POETRY READING: Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana State Poet Laureate


Monday, February 17, 2014
6 - 7:00 p.m.

Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana State Poet Laureate and author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is Eldest Daughter: Poems(LSU Press, 2013), will read from her work. She will also sign books, which will be available for purchase.

Short bio:
Ava Leavell Haymon, poet laureate of the state of Louisiana, is a poet, playwright, and teacher. Her poems have appeared in journals, Poetry, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, The Sun, and many others, and in four collections from LSU Press. 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 10 best poetry books of 2010. Her latest book is Eldest Daughter: Poems.

She teaches poetry writing in Louisiana and New Mexico and in workshops nationwide. Her plays are written for adults to perform for children, produced in children’s theaters and schools throughout south Louisiana and Texas. She performs in collaborative perfomances with musicians, dancers, actors, and other writers, and writes text for composers and dance companies. Her work was recently chosen by jazz composer Stephen Masakowski as inspiration for seven new compositions, and these were performed by his band and Haymon together. 

Learn more at http://avahaymon.com/

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