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Curiosity Killed May 29, 2016

Posted by The Typist in The Journey, The Narrative, The Typist, Toulouse Street.

If you are curious why this blog is so quiet, I’m jealous. Curiosity is an active state, incompatible with a depressive cycle of Manic Depression II. I’ll be back. I always come back, or at least that is my history. I just got tired of posting up a Rothko black painting or some whiny tidbit of the “oh, woe is me” sort. Those sort of posts pretty much killed this as an actively read blog, although people still appreciate Odd Words judging from the number of Likes and Subscriptions those posts trigger. So after missing two weeks then getting a friend to assemble an Odd Words, it’s back. One small step for [a] man. No giant leaps. Not yet. Soon perhaps, but not today.

Odd Words: This week in literary New Orleans May 29, 2016

Posted by The Typist in Book Stores, book-signing, books, bookstores, literature, Louisiana, New Orleans, novel, Odd Words, Poetry, reading, spoken word, Toulouse Street, Writing.
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This week in literary New Orleans:

& All local libraries will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

& Come meet New Orleans-based, New York Times bestselling author Nevada Barr presenting and signing her new novel, BOAR ISLAND at Octavia Books Tuesday at 6 pm, bringing National Park Ranger Anna Pigeon to the wild beauty of Acadia National Park. Anna Pigeon, in her career as a National Park Service Ranger, has had to deal with all manner of crimes and misdemeanors, but cyber-bullying and stalking is a new one. The target is Elizabeth, the adopted teenage daughter of her friend Heath Jarrod. Elizabeth is driven to despair by the disgusting rumors spreading online and bullying texts. Until, one day, Heath finds her daughter Elizabeth in the midst of an unsuccessful suicide attempt. And then she calls in the cavalry—her aunt Gwen and her friend Anna Pigeon. BOAR ISLAND is a brilliant intertwining of past and present, of victims and killers, in a compelling novel that only Nevada Barr could write. NEVADA BARR is a novelist, actor, and artist best known for her New York Times bestselling, award-winning mystery series featuring Anna Pigeon. A former National Park Service Ranger, she currently lives with her husband in New Orleans.

& The West Bank Book Club meets Wednesday at 5 pm at the Algiers Regional Library to discuss their selection, which is usually literary fiction. Meetings are open to the public and are hosted by library staff. The June selection is Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

& Meet Colin Campbell and George from FREE DAYS WITH GEORGE: Learning Life’s Little Lessons from One Very Big Dog at 6 pm Wednesday at Octavia Books. After Colin Campbell went on a short business trip abroad, he returned home to discover his wife of many years had moved out. No explanations. No second chances. She was gone and wasn’t coming back. Shocked and heartbroken, Colin fell into a spiral of depression and loneliness.Soon after, a friend told Colin about a dog in need of rescue—a neglected 140-pound Newfoundland Landseer, a breed renowned for its friendly nature and remarkable swimming abilities. Colin adopted the traumatized dog, brought him home and named him George. Both man and dog were heartbroken and lacking trust, but together, they learned how to share a space, how to socialize and, most of all, how to overcome their bad experiences. At the same time, Colin began to relive childhood memories of his beloved grandfather, a decorated war hero and a man who gave him hope when he needed it most. FREE DAYS WITH GEORGE is an uplifting, inspirational story about the healing power of animals, and about leaving the past behind to embrace love, hope, and happiness.

& At 8 pm Wednesday Blood Jet Poetry Series at BJ’s in the Bywater presents two local poets: Lauren Burgess is an undergraduate at UNO, studying anthropology and creative writing. She is the recipient of the Ryan Chighizola Memorial Scholarship for poetry, and her writing has been featured in UNO’s literary magazine, Ellipsis. She writes about sex, gender, dead bodies, and disappointment, all with the hope of making readers at least a little uncomfortable; if not, she hasn’t done her job. Lewis Schmidt grew up in the strip-mines and pot fields of Appalachia. He attended Vanderbilt University and the University of New Orleans earning degrees in European History and Special Education. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Jamaica. Lewis learned and developed his poetry attending the The Maple Leaf Readings hosted by Everett Maddox and later Nancy Harris, the Dragon’s Den, and 17 Poets at the Gold Mine Saloon. He took writing classes through the New Orleans School for the Imagination, and is influenced by Dada, Kerouac, Loy, Joyce and good Irish whiskey.

