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New Orleans Poetry Festival returns April 20-22

Poetry readings, slam competitions, a small press fair and more

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Now in its third year, the New Orleans Poetry Festival (April 20-22) celebrates poets and small press publishing with three days of activities. There are readings, workshops, slam poetry, music performances, an open mic, a small press fair and panels on poetry as it relates to journalism, politics, translation, feminism, race and other topics. Most events take place at and around the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St. Claude Ave.).

  The festival includes performances by several notable poets. Jack Bedell, currently Louisiana's poet laureate, appears at Friday's opening reception at Cafe Istanbul inside the Healing Center. Saturday night features performances at Siberia (2227 St. Claude Ave.) by poet and librettist Douglas Kearney (pictured) and the experimental poet Tonya M. Foster, as well as local poet and University of New Orleans creative writing faculty member Carolyn Hembree. There's also music by bands including The Call Girls, Cannonball Statman, Skin Verb and Bruce Andrews with Rob Cambre and Donald Miller.

  Festival registration is $75. Visit www.nolapoetry.com for the schedule of events.

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