We are thrilled that Louisiana Poet Laureate Mona Lisa Saloy will be the featured speaker at our Annual Meeting May 24. The event will be held at L”Union Francaise, 4522 Prytania Street in New Orleans. The award-winning author, folklorist, educator and scholar has been known and beloved for her work about Black Creole culture. Saloy has documented Creole culture in sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes and clap-hand games to discuss the importance of play. Her first book, “Red Beans & Ricely Yours,” won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her collection of poems, “Second Line Home,” captures day-to-day New Orleans speech, family dynamics and gives insight into the unique culture that the world loves.