Why There Are Words-New Orleans - "Transformation"

Join Why There Are Words - New Orleans (WTAW-NOLA) for the first quarterly reading of the year. Hear from the following featured local writers reading on the theme of “Transformation” at Octavia Books. Books will be on sale and authors will be signing. $10 suggested donation at the door. Curated and emceed by Liz Green.

New Orleans Writers Workshop co-founder Allison Alsup's stories have won multiple awards, including those from A Room of Her Own Foundation, New Millennium Writings, Philadelphia Stories and the Dana Awards; she is currently shortlisted for the Manchester Fiction Prize, England’s largest short story competition. Her story, “Old Houses” was selected for the 2014 O’Henry Prize Stories. Her New Orleans food and cocktail writing includes The French Quarter Drinking Companion: A Guide to Bars in America’s Most Eclectic Neighborhood.

Randy Bates’s credits include RINGS: On the Life and Family of a Southern Fighter (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Dolphin Island (Finishing Line Press), an NEA grant, and work in the Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, the Southern Review, the Chattahoochee Review, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and others. A long-time resident of New Orleans and teaches nonfiction in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans.

Julia Carey is a recovered restaurateur from New Orleans who writes fiction and poetry. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and can be found in the journals Psychopomp Magazine, VIDA, the Dudley Review, and Mason’s Road among others, as well as the anthologies New Orleans: What Can’t Be Lost and Louisiana in Words. She is a winner of the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Speitz Prize in Poetry. Currently, she is a professor of English Literature with Bard Early College in New Orleans where she directs the Writing Studio and teaches creative writing.

Vincent Cellucci wrote An Easy Place / To Die (CityLit Press, 2011) and edited Fuck Poems: An Exceptional Aanthology (Lavender Ink, 2012). He also has two collaborative titles: come back river (Finishing Line Press) and _A Ship on the Line (Unlikely Books). Absence Like Sun is is his brand-new book of poems from Lavender Ink. He teaches communication and digital media for the College of Art & Design at Louisiana State University.

Ladee Hubbard is the author of the novel The Talented Ribkins, which received the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Debut Fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, Callaloo, Guernica, and Copper Nickel, among other venues. She is a recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award and has received additional fellowships and grants from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and Sewanee Writers Conference, among others.

Mark Yakich’s next collection, Spiritual Exercises, is forthcoming with Penguin in July 2019. He teaches at Loyola University New Orleans.

WTAW-NOLA is a branch of the Why There Are Words Literary Reading Series, and is a program of WTAW Press, a 501(c)3 nonprofit publisher of literary books. WTAW – NOLA takes place quarterly on second Wednesdays and is curated by the writer Liz Green.

Event date: 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books - 513 Octavia Street - New Orleans, LA 70115
The Talented Ribkins Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781612197289
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Melville House - August 7th, 2018

“For sheer reading pleasure Ladee Hubbard’s original and wildly inventive novel is in a class by itself.” —Toni Morrison

The Talented Ribkins is a charming and delightful debut novel with a profound heart, and Ladee Hubbard’s voice is a welcome original.” —Mary Gaitskill


An Easy Place / To Die Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781936328031
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Published: Citylit Press - February 2011

An Easy Place / To Die is a poetic journey through New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The first section wakes with city, culture, and mythmaking as introductions into poetry and a life. The second section wanders through the social world, specifically the defenses and offenses of lovemaking. The third section is intensely personal and examines uncontrollable events.


A Meaning for Wife Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781935439417
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Published: Ig Publishing - November 15th, 2011

Your wife is killed by a cashew (anaphylactic shock), but there isn't time to grieve because your toddler son is always at your heels--wanting to be fed, to be played with, or to sleep next to you all night long. A change of pace seems necessary, so you decide to visit your parents in order to attend your twenty-year high school reunion.


The French Quarter Drinking Companion 2nd Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781455623396
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Published: Pel - March 21st, 2017

Each year, large numbers of tourists and locals descend upon New Orleans' historic French Quarter for its bar scene. Its wide, weird, wonderful range of watering holes is encapsulated in this guide. With this revised and updated edition, readers will accompany the authors to selected bars, listening to music, admiring the d cor, eavesdropping on patrons, and sampling the wares.


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