& The Banks Street Bar Poetry Open Mike features Guest Host Michael “Quess?” Moore at 6:30 pm. Moore is fresh off a stellar book release show at Cafe Istanbul. He’ll share a few pieces and MC the evening’s festivities and introduce poets from the sign-up list.

& Sunday at 2 pm Garden District Books presents Pamela Skjolsvik’s Death Becomes Us. Woody Allen once said, “I am not afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” For most of my life, that was my mantra. Almost everyone with a pulse fears death, but not everyone fears life. With crippling social anxiety, I feared both. But after an accidental call to a funeral home during my mid-life crisis trip to grad school, I reluctantly embarked on a journey to explore professions that dealt with death in order to come to terms with my own mortality. The result of this quirky trip is Death Becomes Us, a humorous memoir about what happens when a middle-aged, anxiety-filled, life-avoider attempts to investigate the last taboo of American culture. What started as an overzealous MFA thesis ended with my discovery that awareness of death, the one thing that collectively scares people the most is also the one thing that helped me to finally live. During my two years of research, I encountered an embalmer afraid of dying, a grieving EMT, an upbeat Hospice counselor, and a hopeful death row inmate. Emotionally I went from grieving at a funeral for my cigarettes to crying over a dead man’s body just minutes after his execution; I went from avoidance and fear to eventual immersion and acceptance. I realized the importance of looking at death to fully realize the finite nature of life.

& The Maple Leaf Poetry Series, the longest running reading and open mic in the south, meets Sundays at 3 pm at the Maple Leaf Bar at 3 pm. The June schedule has not been published as of Odd Words deadline, but the open mic is on whether there is a featured reader is not.

& Sunday at 6:30 pm Slam New Orleans presents an open mic and slam at the Ashe Cultural Center. Admission: $5.

Odd Words: This week in literary New Orleans May 23, 2016

Posted by The Typist in Book Stores, book-signing, books, bookstores, Indie Book Shops, literature, Louisiana, New Orleans, novel, Odd Words, Poetry, reading, spoken word, Toulouse Street, Writing.
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This week in literary New Orleans:


& Monday at 6 pm Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania) will host Michael Murphy in conversation with Stanton Moore, Meschiya Lake, and Jan Ramsey. Michael will then sign his book, Hear Dat New Orleans: A Guide to the Rich Musical Heritage & Lively Current Scene.

& on Tuesday at 4pm, at Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center (4300 S. Broad) The New Orleans Youth Open Mic (NOYOM) hosts its monthly writing workshops. Facilitated by Team Slam New Orleans (SNO) founding member and #NOYOM committee member Akeem Martin, the workshops will help youth learn new writing skills and improve upon the ones they already have in a fun, structured space. Attendees will have the chance to submit work to be published in the NOYOM Youth Anthology. Open to all 7th – 12th graders.

& At 6pm, Garden District Book Shop Pres Kabacoff in conversation with James Farwell, discusses and signs his book, Revitalizing Cities: The HRI Vision. Revitalizing Cities: The HRI Vision tells the story of America’s most innovative real estate companies. Emerging in New Orleans during the 1980s, HRI Properties’ early work in neighborhoods and communities in that city forged it’s mission, and it is now a leader in revitalizing historic neighborhoods that have been abandoned and left vacant. This book is availble in hardcover ($44.95).

