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:
OCTOBER 19: 'AT THE INTERSECTION OF WORDS AND MUSIC' WITH DARRELL BOURQUE & AVA LEAVELL HAYMON
Baton Rouge Gallery's Sundays@4 series welcomes Louisiana's current Poet Laureate, Ava Leavell Haymon, and its immediate past Poet Laureate, Darrell Bourque, for a joint reading on Sunday, October 19. The event will include readings from both along with musical accompaniment featuring the numbers that inspired their poems.
As always, Sundays@4 presentations are free and open to the public and begin at 4 p.m.
Darrell Bourque - Darrell Bourque grew up in a rural community near Sunset, Louisiana. He graduated from USL and then received a master’s and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Florida State University. He is Professor Emeritus in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he served as director of the Creative Writing and Interdisciplinary Humanities programs. He was appointed Louisiana Poet Laureate by then-Governor Kathleen Blanco in 2007 and reappointed by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2009. His personal initiative for the laureateship is to develop poetry audiences by teaching and reading in the pre‐college classroom as well as in the state's libraries. He has been instrumental in the creation of this website and the Louisiana Poetry Project in indebted to him for his support and encouragement. Find his books on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Darrell-Bourque/e/B00355JKKI.
Ava Leavell Haymon - Ava Leavell Haymon’s most recent poetry collection is Eldest Daughter, published by Louisiana State University Press. She has written three previous collections, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread, Kitchen Heat,and The Strict Economy of Fire, all also from LSU Press, and edits the Barataria Poetry Series, which will premiere Spring 2014. Her poems have appeared in journals nationwide. Prizes include the Louisiana Literature Prize for poetry in 2003, the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award for 2010, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2011 Award in Poetry. Why The House Is Made Of Gingerbread was chosen as one of the top ten poetry books of 2010 by Women’s Voices for Change. A committed teacher of poetry writing, she worked as Artist in the Schools for a number of years, teaches poetry writing during the school year in Louisiana and, during the summer, directs a retreat center for writers and artists. More details at http://avahaymon.com/.
OTHER UPCOMING SUNDAYS@4 PRESENTATIONS:
November 16 - Author Randolph Thomas, reading from 'Dispensations'
November 23 - LSU Creative Writing Faculty
December 14 - Readings from 'The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State'
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.