Kendall Michelle Daigle was no stranger to the written word. Before her unexpected death earlier this year, Daigle wrote plays, poetry and prose, studying creative writing at both NOCCA
and Loyola University
and dedicating her 19 years on earth to writing and reading.
Daigle died just before her 20th birthday, and this Thursday, Dec. 18, friends, family and former teachers will come together to read and celebrate a collection of her work at 5 Press Gallery
, across the street from NOCCA's riverfront campus. The book, compiled in part by Gabrielle Steib, Kendall's mother Michelle Daigle, Anne Gisleson, Lara Naughton, Erik Kiesewetter, Sage Rose and Benjamin Morris, is a 180-page volume entitled A Soul Under Construction: The Written Word by Kendall Michelle Daigle
Daigle was a native New Orleanian, and her book will be available throughout the New Orleans Public Library system.
The book launch and ceremony are free and open to the public and will include live music by Frankie Ford and Kyle Anderson, as well as food provided by The Boxcar. The readings and music start at 6 p.m.