& Wednesday at 7 pm Esoterotica: Original Erotic Readings by Local Writers Esoterotica continute its bi-weekly performance series at The AllWays Lounge (The AllWays Lounge 2240 St. Claude) with its 4th Annual Debaucherous Duets reading night, an evening showcasing all collaborative and group erotica. Slated performances by Shadow Angelina with Aime’ SansSavant, Mike Marina with Roux B Shears, Zach Bartlett with Deb Jannerson, Deb Jannerson with Davida Sharp, Fischer Pete with Megan Doe, and Many More. Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm. No Cover.

& At 8 pm Wednesday the Blood Jet Poetry Series back in the Poetry Living Room at BJs through mid-June every Wednesday night at 8PM. Welcome us back with this week’s readers: Rodrigo Toscano and Carolyn Hembree. Rodrigo Toscano’s newest book of poetry is Explosion Rocks Springfield Fence Books, 2016) His previous books include, Deck of Deeds, Collapsible Poetics Theater (a National Poetry Series selection), To Leveling Swerve, Platform, Partisans, and The Disparities. His poetry has appeared in the anthologies Voices Without Borders, Diasporic Avant Gardes, Imagined Theatres, In the Criminal’s Cabinet, Earth Bound, and Best American Poetry. Toscano has received a New York State Fellowship in Poetry. His poetics plays have been performed at the Disney Redcat Theater and Ontological-Hysteric Poet’s Theater Festival. His radio pieces have aired on WPIX FM, KAOS Public Radio, WNYU, and PS.1 Radio. His poetry has been translated into French, Dutch, Italian, German, Portuguese, Norwegian and Catalan. He works for the Labor Institute in conjunction with the United Steelworkers, the National Institute for Environmental Health Science, Communication Workers of America, and National Day Laborers Organizing Network. Originally, from San Diego, and after 16 years, in Brooklyn, NY, Toscano now lives in New Orleans. Carolyn Hembree was born in Bristol, Tennessee. Her debut poetry collection, Skinny, came out from Kore Press in 2012. In 2016, Trio House Books published her second collection, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, winner of the 2015 Trio Award and the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, The Journal, Poetry Daily, and other publications. She has received grants and fellowships from PEN, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation. An assistant professor at the University of New Orleans, Carolyn teaches writing and serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine.

& Thursday at 6:30 A Scribe Called Quess?, instructional coach at Martin Behrman Charter Academy of Creative Arts, joins forces with fellow staff Omotinubuwa Fayemi and her troupe of Mardi Gras Indians, Honey Sanaa, Erika “PoeticOne” Murray, Brittany Travesté Epps, and the legendary Chuck Perkins and Voices of the Big Easy for an evening of poetry and culture to close out your school year. Live music, food and more will be involved. ALL are welcome and invited.

& at 6:30 Banks Street Bar & Grill (4401 Banks) will launch its inaugural Banks Street Open Mic with guest host Geoff Munsterman. Poets are encouraged to sign up & read. Geoff Munsterman is the author of Because the Stars Shine Through It (Lavender Ink, 2013) and has has his work published in Poets for Living Waters, The Southern Poetry Anthology, YAWP, story|south, The Double Dealer, The New Laurel Review, and Margie to name a few and received the John Crowe Ransom Prize for Poetry in 2006. He is founder & editor at Next Left Press, which specializes is handmade poetry chapbooks.

& at 8pm Bar Redux (801 Poland) Presents Phlaurel Pollinator. Phlaurel Pollinator is a poet and singer, who spreads her positive and radiant energy with the crowd. She gets the audience in on the moment by having them join in with spoons, washboards, and anything they can. She is a unique spirit who will pull you into her orbit. Guests are invited to join her for an intimate laid back evening on the patio.

& Friday 7pm, Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel (700 Tchoup) will have Cocktails and Spoken Word. Audience members wil receive 1 complimentary cocktail and “a night of poetry dopeness” from host John Lacarbiere III.

& Saturday at 10:30 AM Nix Library (1401 S. Carrollton) will hold a creative writing workshop led my Trisha Rezende. Rezende leads a dynamic writing workshop where students will produce, share, and critique texts while learning how to develop character, voice, and style.

