||Three authors announced for Festival of Words 2013
CONTACT: Patrice Melnick, (337) 662-1032 or email@example.com
The Festival of Words announces three authors for the annual in 2013: Darrell Bourque, Genaro Ky-Li Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye. The Festival of Words takes place Nov. 7—9 in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, and surrounding areas. The event features literary readings, creative writing workshops in the public schools and community centers, a community stage for open mic, drive-by, and many opportunities for people to interact with featured authors.
Darrell Bourque's books include Plainsongs (1994, Inaugural Issue of the Cajun Writers Series, Cross-Cultural Communications, Merrick, NY), The Doors between Us (1997, Inaugural Issue of Chapbook Series, Louisiana Literature Press, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond LA), Burnt Water Suite (1999, Wings Press, Austin TX), The Blue Boat (2004, Inaugural Issue of Louisiana Writers Series, Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette LA), Call and Response: Conversations in Verse, with Jack B. Bedell, (2009, Texas Review Press, Huntsville TX - A member of the Texas A&M Press Consortium), In Ordinary Light, New and Selected Poems (2010, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, Lafayette, LA), and a special edition chapbook, Holding the Notes (2011, Chicory Bloom Press, Thibodaux, LA). He served as Louisiana Poet Laureate during 2007-2008 and from 2009 to 2011.
Genaro K? Lý Smith was born in Nha Trang, Vietnam. In 1972, his family moved to Los Angeles where he earned a B.A. in English from California State University, Northridge in 1993. He later earned an M.A. in literature and an M.F.A. in creative writing from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA in 1999. He has been published in many journals, and earned first place in the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Fellowship competition.
Naomi Shihab Nye describes herself as a "wandering poet" She has spent 37 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspiring students of all ages. Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother and grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio. Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and/or editor of more than 30 volumes. Naomi Shihab Nye has been a Lannan Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Witter Bynner Fellow (Library of Congress). She has been featured on two PBS poetry specials: “The Language of Life with Bill Moyers” and “The United States of Poetry” and also appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers. In January 2010 Nye was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets.
More featured authors and a schedule will be announced later this year. Learn more about featured authors and Festival of Words events at festivalofwords.org or contact Patrice at (337) 662-1032 or firstname.lastname@example.org.