Poetry Reading

Rodger Kamenetz - THE MISSING JEW: Poems 1976-2022

Event date: 

Wednesday, October 26, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Come join us for a special reading and signing featuring writer Rodger Kamenetz celebrating the publication of THE MISSING JEW: Poems 1976-2022. As a special treat, Glenn Hartman of the amazing New Orleans Klezmer All Stars will be setting the mood before the reading.

Melissa Ginsburg - DOLL APOLLO

Event date: 

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us us with author and poet Melissa Ginsburg for a reading and booksigning celebrating her new poetry book, DOLL APOLLO.

“The poems of Doll Apollo chart a fascinating constellation of emotional and spiritual intricacy. Melissa Ginsburg’s virtuosic lyrics sift the fragments of our seemingly divided societal moment to find luminous and enduring connections between technology and faith, mythology and modernity. This book is a marvel of beauty and deep vision.”—Kiki
Petrosino

CLEAVE by Tiana Nobile - joined by poets Carolyn Hembree and Shaina Monet

Event date: 

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a reading and signing celebrating poet Tiana Nobile's debut collection, CLEAVE. She will be joined by poets Carolyn Hembree and Shaina Monet.

“We cannot look away
from these poems.”
—Gabrielle Calvocoressi

 

Tiana Nobile grapples with the history of transnational adoption, both her own from South Korea and the broader, collective experience. In conversation with psychologist Harry Harlow’s monkey experiments and utilizing fragments of a highly personal cache of documents from her own adoption, these poems explore dislocation, familial relationships, and the science of love and attachment.

Peter Cooley - THE ONE CERTAIN THING + Gina Ferrara - THE WEIGHT OF THE RIPENED

Event date: 

Monday, March 8, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

on Zoom

Join us for a virtual poetry reading celebrating the launch of Peter Cooley's new book, THE ONE CERTAIN THING, along with Gina Ferrara's THE WEIGHT OF THE RIPENED, which we had originally planned to launch last March before being derailed by the pandemic.

To participate:

  1. Please purchase a copy of THE ONE CERTAIN THING and/or THE WEIGHT OF THE RIPENED now from Octavia Books at the bottom of the event page. Books will be signed by the authors.
  2. Register here using the button bellow:

Brad Richard - Parasite Kingdom + Elizabeth Gross - this body / that lightning show

Event date: 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Steet - New Orleans, LA 70115

 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Brad Richard and Elizabeth Gross as they launch their new books.

Brad Richard’s collection, Parasite Kingdom, received the 2018 Tenth Gate Prize, selected by editor and poet Leslie McGrat.

When insanity reigns in high places, and the culture has commodified human depths into glittering surfaces, we need Parasite Kingdom: a radical and instantaneous mytho-poesis that might give us perspective by breaking the whole damn thing apart. Richard gives us new apocrypha to ward off current apocalypse, new symbols by which we might come to understand ourselves.” —Dan Beachy-Quick

 

Elizabeth Gross’s debut collection, this body / that lightning show, was selected by Jericho Brown for inclusion in The Word Works’ Hilary Tham Collection.

 

Marian D. Moore - LOUISIANA MIDRASH

Event date: 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a special evening with Marian Moore presenting LOUISIANA MIDRASH, her debut book of poetry.

In LOUISIANA MIDRASH the poet engages the Jewish literary tradition of midrash by entering into it whole body, bringing her life both outer and inner right up against the ancient text, and breathing life, her life into every word. Just as the Bible cherishes genealogy, so does Marian Moore inscribe her own genealogy into the text, as an African American woman born in Shreveport who has found her life as a serious Jew in New Orleans. There are no contradictions because this is poetry; she makes all of her angels sing." – Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Lowercase Jew

Melinda Palacio - BIRD FORGIVENESS

Event date: 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us in celebrating the New Orleans launch of Melinda Palacio's new poetry collection, BIRD FORGIVENESS.

In BIRD FORGIVENESS, the poet reminds us what it means to be an observer who has learned something about herself and her relationship to the world. Melinda Palacio is fearless in her poetics on race, the environment, the precarious nature of birds, love, death, and forgiveness. In Palacio’s third collection of poetry, forgiveness begins with a bird and ends in a final flight, life’s complete cycle. The poet mourns the strong women who have come before her and honors the ways in which we let go in order to exist within songs of freedom and global sustainability.

Poets Dennis Formento - SPIRIT VESSELS and Valentine Pierce - UP DECATUR

Event date: 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Join us during this National Poetry Month as we celebrate two outstanding Louisiana poets reading and signing their new books. Dennis Formento is the founder of Surregional Press and The Frank Zappatistas freejazz/free-verse band. Valentine Pierce is a spoken word artist, writer, graphic designer, and actor.

Poet Nicole Cooley - GIRL AFTER GIRL - reading and signing with poets Martha Serpas and Ava Leavell Harmon

Event date: 

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115

Please join us for a special evening with three great Louisiana poets as we celebrate the latest title from LSU Press’s Barataria Poetry Series, GIRL AFTER GIRL by Nicole Cooley, who will read along with series editor Ava Leavell Haymon, and series poet Martha Serpas.

In her new collection, Nicole Cooley commemorates the connections between mothers and daughters from generation to generation. Through an acknowledgment of mothers’ unconditional love, the memories evoked by physical objects, and the stories mothers pass down, these poems explore the common thread that stretches backward and forward, running through the lives of women and binding them together in an unbroken chain of years.

Nicole Cooly Ava Haymon Martha Serpas
Nicole Cooley Ava Hamon Martha Serpas

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