& Sunday at 1 pm Robert Menuet will continue to faciliate the Neutral Ground poetry forum at Neutral Ground Coffee House (5110 Danneel). Robert Menuet has been published by Loyola’s New Orleans Review, Desire Street, The Texas Review Press, and in the Southern Poetry Anthology. He is trained in performance. By day, he is a marriage counselor, psychotherapist, and clinical supervisor. The poetry forum follows strict protocols, so be advised to contact the forum before arriving.

Sunday at 3 pm the Maple Leaf Reading Series will hold its Memorial Day open mic. This is the oldest continuous reading series in the south, curated by Nancy Harris


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Odd Words: This week in literary New Orleans May 2, 2016

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& On Saturday, May 7 New Orleans indie book shops host their celebration of Independent Bookstore Day, just a little behind the rest of the country due to Jazz Fest. To celebrate Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, May 7, four local shops including Garden District Book Shop, Octavia Books, Maple Street Book Shop, and Tubby and Coo’s Mid-City Book Shop have partnered with Yelp to bring you a fun scavenger hunt! The idea is to get you to visit all three book shops on May 7 looking for clues to put together a secret phrase. Figure out the phrase and say it, and you’ll be entered to win $100 in gift certificates from all three book shops.There will be special events at each of the locals all across town, including:

  • At Octavia Books: 9:00–We open early today! Young people ages 8-12 can begin a special, fun-task-infused scanvenger hunt with Blue Frog Chocolates, Magic Box Toys, and Octavia; 9:15–Curious George: Come in your favorite animal costume to meet Curious George, listen to one of his stories, make animal noises, play around with the alphabet, and enter a bookmark coloring contest; 10:15–Jane Jacob’s Walk — Join up at the bookstore for the final stop or start at the beginning at 9:00 at Cafe Luna; and learn first hand about “What Makes a Successful Commercial Corridor?”;11:00–Adult Coloring Contest: Win a copy of GIRL WITH A GUN by Amy Stewart; 12:00–Armand St. Martin: Hear some tunes from this piano man; 1:00–Michael Tisserand: Challenge the author to a blitz game of chess. Win a prize if you beat him; 4:00–Book Swap: Bring (or buy) a book you have loved and want to share. Swap with another customer or a bookseller at the store; and, 5:00–Booklovers’ Cocktail Hour Starring the Bourbon Street Sour with authors Andrew Shaffer, Tiffany Reisz and Jenn LeBlanc. If you purchase one of Andrew or Jenn’s books, you will receive an advance copy of Tiffany’s latest.
  • Maple Street Book Shop will be serving snowballs from Plum Street Snoballs and having readings from local authors. In addition, for one day only, the will be having a sale: all used books will be 50% off! (no other discounts apply). For one day, and one day only, a number of very limited, unique, word-based items and books will be available in more than 400 independent stores across the country. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill signed first editions-these are literature-based art projects, unique books, and collector’s items created for this event only. You can’t get them before.You can’t get them after. And you can’t get them online. The shop will have limited-edition, exclusive books and literary art pieces from Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Tad Hills, Curious George, Anthony Bourdain, and many more. Only at indie bookstores. Only on May 7.
  • At Garden district Book Shop: Free Letterpress New Orleans Journal if you spend $25 or purchase an IBD themed item; You’ll receive a random tote bag if you spend $50 or more (while supplies last); Make sure you take photos and tag us on social media, when you show us you shared info about Independent Bookstore Day on social media for 15% off your purchase that day; Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) to anyone making a purchase of $15 or more.
  • Tubby & Coo’s will offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors, including a Neil Gaiman coloring book, a Brandon Sanderson pocket guide to THE STORMLIGHT ARCHIVES, and more! Since its inception in 2014, more than 120 authors have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day. At Tubby & Coo’s, we will also have giveaways and fun activities going on all day.

