Since 1996, the Academy of American Poets has celebrated National Poetry Month each April with the aim to increase interest in, access to, and creative expression through poetry. In keeping with these goals, the Natchitoches Parish Library (NPL) is offering several opportunities for the community to celebrate this unique literary holiday.
Julie Kane, who served as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2011-2013, will have a poetry reading at the NPL Monday, April 9, at 6pm. She will be sharing from her recent book, Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. This timely collection of poems speaks not just to the current political climate, but also to the stereotypes and expectations women have faced dating back to Eve, and to the long history of women resisting those limitations. This event is open to the public with no sign-up required.
Julie Kane’s four books and two chapbooks of poetry include Rhythm & Booze (2003), winner of the National Poetry Series; Jazz Funeral (2009), winner of the Donald Justice Poetry Prize; and Paper Bullets (2014), a collection of humorous poems. Her fifth poetry book, Mothers of Ireland, is forthcoming from LSU Press in Fall 2020. Julie also co-authored with Kiem Do the Vietnam memoir Counterpart: A South Vietnamese Naval Officer’s War, which was a History Book Club Featured Alternate Selection. Her poems appear in over sixty anthologies including Best American Poetry 2016 and The Book of Irish American Poets from the Eighteenth Century to the Present. With Grace Bauer, she co-edited two anthologies, most recently Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press, 2017).
Teen Tuesdays at the NPL in April will be focusing on poetry as well. First, on April 3 at 5pm, teens will learn about and make their own list poems. The following Teen Tuesday, April 10, will be Haiku Night; April 17, Spoken Word; and April 24, Poem In Your Pocket Project. The month of teen activities will culminate in the Brainy Acts Poetry Society (BAPS) of Northwestern State University’s “We Rock the Mic” open mic night at the NPL April 26, at 6pm. This event will provide an opportunity for teens to share the works created over the course of April’s Teen Tuesdays programming. No sign up is required to attend or participate in this event, and it is open for both teens and adults to attend and perform. For any questions about performing, please email Teen Programmer, Michelle Pichon, at firstname.lastname@example.org or message the NPL on their Facebook page.