of these genres by local authors. Open to all levels. Free of charge and open to the public. No registration. This will kick off a bi-weekly event starting on Sunday, April 13.

At 7:30 p.m. Thursday The Creative Writing Fund of the Tulane English Department presents a reading by Christopher Tilghman of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, author of Mason’s Retreat and The Right-Hand Shore, Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium of Woldenberg Art Center. Free and open to the public.

& The UNO Creative Writing Workshop will also host a reading by poet Richard Siken on Friday at 3 p.m., in the Liberal Arts building, Room 197. The reading will be followed by a doughnut hole and black coffee reception. This event is free and open to the public.

& Friday at 6 p.m. Octavia Books hosts photographer Andrew Knapp and his adorable border collier Momo who has become an Instagram sensation. Andrew will give a presentation and sign his new book, FIND MOMO: My Dog is Hiding in this Book. Can You Find Him? In the fall of 2012, photographer Andrew Knapp took his border collie, Momo, into the woods to play catch. Knapp grabbed a stick and gave it a throw, but Momo was not interested in retrieving it—he wanted to play a game of hide-and-seek. After a bit of searching, Knapp found Momo hidden behind some trees. The beauty of the scene inspired Knapp to pick up his camera and snap a few shots of Momo, which he began posting to Instagram with the #findmomo hashtag. Momo soon became an Internet sensation: his Instagram feed quickly gained more than 100,000 followers, and Knapp’s project garnered interest from the media (Huffington Post, Mashable, and ABCNews.com). FIND MOMO is Knapp’s collection of charming photography that invites readers to play hide-and-seek with this ever-cute, ever-patient, ever-eager border collie who is skilled at hiding in a variety of settings.

& Saturday morning at 11:30 am Storytime with Miss Maureen returns to Maple Street Book Shop with Superworm by Julia Donaldson. Toad in trouble? Beetle in a jam? Never fear — Superworm is here! And he’s wiggling to the rescue! But when Superworm is captured by a wicked Wizard Lizard, will his friends find a way to help their favorite superhero escape? From the creators of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom a super new adventure with a wriggly, squiggly hero you’ll never forget.

& Also on Saturday Garden District Book Shop features C. S. Harris’ Why Kings Confess. Regency England, January 1813: When a badly injured Frenchwoman is found beside the mutilated body of Dr. Damion Pelletan in one of London’s worst slums, Sebastian finds himself caught in a high-stakes tangle of murder and revenge. Although the woman, Alexi Sauvage, has no memory of the attack, Sebastian knows her all too well from an incident in his past—an act of wartime brutality and betrayal that nearly destroyed him.

& Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. join the denizens of the Poetry Brothel for an intimate evening at Byrdie’s featuring unlimited free readings, burlesque and more.

& Sunday at 1 p.m. Octavia Books presents #1 New York Times bestselling author D.J. MacHale (PENDRAGON), comes to present and sign STORM, Book 2 of his action-fueled, tantalizingly plotted SYLO CHRONICLES sci-fi conspiracy trilogy. A thrilling trilogy that begins on a peaceful island community that is rocked by a series of mysterious deaths, and quickly becomes a massive conflict that will determine the future of mankind. A group of young people uncover clues they hope will lead to the truth behind the madness for nothing is what it first appears to be. The quest to defend their home is made all the more difficult because they can’t be sure of whom to trust…and who to fear. Everyone is a suspect. Nowhere is safe.

& Every Sunday at 3 p.m. The Maple Leaf Reading Series, the oldest continuous reading series in the south, founded by Everette Maddox, features guest poets and an open mic. This Sunday poet John Gery reads from and signs his seventh collection of poems, Have at You Now! (2014), followed by an open mic.

& Sunday brings SIRENS, SUFFRAGETTES & SUPER-HEROINES: A Celebration of Women’s Power and Progress at the Dryades Theatre, 1232 O.C. Haley Blvd. at 6 p.m. An evening of dance, poetry, performance & live music celebrating Women’s Month at the Dryades Theater. Hosted by Claudia Baumgarten & Diana Shortes. Fresh new work from performers such as Felice Guimont, Max Bernardi, Reese Johanson, Jennifer Pagan, Ruby Rendrag, Kathy Randalls, and more. $10 donation.

& Sunday is Slam and Spoken Word Day in New Orleans. WhoDatPoets.com lists five Spoken Word shows on Sunday nights. For phone numbers with more details on all these readings visit WHODATPOETS.COM. (I stopped listing all of the events because one venue’s name forced me to limit this post for readers over 21. Check WHODATEPOETS.COM for all the latest on slam and spoken word in New Orleans.

& Speak Sunday is hosted every Sunday at 7 pm by Duece the Poet at Therapy, 3001 Tulane Avenue, also featuring live painting of the performers by C.C. Givens.

& Also on Monday the East Bank Regional Library hosts it’s Fiction Writers’ Group – Critique Session. The Fiction Writers’ Group is a support group for serious writers of fiction. We do not focus on poetry, essays or nonfiction. Events consist of critique sessions from group members, author talks and writing exercises. Free of charge and open to the public. Registration is not required.

& 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. She features interviews with authors of local and national interest. Watch Odd Words on Facebook and Google+ on Tuesdays for a complete list of her guests and features.

& Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Garden District Book Shop presents Nevada Barr’s Destroyer Angel. Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen. On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teen-aged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.

& Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. the 1718 Society hosts a reading by Tulane professor/author Thomas Beller. He is the author of three books–How to Be a Man, The Sleep Over Artist and Seduction Theory, and is a contributor to The New Yorker, Guernica, The Parish Review and N+1. He teaches creative writing at Tulane University. The 1718 Society is a literary organization comprised of Tulane, Loyola, and UNO students. Their monthly reading series at the Columns Hotel is free and open to the public. It showcases the work of student readers, as well as that of prominent local and national writers.

& Every Tuesday night get on the list to spit at the longest running spoken word venue in New Orleans at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club hosted by African-American Shakespear. Doors open at 7pm and the Mic pops at 8pm. It is $5 to get in.

& The UNO Creative Writing Workshop will host a reading by guest poet Peter Cooley on Wednesday, April 2, at 8 p.m., at the UNO Campus Art Gallery. The reading will be followed by a booksigning and wine and cheese reception. This event, which is free and open to the public, was made possible by a grant from Poets & Writers.

& In honor of National Poetry Month, Fleur de Lit’s April reading will feature local poets. The reading will be held Wednesday, April 2nd, at 6:30pm at Pearl Wine Co. in the American Can Co. (3700 Orleans Ave.). Readers include: Brad Richard (Motion Studies and Butcher’s Sugar); Rodger Kamenetz (To Die Next to You); Melinda Palacio (Ocotillo Dreams and How Fire is a Story, Waiting); Nik Richard (Love and Water and A Dream for Sale), Kelly Harris and Marla Chirdon. You must be 21 to attend this event.

& Every Wednesday at 8 pm at the Neutral Ground Coffeehouse there is an hour-long open mic poetry night (or fiction night; whatever you want to read really!)

Also at 8 p.m. Wednesday the Blood Jet Poetry Series hosted by Megan Burns resumes at BJs. Poets Geoff Munsterman and fiction writer Tom Andes will feature. Share some work as well.



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