& The Loyola Writing Institute at the Walker Percy Center for Writing + Publishing announces their upcoming schedule of summer workshops. For more details, visit their webpage at http://www.loyno.edu/wpc/loyola-writing-institute.

& Monday at 5 pm at the East New Orleans Regional Library New Orleans Spoken Word Artists will present their monthly workshop that include poetry writing and performance, with the goal of building community through writing and strengthening students’ written and verbal communication skills.

& At 6:30 pm Monday at the East Jefferson Regional Library the East Jefferson Writer’s Group meets. This is a critique group for serious fiction writers of all levels who want to improve their story development skills. This group focuses on discussing story development and writing elements and applying critiquing skills in romance, adventure, mystery, literature (but not genres of SciFi, Fantasy, Horror of the Thursday Sci-FI Writers). Short stories, novels, screenplays, plays, comics are accepted; however, non-fiction, such as poetry, biography, autobiography, essays, or magazine articles is not. Free and open to the public. No registration.

& Meet William Geroux when he presents and signs THE MATHEWS MEN: Seven Brothers and the War Against Hitler’s U-Boats Monday at 6 pm at Octavia Books. Mathews County, Virginia, is a remote outpost on the Chesapeake Bay with little to offer except unspoiled scenery, but it sent an unusually large concentration of sea captains to fight in World War II. The Mathews Men tells that heroic story through the experiences of one extraordinary family whose seven sons (and their neighbors), U.S. merchant mariners all, suddenly found themselves squarely in the cross-hairs of the U-boats bearing down on the coastal United States in 1942. THE MATHEWS MEN shows us the war far beyond traditional battlefields often the U.S. merchant mariners life-and-death struggles took place just off the U.S. coast but also takes us to the landing beaches at D-Day and to the Pacific. When final victory is ours, General Dwight D. Eisenhower had predicted, there is no organization that will share its credit more deservedly than the Merchant Marine. Here, finally, is the heroic story of those merchant seamen, recast as the human story of the men from Mathews.

& Opening on Tuesday is an exhibitiion “Merry as the Day Is Long”: Shakespeare’s Hand in New Orleans on view May 3–June 4 in the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30–4:30 p.m. Admission to the exhibition is free. Sponsored by the Tulane University English Department as well as The Historic New Orleans Collection.

& On Tuesday at 7 pm The 1718 Society will be hosting Carolyn Hembree, author of the new book Rigging A Chevy Into A Time Machine And Other Ways To Escape A Plague. The event will take place at the Columns Hotel and is free and open to the public. Maple Street will be on hand to sell copies of the book. Carolyn’s first poetry collection, Skinny was published by Kore Press in 2012 and her chapbook by Nous-zot Press in 2015. Her newest book, Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague, won the 2015 Trio Award, selected by Neil Shepard, and the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Awar, selected by Stephanie Strickland.

& Also at 7 pm Tuesday at the Old Metairie Library the Great Books Discussion Group meets to discuss “Prometheus Bound” by Aeschylus.

& At 6 pm Tuesday Garden District Book Shop will present Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long. No one embodies the rollicking spirit of great Southern party giving more than Julia Reed, the consummate hostess and go-to food and lifestyle expert. Thrown everywhere from lush gardens and gracious interior spaces to a Mississippi River sandbar, Julia Reed s parties capture the celebratory nature of entertaining in her native South. Here, her informative and down-to-earth guide to throwing an unforgettable party includes secrets she has collected over a lifetime of entertaining. For this book, she offers up a feast of options for holiday cocktails, spring lunches, formal dinners, and even a hunt breakfast. Eleven seasonal events feature delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes, ranging from fried chicken to Charlotte Russe and signature cocktails or wine-pairings she introduces her talented friends (rum makers, potters, fabric designers, bakers) along the way. Each occasion includes gorgeous photographs showing her original approach to everything from invitations and setting a table to arranging flowers and creating the mood. Reed also provides practical considerations and sources. This irresistible book is the ultimate primer for every party-giver.

