Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Louisiana Poet Laureate, Leading Poet Read From at UNO

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Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon and poet Chanel Clarke visit UNO next week for a public reading of their work. A booksigning and reception hosted by the UNO Creative Writing Workshop will follow. Don't know where to go? Here's a map! campusmap.uno.edu

Join us at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the UNO Lakefront Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 140.

Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon and poet Chanel Clarke visit the University of New Orleans next week for a public reading of their work.

The UNO Creative Writing Workshop engaged Haymon and Clarke for a reading, booksigning and reception at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the UNO Lakefront Campus, Liberal Arts Building, Room 140. This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

"As the only MFA program in creative writing in New Orleans, our campus should be the epicenter of literary activity in the city," said M.O. Walsh, director of the UNO Creative Writing Workshop. "This is a great start to making that a reality."

Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon visits the University of New Orleans on Oct. 8 for a poetry reading and booksigning hosted by the UNO Creative Writing Workshop. Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon and poet Chanel Clarke visit UNO next week for a public reading of their work.Haymon, a nationally recognized poet and teacher, presents poetry readings and writing workshops, both in Louisiana and nationwide, said UNO Assistant Professor of Poetry Carolyn Hembree. She is the state poet laureate for three years, serving her position from 2013 to 2015.

Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Leavell Haymon

"She is a master craftsperson and respected presence in the state," said UNO Assistant Professor of Poetry Carolyn Hembree, who encouraged students and supporters of the University to come out and have a listen.

Haymon has taught poetry writing at Louisiana State University and worked for many years as Artist in the Schools in East Baton Rouge Parish, Hembree said. Currently, the state poet laureate teaches private classes in Baton Rouge and directs a writers' retreat center in New Mexico.

Haymon's four full-length collections, The Strict Economy of Fire, Kitchen Heat, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, and Eldest Daughter, released August, 2013, are all published by LSU Press.

Haymon also edits the Barataria Poetry Series, which will premiere Spring 2014. Her poems have appeared in journals nationwide.

Prizes include the Louisiana Literature Prize for poetry in 2003, the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award for 2010, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2011 Award in Poetry. Why The House Is Made Of Gingerbread, Haymon's third book, was chosen as one of the top ten poetry books of 2010 by Women's Voices for Change and the Academy of American Poets featured an included poem as Poem of the Day.


Poet Chanel Clarke will read her work on Oct. 8 at the University of New OrleansLeading poet Chanel Clarke's poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Octopus,Sou'wester, Bayou, Anti-, Everyday Genius, Hayden Ferry's Review, Flag and Void, and Women Arts Quarterly, among other literary journals.

Poet Chanel Clarke

Clarke, who was born and raised in New Orleans, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas, where she was a Poetry Fellow. 

She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Tulane University.


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