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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: 




Baton Rouge Gallery's Sundays@4 series is once again proud to partner with The Womens Council of Greater Baton Rouge for their annual "Women Readers On..." reading. This year, join eight local women writers as they read from their recent work in a variety of genres, including essays, poems and stories. This popular Sundays@4 event has taken place during Women’s Week at the Baton Rouge Gallery for nine consecutive years. Come early to get a seat.

Readers for the 2014 event are:

Amy Alexander studied poetry at Winthrop University and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, where she earned her Master's degree, received the Association of Writing Program's Intro Journals Project Nonfiction Prize and was selected as a finalist for the Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. She has published more than 850 articles as a freelance writer and her literary work has appeared in Cream City Review, Quarterly West and Louisiana Literature. Her chapbook, "Finding Betty Crocker," was published in the Fall of 2011 by Naissance Press.  

Renée Bacher’s non-fiction has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Prevention and Travel & Leisure, among other publications. Her essay, "Confessions of a Helicopter Mom," which she wrote for this reading one year, appeared in The New York Times Magazine's "Lives" column. Renée has contributed commentary to WRKF on her adventures in fostering shelter dogs.  She recently drafted a novel for children on the subject called MoonPie, Charlie Dupuis and Me. Her fiction has been shortlisted for England's Bridport prize and published on  A native New Yorker, Renée moved to Baton Rouge 16 years ago with her husband and three children. 

Claire Boudreaux Bateman has written and self-published three children's picture books.  This Little Light of Mine (2006) was awarded Honorable Mention in Writer's Digest's International Book Contest.  A native of Louisiana, Claire lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, David, and their two children. 

Dorothy Early Davis is a retired Southern University librarian and has studied writing with Sue Owen, Lisa Vice, Marilyn Nelson, Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady.  Her writings have appeared in the Louisiana Library Association Journal, National Anthology of Poetry for Teachers and local commemorative programs.  Poetry readings include programs at Southern University, LSU, Baton Rouge Fest-For-All, National Poetry Museum (MLK and Obama Inauguration Day Reading - 2008), Sasebo, Japan (High Schools),  South Africa and many local schools and churches.

Laurie Lynn Drummond's linked story collection, Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You, was a PEN/Hemingway finalist and won the Texas Institute of Letters Best Book Award.  One story in her collection won an Edgar Award for Best Short Story.  Her fiction and essays have appeared in The Southern Review, Story, Black Warrior Review, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre and Brevity, among others.  A former uniform police officer in Baton Rouge, Laurie is working on a memoir, Losing My Gun, and she teaches at LSU. 

Ava Leavell Haymon’s last book is Eldest Daughter, from LSU Press.  She is the current Poet Laureate of Louisiana.  During this first year of her appointment, she has presented poetry readings and workshops in primary and secondary schools, libraries and universities in all parts of Louisiana and in four other states.  She tells as many people as possible, especially women, to value their own experiences, no matter how painful or surprising, to believe their own thoughts, to trust their own insights, to use their own words and to speak out, no matter what.

Andrea Neighbours has been a freelance writer for more than a decade and her writing has appeared in regional Louisiana publications as well as The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Redbook and Woman's Day.  Andrea is currently working on a young adult fantasy novel

Jacqueline Dee Parker is an artist, poet, and instructor of art at LSU.  Her work is represented by Diane Birdsall (CT), Hooks-Epstein (TX), and Ann Connelly (LA) galleries, and she is an artist member of the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art.  This past summer her work was selected for Paperworks in Hastings, NY, and Mash up: Collages in Mixed Media at the Islip Museum of Art.   Her poems regularly appear in journals, including 2River, E-ratioJames Dickey ReviewAtlanta Review and Chelsea, among others.  


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.