& Local, prolific author Claudia Gray is back with a new Star Wars book, BLOODLINE. Geek out at Octavia Books Tuesday at 6 pm and celebrate the launch with a presentation and booksigning. From the New York Times bestselling author of STAR WARS: Lost Stars comes a thrilling novel set in the years before STAR WARS: The Force Awakens. Witness the birth of the Resistance.

& At 8 pm Tuesday Grab your sazeracs and head on down to the Mudlark Public Theater for a fine festive showing in the creative pursuits of young poets based near and far. Ma Ja Ka will be rolling through all the way down from the city of Brotherly Entanglement to bless ya with his new work called Travel By Haiku. A fine night of word magic and humble transformations awaits you. Don’t miss it. Performers include: KNIGHTS OF PIRAEUS, LAURA FISHER & MOSES EDER, MARSHALL JAMES KAVANAUGH, UTAHNA FAITH, KAREN LEBLANC, and JUSTIN NOBEL. Doors at 8pm. Suggested $5 donation for the traveling poet

& Katarina Bivald, author of the bestseller THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND, will be at Octavia Books Wednesday at 6 pm to sign and discuss her book! Plus,there will be a raffle of a special gift basket from Katarina’s publisher. Once you let a book into your life, the most unexpected things can happen. Broken Wheel, Iowa, has never seen anyone like Sara, who traveled all the way from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. When she arrives, however, she finds Amy’s funeral guests just leaving. The residents of Broken Wheel are happy to look after their bewildered visitor there’s not much else to do in a dying small town that’s almost beyond repair. You certainly wouldn’t open a bookstore. And definitely not with the tourist in charge. You’d need a vacant storefront (Main Street is full of them), books (Amy’s house is full of them), and…customers. The bookstore might be a little quirky. Then again, so is Sara. But Broken Wheel’s own story might be more eccentric and surprising than she thought. A heartwarming reminder of why we are booklovers, this is a sweet, smart story about how books find us, change us, and connect us.

& Reading Between the Wines is a laid back, salon-type environment where we drink wine, eat cheese, and talk to local authors about their books. The event takes place on the first Wednesday evening of every month at Pearl Wine Co. inside of the American Can Company from 7:00-8:00 PM. This Wednesday the theme will be writing about New Orleans/using New Orleans as a setting. Joining us will be:

  • Andy Reynolds lives and writes in New Orleans. His first novel is SPECTACLE OF THE EXTENSION, and his second is THE AXEBOY’S BLUES. He has written an online novella, entitled THE EPISODES, which takes place in New Orleans and is the catalyst for the novel series he is working on. Andy also performs spoken word around the city, most notably with Esoterotica, a biweekly reading of erotic and semi-erotic stories and poetry. Some of these pieces are published in Esoterotica’s anthologies, as well as their audio CDs.
  • Reynolds’s book, THE AXEBOY’S BLUES, features a NOLA where creatures and spirits of every ilk saunter down the jazz-filled streets day and night, struggling to find purpose. The book follows a centuries-old agency tasked with protecting NOLA from forces that would see her destroyed. Unfortunately, the agency was nearly wiped out and is virtually nonexistent. In a city where mosquitoes wear spectacles and vests, where the Mississippi is teeming with monstrous beasts, and where Wonder sprouts from people’s heads like plants, can this agency fill its ranks once more to take on an adversary from the past – that has jumped through time?
  • Craig Bennett Hallenstein is a psychologist, author, and father of five whose blog, Let’s Talk Sex, is a guide to conscious living and sustainable relationships. He studied psychology at Beloit College and California School of Professional Psychology, and writing at the University of Iowa. His piece in People Finders Magazine was optioned for a made-for-TV movie. An earlier blog, Sex-Positive Parenting, provided guidelines and tips for fostering sexual health in children.
  • Hallenstein’s book, THE DOLPHIN, is about an aspiring psychologist named Sean Jordan who moves to NOLA to put the past behind him…until a conservative radio station outs him as a sex offender. When the thirteen-year-old daughter of the station’s nationally celebrated talk show host disappears, police scramble to take down Jordan, unaware that he too is a victim of the kidnapper, terrorizing the city on the eve of Mardi Gras. Jordan has a chance to save the girl but only if he meets the kidnapper’s demands. Refusing could cost him his life. Agreeing could cost him his soul.

