Several WNBA-NOLA members who published books within the past year were feted on October 20 at our 2nd Annual Book Launch Party at L’Union Francaise in New Orleans. Former Poet Laureate Mona Lisa Saloy, Gina Ferarra, Hazel Denhart and Anne Babson presented their works. Many thanks to writing class students from Southeastern University for their help and to Nicole Eiden for the sweet treats from Windowsill Pies!
Mark Your Calendars and come to our new annual member book party!
Date: Friday, October 20, 2023, 6:30 pm
Place: L’Union Française, 4522 Prytania Street, New Orleans
“The Poet Laureate acts as Louisiana’s literary ambassador, and Alison’s long record of teaching, sharing, and producing poetry that engages readers makes her a perfect fit as the preeminent poet of our state,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “Her work is both beautifully crafted and appeals to a broad range of readers, and it will undoubtedly help elevate poetry in the public consciousness. She has been celebrated both statewide and nationally for good reason. Congratulations to Alison on this well-deserved honor.”
Pelegrin, a Covington resident, is Writer-in-Residence at Southeastern Louisiana University and the author of Our Lady of Bewilderment (LSU Press, 2022), Waterlines (LSU Press, 2016), Hurricane Party (University of Akron Press, 2011), and Big Muddy River of Stars (University of Akron Press, 2007), which was the winner of the 2006 Akron Poetry Prize. Her chapbook Our Lady of the Flood won the Diode 2018 chapbook prize and an Eric Hoffer Award.
Pelegrin is the recipient of a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and an ATLAS Grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents. Her work has appeared in Bennington Review, The Southern Review, and Ninth Letter, and as printable broadsides at Broadsided.
THE POETRY BUFFET TO FEATURE WNBA-NOLA MEMBERS!
Thanks to member Gina Ferrara, who has faithfully gathered so many of us at the Latter Library in these latter days for her monthly Poetry Buffet readings, our members are invited to read on Saturday, September 2 online for an all WNBA-NOLA members-in-good-standing reading of the Poetry Buffet on Zoom. If you are interested in reading, please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you would like to be included in the list of readers by August 20. Because it’s on Zoom, if you are at the beach for the weekend, and if you can get a Wi-Fi hot spot to work, all you need to do is roll over on your towel and tune in.
Furthermore, Gina and the New Orleans Review Press are going to release some time this Fall The Poetry Buffet Anthology, and this includes many of our members, including our State Poet Laureate Mona Lisa Saloy, new member Alison Pelegrin, former chapter president Andrea Panzeca, bi-costal member and Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate Melinda Palacio, UNO professor genius of poetry Carolyn Hembree, poetess and pie mistress Nicole M. K. Eiden, brilliant domestic fabulist poet Stacey Balkun, yours truly Anne Babson, and of course – ‘tis herself – Gina Ferrara. This collection is like a snapshot of the New Orleans poetry scene on Saint Charles Avenue, and it is delightful to see how many of us are in view.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE PUBLISHED A BOOK SINCE NOVEMBER 1 LAST YEAR. WE WANT TO THROW YOU A PARTY.
In the second half of October, we will once again be throwing a member launch book party. Please send an email to email@example.com and tell us the title and publisher of your book – published between the dates of October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023 – by September 1 to be included in this event. Last year, we had a book launch and signing that included our brilliant YA novelist Marti Dumas and the veritable doyenne of Southern food and Southern beverages Elizabeth Williams. This year, I believe, given how busy all of you have been, there may be more books to sign.
Friday, May 19, 6:00 PM: Annual Meeting at L’Union Francaise, 4522 Prytania Street, NOLA. RSVP info soon.
Our speaker will be poet Alison Pelegrin.
Pelegrin is the author of Waterlines (Louisiana State University Press, 2016); Hurricane Party (University of Akron Press, 2012); Big Muddy River of Stars (University of Akron Press, 2007), which received the 2006 Akron Poetry Prize; and The Zydeco Tablets (Word Press, 2002).
About Pelegrin’s poetry, Martha Serpas writes, “Alison Pelegrin is one of the sharpest wits to come out of the Bayou State in a long time. She can conjure Louisiana’s present-tense, unapologetic, tragicomic drama with authenticity.”
Pelegrin is the recipient of a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University and lives in Covington, Louisiana.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Alison received an MFA from the University of Arkansas.
Our March 10 Women, Whiskey & Wit was fantastic! WNBA-NOLA members and non-members enjoyed a spirited evening of whiskey tastings, snacks, silent auction offerings and great networking! Attendees also enjoyed touring The Southern Food & Beverage Museum.
We are having a fundraising Cocktail Party on Friday, March 10, 6 – 8 PM at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA. We are very excited about our theme: Women, Whiskey and Wit. We’re going to feature the alcohols of women distillers, fancy snacks, plus a silent auction. Get tickets here!