Northwestern State Professor Emeritus of English Dr. Julie Kane will be honored at a solo show recognizing her for being the winner of the 2021 Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Critic’s Choice: Literary Award on Friday, Sept. 16 from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at ArtSpace located at 708 Texas Street in Shreveport.
The show is free and open to the public and it will also include visual art exhibits by Eric Francis and Debra Roberson and a literary exhibit by poet Genaro Ky-Ly Smith, the 2022 Critic’s Choice: Literary Award winner.
Kane’s solo show will be a poetry video titled “I Will Not Write a Pandemic Poem.” The video is collaboration between Kane, who wrote and read the poems used for the video, filmmaker Melody Gilbert, an associate professor of New Media, Journalism, and Communication Arts at NSU, who produced the video, Gilbert’s film student Anna Duplantis, who served as art director, and professional film editor Igor Myakotin who has collaborated with Gilbert in the past. Kane said the film is just under 20 minutes.
The annual art series, presented by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, invites regional artists to submit one piece of new, original work for review by professional national critics. There were 100 submissions in the categories of literary, performing and visual arts.
Each winner was awarded $2,000 to be used toward developing a solo show, which is hosted by SRAC/Artspace the next year. The judge in the literary arts competition was poet Greg Brownderville, an associate professor of English at SMU and editor-in-chief of the Southwest Review.