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Literary Friday, Edition 145

Celebrating National Poetry Month & Interview With Poet Lauren Berry

laurenberryThis month, we’re posting a poem a day for National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world. You’ll find a new poem in our Southern Voice section each morning (or the links in our Twitter and Facebook feeds). Scroll down for today’s poem and catch up on the two you missed earlier this week here.

We’ll also be interviewing Southern poets throughout the month, starting with Houston poet Lauren Berry today. Our own resident poet Zachary Lundgren asks her eight questions about the importance of poetry in today’s world, how she views the South as a poet and what she’s working on next.


Literary News 

mayaangelouRead about how a new writers conference in August, Georgia, has grown into a weekend of activities for aspiring writers.

April is also National Card and Letter Writing Month, so Southerners better break out that trusty box of thank you notes and pen one to mom.

And now that Maya Angelou has a new stamp to be dedicated next week, the poet, actress and champion of civil rights is an appropriate option for outgoing mail.


Literary Events

See Tennessee Williams: The Playwright and the Painter on exhibit at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans through May 31.

Tallahassee Community College will hold its first annual Word of South Festival April 10-12 with Ann Patchett, The Avett Brothers, Mary Gaitskill and Robert Olen Butler.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is announcing the fifth annual Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets events April 21 at 1:30 p.m. at the State Library.

The F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum‘s jazz-themed gala May 2 will feature dinner, drinks, dancing, a costume contest and more. Attire is flapper of course.

The Yokshop in Oxford, Mississippi, a three-day workshop with host M.O. Walsh, is scheduled for May 15-17.

Save the date for SAFTA’s Fiction Writing Retreat May 29-31 and Poetry Writing Retreat June 12-14 at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Reading Recs From our Sponsors 

coldmoonThe writer of “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” Michael McDowell is an Alabama native whose horror novels have been brought back into print by Valancourt Press. Their latest title is Cold Moon Over Babylon, a chilling story set in a sleepy Southern town.


New in Southern Voice

Today’s poem is Cut Magnolias by Florida poet Marcella Benton.


To find out more about your favorite Southern authors’ haunts and hangouts, download the Deep South Literary Trail App, available direct from iTunes and for Android and perfect for those fall road trips. 


Cut Magnolias