& At 8 pm Wednesday the Blood Jet Poetry Series back in the Poetry Living Room at BJs through mid-June every Wednesday night at 8PM. Welcome us back with this week’s readers: Poet Sue Landers will be coming to town to join us in the Living Room. Landers’ latest book, FRANKLINSTEIN, tells the story of one Philadelphia neighborhood wrestling with the legacies of colonialism, racism, and capitalism. She is also the author of 248 MGS., A PANIC PICNIC and COVERS. Her chapbooks include 15: A Poetic Engagement with the Chicago Manual of Style and What I Was Tweeting While You Were On Facebook. She was the founding editor of the journal Pom2 and has an MFA from George Mason University. She lives in Brooklyn. You can follow her on Twitter @suelanders. The evening with also feature a first ever group reading with UNO poetry students from Carolyn Hembree and John Gery’s classes including: Joseph Buckley, Jessica Collins, Thomas Dollbaum, Andrew Kindiger, Karen Maceira, Elle Magnuson, Heidi McKinley, Jacquelyn Nasti, Katie Pfalzgraff, Spencer Silverthorne, Ann Hackett, Ashley Hamrick, Michelle Hoover, Robin Johnstone, Justin Lamb, Ellie Lindner, Ally Nobles, Edie Talley , Shaina Monet, and Clare Welsh.

& At 7 pm Wednesday Elizabeth Desimone, a local author and teacher, will lead a creative writing seminar at 7 the Jefferson Parish East Bank Regional Library. The presentation is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required. Desimone will focus on dialog. At various points in her life, Elizabeth Desimone has been a paralegal, a bookseller, a teacher, a cashier, and a make-believe cross-dressing Arabian pirate, but she says, she has never not been a writer. In 2012, she received her MFA in fiction-writing from Oklahoma State University. Her work has appeared in Cricket magazine and on BustedHalo.com. She’s been working on a YA fantasy series for the past five years. She was born in Laplace.

& Friday at 6 pm Tubby and Coo’s Bookshop hosts the launch Stacey Balkun’s debut poetry book, JACKALOPE GIRL LEARNS TO SPEAK. Stacey will read from the book, and we will also feature readings from: Jen Hanks, Jade Hurter, Z.W. Mohr and Christopher Romaguera. “THERE WILL BE BUNNIES! THERE WILL BE ANTLERS! THERE WILL BE WHISKEY COCKTAILS! AND THERE WILL BE HOMEMADE CARROT BEER!” Mythical creature costumes encouraged!

& Saturday at 1:30 at the Alvar Library n New Orleans poet and performer Valentine Pierce continues her five-part poetry workshop for adults. Novice writers, as well as poets with some experience, are enclouraged to attend. Get inspired and write some dynamic poetry for 2016! Participation at all 5 workshops is suggested, but not required. Participants will be invited to read their poetry at a public reading when the program is completed. Sign up in advance at the Alvar Library circulation desk.

& Saturday at 5 pm brings a Book Launch Party for The Fry Pans Aren’t Sufficing by Peyton Burgess at Sisters In Christ, 5206 Magazine St. With readings by Anna Schulte, Joe Gehringer, Jade Stewart, Amber Kinui, Anya Groner, and Peyton Burgess. Loud music provided by Sisters in Christ music store. Many drinks and some food provided!

&Sunday at 3 pm the Maple Leaf Reading Series features Poet Ingrid Elena Pavia presents a farewell reading before moving to Idaho, followed by an open mic. This is the oldest continuous reading series in the south, curated by Nancy Harris. Ms. Harris is soliciting featured readers for the remaining two open weekends in May.