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Odd Words September 24, 2014

Posted by The Typist in Toulouse Street.

This week in literary New Orleans:

& Thursday at 6 pm check out the weekly Spoken Word event #WordConnections at the Juju Bag Cafe.

& At 7 pm Thursday 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.

& Every Thursday evening the New Orleans Poetry Brothel hosts a Poetry Hotline. Call 504-264-1336) from 8-12 pm CST and we’ll to hear an original poem.

& Every Friday The Rhyme Syndicate presents a spoken word open mic at Dish on Haynes Boulevard hosted by Hollywood. Doors at 8. Admission $7, $5 will college ID. Music by DJ XXL.

& Friday at 8 pm the local Provocateurs of the Esoterotica reading series are releasing the Second Anthology of Original Erotica, Enflame, as well a second CD to accompany the book, at the Allways Loung. And to celebrate the occasion we are having not just a party, not just a show, but both all one, plus a little bit more! And by more we mean performances by a few of our gorgeous, talented, and undeniably inflammatory friends! Like Mistress Kali of Freaksheaux to Geaux, Storyville Rising, and more! As one observer said, “She’ll steal your heart and swallow your soul.” And Liza Rose, the remarkably diverse aerialist who has wowed international audiences with her “aerial works that transcend the usual collection of feats and tricks.”

& Saturdays at 11:30 am its Story Time with Miss Maureen at Maple Street Book Shop. We’ll read Brave Chicken Little by Robert Byrd! Whack! What’s that? Could it be? A piece of the sky! Oh my! Chicken Little and his friends run, run, run to tell the king. Nothing stands in the way except…the sly Foxy Loxy. Surely they have time to stop for lunch with Foxy and his kits. But what happens when Chicken Little and company find themselves on the menu? What this classic story needs is a new ending and a brave hero. And maybe this time, it’s Chicken Little! Cleverly retold and exquisitely illustrated by Robert Byrd, Brave Chicken Little transforms a cautionary fable into a tale of triumph.

& Saturday the New Orleans Public Library continues its celebration of Banned Books Week with a series of events:

  • The Algiers Regional Library will host a reading of excerpts from banned and challenged books throughout history. Refreshments will be served. For adults and teens; children welcome if accompanied by guardian.
  • The Alvar Branch Library will host a Banned Books Week film for teens, Matilda, at 2 pm.
  • The Latter Memorial Branch Library will host a Banned Books Week film for teens, A Wrinkle in Time, at 2 pm.
  • The Hubble Branch Library will host a Banned Books Week film for teens, The Hunger Games, at 2 pm.

&Saturday evening bring `100,000 Poets for Change to New Orleans at the Zeitgeist Theater starting at 3 pm with an all start lineup of spoken word and traditional poets along with singers, musicians, dancers, in an open reading/performance for peace and sustainable living. Fourth annual world-wide event; the 100,000 Poets For Change, New Orleans reading is one of over 500 events to take place that day. Progressive community organizations are welcome to set up tables and distribute literature. ZTE asks $5 donation per person “to keep the lights on.” Come make art a tool for positive social and ecological change. Support Zeitgeist, the only independent cinema in New Orleans to exist without blockbusters and public grants.

& Saturday starting at 6 pm Join local poets as we organize a fundraiser to raise money to cover legal fees for those arrested in Ferguson in the aftermath of the murder of Mike Brown. $5-$10 suggested donation at the door. This event will be a social justice showcase based on experiences in the black community or relating to the death of Mike Brown featuring: Africa Brass, John Lacarbiere III, Caren Green, Gian Francisco Smith, A Scribe Called Quess?, Kataalyst Alcindor, Kalamu ya Salaam, Christine Cfreedom Brown, Akeem Martin, FreeQuency aka FreeQ Tha Mighty , Fiyah Like Ayanna + more including special performances by Baton Rouge poets.

There will also be a silent auction with art donated by: Asia-Vinae Chong Palmer, Freedoms Photography , Brandan Bmike Odums, Patrick Melon, Ayo Scott, Gus Bennett, Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy – Ancestral Alchemy by SJ-LM + more! Music by DJ Rq Away. This event is New Orleans’ response to a national call by Black/Woman/Poet Sasha Banks for Poets of Color from across the nation to come together in Solidarity with those in Ferguson. This, and all other events across the nation, will feature only Poets of Color on the mic.

& This Sunday at 3 p.m. The Maple Leaf Reading Series, features the launch of poet Gina Ferrara’s new book of poems Carville: Amid Moss and Resurrection Fern. Peter Cooley says,” Carville is a tragedy, cathartic for its readers. Read it straight through for redemption.” and another blurb from Martha Serpas says, “These striking poems do not settle on one vehicle for exploring acute embodiment, identity, and transcendence.” The book also features photographs by Liz Garcia. The Maple Leaf is the oldest continuous reading series in the south, founded by Everette Maddox. An open mic follows.

& On Monday at 6 pm Octavia Books will be moderating a Tweetchat discussion for One Book One New Orleans’s selection this year, UNFATHOMABLE CITY: A New Orleans Atlas. We will be adding the authors/contributors in virtual attendance to this site in coming days. You will need to have a Twitter account, and you can either follow the hashtag #obono14 or go to Tweetchat to follow along there. Please come with questions. We hope to have some answers! Thus far, Rebecca Snedeker and Maurice Ruffin have confirmed they will participate

& 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.

& On Tuesday at 7 pm the East Jefferson Regional Library hosts Poetry Event! Brad Richard Presents . . . Carolyn Hembree. Richard is the chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter High School in New Orleans. His poetry collection Motion Studies won the 2010 Washington Prize from The Word Works. His previous book of poems, Habitations, was published by Portals Press in 2000, and since then Lowlands Press brought out his chapbook The Men in the Dark (2004). Richard is the 2002 Winner in the Poets & Writers, Inc., Writers Exchange competition, and his work has appeared in many journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Bayou, Hunger Mountain Review, The Iowa Review, Literary Imagination, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, Passages North, and Witness. Hembree teaches at the University of New Orleans. Her first poetry collection, Skinny, was published by Kore Press in 2012. She has received three Pushcart Prize nominations for individual poems. Carolyn received a $5000 Fellowship Award in Literature from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Cream City Review, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Jubilat, New Orleans Review, Poetry Daily, Puerto del Sol, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, among others journals and anthologies. She has written critical essays for Arkansas Review and the Gale Group. Carolyn serves as Poetry Editor of Bayou.

& 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.

& Wednesday at the Latter Memorial Library A Book Club Named Desire meets. Adults meet to discuss a local classic every fourth Wednesday of the month at 6 pm. For more information, contact Toni at tlmccourt@hotmail.com.

& The next Reading Between the Wines will take place Wednesday, October 1st, at 6:30PM at Pearl Wine Co. in the American Can Company (3700 Orleans Ave.). Pearl offers a selection of wines for $5 per glass. The series is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required. Maple Street Book Shop will be on-site selling books. Readers had not been announced at press time.

& At 8 pm Wednesday WHO be reading at the Poetry & Music at BJs’ Blood Jet Series at BJ’s at 8 pm. This week features Kaycee Filson & Dylan Kreiger.

& 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!).

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