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Mar 20, 2014 8:10 AM by Press Release

LA State Library Poetry Lineup

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is announcing the fourth annual Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets program. Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana poet laureate, will host the event Thursday, April 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the State Library Seminar Center, 701 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge.

Haymon has invited poets from throughout the state to participate in readings of their works. Included are Carolyn Hembree, Carlos Colon, Donney Rose, Justin Lamb, Lara Glenum, David Havird, Jay Udall, Mona Lisa Saloy, Darrell Bourque, Kirby Jambon, Dorie LaRue and Lenore Weiss.

"The breadth and scope of poetic talent in Louisiana is apparent just by looking at this lineup of accomplished poets from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Church Point, Shreveport, Monroe, Thibodaux and New Orleans, whose works range from the traditional to the increasingly popular performance poetry," State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton said. "This year's program promises to be another highly entertaining presentation by Louisiana's diversified voices."

Registration is not required for this free event. Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches.

The Louisiana Center for the Book was established in the State Library of Louisiana in 1994 for the purpose of stimulating public interest in reading, books and libraries. For more information, visit



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