‘Let’s Put It In Writing’ coming to the library

ANITA YOUNG Ascension Parish Library
Ava Leavell Haymon

oin the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales for the Let’s Put It In Writing poetry readings and writing workshops designed to give writers of all levels of experience opportunities to draw on the inspiration and poetry of poets Ava Leavell Haymon and Darrell Bourque. These workshops are funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The poetry readings session is scheduled on Tuesday, May 20, at 6 p.m., and participates will have an opportunity to hear poetry readings by poets Ava Leavell Haymon and Darrell Bourque. The poetry readings, which will include a question and answer session, will be followed by book signings of Eldest Daughter by Haymon and Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie by Bourque.

On Wednesday, May 21, at 6 p.m., participants are invited to return to take part in a writing workshop to be facilitated by Haymon and Bourque. Participants will have the opportunity to listen for their own poetic signals to discover new material out of which poems might be created.

Haymon, a poet, playwright, and teacher, is the current Poet Laureate of Louisiana. She has worked as an artist in the schools and presents poetry workshops and seminars throughout the state. Her poems have appeared in the journals Poetry, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and many others. Her most recent poetry collection, Eldest Daughter, was published by the Louisiana State University Press in 2013, and she has written three previous collections. Why the House is Made of Gingerbread holds the L. E. Phillabaum Poetry Award for 2010, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2011 Award in Poetry, and was chosen by Women’s Voices for Change as one of the ten best poetry books for 2010.

Bourque, a poet and professor emeritus in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, also served as Louisiana’s Poet Laureate in 2007-2008 and from 2009-2011. Bourque strives to increase accessibility of poetry for readers and pushes for depth from writers. He has five published works; his latest Megan’s Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie was published in 2013.

Space is limited. For more information or to register for these workshops, please call the library at 647-3955.