WNBA of New Orleans
National Reading Group Month 2017
Our theme is Words & Society: Women Poets Resist and the lineup is impressive: Louisiana's former state poet laureate Julie Kane and Chapter members Stacey Balkun, Gina Ferrara, Melinda Palacio, Andrea Panzeca and Carolyn Hembree, who'll be moderating
You can read about the work of our Chapter members beforehand at our website: http://wnba-nola.org/?page_id=13
. Books will be sold during the event and the authors will be available for signings.
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet
Light refreshments will be served
12:00 12:30p.m. – Share Your Book Group Experience
Local book clubs make presentations
12:30-1:30 . – Author Panel Discussion
Reception, book signing and sales to follow.
Panel of Poets
Stacey Balkun is the author of Eppur Si Muove, Jackalope-Girl Learns to Speak & Lost City Museum. Winner of the 2017 Women’s National Book Association Poetry Prize, her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, Muzzle, Bayou, and others. Chapbook Series Editor for Sundress Publications, Stacey holds an MFA from Fresno State and teaches poetry online at The Poetry Barn and The Loft.
Gina Ferrara is a New Orleans native. Fitting the Sixth Finger: Poems Inspired by the Paintings of Marc Chagallwas published by Aldrich Press, 2017. She teaches English and creative writing at Delgado Community College, and her poems have appeared in Callaloo, anderbo, Cultural Vistas, Valley Voices, and The Poetry Ireland Review, among others. She has been awarded grants by the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Southern Artists Federation and the Louisiana Division of the Arts. In 2013 and 2016 she was nominated for a Pushcart. Since 2007 she has curated The Poetry Buffet, a reading series presented by the New Orleans Public Library.
Julie Kane, the 2011-2013 Louisiana Poet Laureate, is Professor Emeritus of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Her poems have appeared in over sixty anthologies including Best American Poetry 2016, as well as being featured three times on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. New this fall is Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017), co-edited with Grace Bauer. She and Grace previously co-edited Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum (Xavier Review Press, 2006), which was a finalist for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award in Poetry.
Melinda Palacio is a poet, author, and speaker. She lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans. Her poetry chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place 2009 award. She is the author of the novel, Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press 2011), for which she received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards and a 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her first full-length poetry collection How Fire Is a Story, Waiting (Tia Chucha Press 2012), was a finalist for the Milt Kessler Award, the Paterson Prize, and received First Prize in Poetry at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards. In 2015, her work was featured on the Academy of American Poets, Poem-a-Day Program. Melinda’s new poetry collection, Bird Forgiveness, is forthcoming from 3Taos Press in 2018. Read more of Melinda’s work at www.melindapalacio.com
Andrea Panzeca is the author of poetry chapbooks Rusted Bells and Daisy Baskets and Weird… Joe Pesci. She earned her M.F.A. in creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans, where she was associate nonfiction editor of Bayou Magazine. She has published poetry, memoir, and a scholarly essay on Zora Neale Hurston. She also cartoons, sculpts, dances, and teaches in New Orleans, where she lives. She grew up in Merritt Island, Florida.
Carolyn Hembree (our moderator) 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, selected by Neil Shepard for the 2015 Trio Award and by Stephanie Strickland for the 2015 Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Colorado Review, Contrary, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, 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. Thanks to an ATLAS grant, she will spend the next year writing. You can read more of her work at www.carolynhembree.com
National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA). Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women’s roles in the community of the book. For more information on WNBA-NOLA, contact: wnbaofnola | gmail ! com
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