Readers & Writers, LSU's premiere contemporary reading series, announces our 2015-16 lineup!
All events take place at the Baton Rouge Gallery.
1515 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; 225.383.1470
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 4PM
Tom Piazza is celebrated as both a novelist and as a writer of American music. His eleven books include the novels A Free State and City of Refuge, the post-Katrina manifesto Why New Orleans Matters, and Devil Sent the Rain, a collection of his essays and journalism. He was a principal writer for the innovative HBO drama series TREME, and the winner of a Grammy Award for his album notes to Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey, as well as a three-time winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for his Music Writing. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Bookforum, The Oxford Amerian, Columbia Journalism Review, and many other periodicals. He lives in New Orleans.
Known as "the first African American First Lady of New Orleans," Sybil Morial is the wife of the first African American mayor of New Orleans, Ernest N. "Dutch" Morial. She was also an active campaigner for the Civil Rights movement, particularly concerning integration in New Orleans' universities. After graduating from Boston University, she went on to found the Louisiana League of Good Government. She was the associate dean of Xavier University, where she went on to receive an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 2014. She is also the executive producer of A House Divided (a documentary about the fight for desegregation in New Orleans) and author of Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment. She lives in New Orleans.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 4PM
Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal, Coldfront, and the Academy of American Poets. Brown earned a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. He is an Associate Professor in English and creative writing at Emory University in Atlanta.
SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 4PM
Joe Morris Doss served parishes in Louisiana and California as an Episcopal priest, and the Diocese of New Jersey as Bishop. He was the founding president of Death Penalty Focus, the founding chair of the National Center for AIDS in San Francisco, and the organizer of a rescue mission to Cuba that freed thousands of people, most of them pardoned political prisoners. He served as co-counsel in the death penalty appeals of Earnest Knighton, Jr., who was executed on October 30, 1984. His publications include Law and Morality, The Songs of the Mothers, Let the Bastards Go, and Water, