Readers & Writers, LSU's premiere contemporary reading series, announces our 2014-15 lineup!
All events take place at the Baton Rouge Gallery.
1515 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; 225.383.1470
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 7PM
Interdisciplinary poet and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs was born and raised in Harlem. She is the author of the poetry collection TwERK (2013) and several chapbooks, as well as the album Television (2003). Diggs’s interdisciplinary work has been featured in exhibits at several New York museums, including the Whitney and the Museum of Modern Art. Her additional honors include scholarships and residencies from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Cave Canem, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Harlem Community Arts Fund, Black Earth Institute, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Foundation. She lives in New York City.
Ms. Diggs' reading features the spoken word artists Wordplay.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23
Keija Parssinen is the author of two novels, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis and The Ruins of Us, which received a Michener-Copernicus award and was long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize. A graduate of Princeton University, she received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Her work has appeared in Better Than Fiction, the Lonely Planet's anthology of travel essays by fiction writers, Marie Claire, FiveChapters.com, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, she now lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and son.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 7PM
Heidi Lynn Staples' debut collection, Guess Can Gallop, was selected by Brenda Hillman as a winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. She is author of three other collections, including Dog Girl (Ahsahta, 2007) and Noise Event (Ahsahta, 2013), and her poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry, Chicago Review, Denver Quarterly, Ecotone, Ploughshares, Women's Studies Quarterly and elsewhere. Staples was raised in the Southeastern temperate forests of North America, both on and off the Gulf Coastal Plain, and she is an editor and founder of Poets for Living Waters, begun as an international response to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 7PM
Cristina Henríquez is the author of the novels The Book of Unknown Americans and The World in Half, and of the short story collection Come Together, Fall Apart, which was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, American Scholar, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, AGNI, and the Virginia Quarterly Review, where she was named one of “Fiction's New Luminaries.” Her nonfiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, the Oxford American, and elsewhere. She is also the recipient of an Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award. Henríquez teaches in the graduate program at Northwestern University and lives in Illinois. Photo credit: Michael Lionstar
As the home of Louisiana's flagship university and the capital of a state teeming with cultural diversity and a rich artistic heritage, we feel Baton Rouge holds great potential to serve as this state’s creative nucleus--a place where artists from all over the world can come to share their work through conversation with an engaged and diverse audience. As the premiere contemporary literary reading series at LSU, Readers & Writers has been instrumental in helping Baton Rouge realize this potential.
Since its formation by the LSU English Department in 1993, Readers & Writers has featured hundreds of internationally renowned and award-winning novelists, poets, playwrights, and performers and created events that have provided thoughtful, moving, funny, and always rewarding interactions with citizens and students from all walks of life.