Sundays@4 is Baton Rouge Gallery’s most diverse program, offering more than a dozen performances/readings from top-notch local authors, musicians, dance troupes, poets and more. Always free, always open to the public and always starting at 4pm, these intimate engagements give you an up close look at what local writers and performers are working on. Here’s what’s coming up next at Sundays@4:
August 24: Poet Gina Ferrara Shares Works Inspired by Carville, LA's Leprosarium, the First in the United States
Baton Rouge Gallery is proud to welcome poet Gina Ferrara to its Sundays@4 series for a special reading from her latest book, Carville: Amid Moss and Resurrection Fern, on August 24. As with each of the gallery’s Sundays@4 presentations, this event is open to the public - free of charge - and begins at 4 p.m.
Gina Ferrara is a New Orleans native. In 2006, her chapbook, The Size of Sparrows, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including: The Poetry Ireland Review, The Briar Cliff Review, and Callaloo. She was awarded a grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation for her work in poetry and currently directs a monthly reading series called The Poetry Buffet. Her book, Ethereal Avalanche, was published by Trembling Pillow Press in October of 2009, and in 2012 she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Ferrara's latest book, Carville: Amid Moss and Resurrection Fern, is a collection of works inspired by visits to Carville, Louisiana, which is the home of the first leprosarium in the United States.
An abandoned sugar plantation became the Louisiana Leper Home in 1894. The facility promoted understanding, identification, and treatment of leprosy, also known as Hansen's disease. Many patients entered the gates under mandatory quarantine and never left the hospital again.
The facility began work with a patient load of five men and two women in the 1890s, and would grow into a facility housing hundreds of employees and patients, including married couples and children.
As Peter Cooley, Sr. Mellon professor of English at Tulane University explains, "The exquisite free verse music of these poems serves as memoriam to the suffering of the subjects. But Ferrara achieves something greater: Carville is a tragedy, cathartic for its readers. Read it straight through for its powers of redemption."
Baton Rouge Gallery and its Sundays@4 program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
For more information on this series, contact Baton Rouge Gallery at 225.383.1470.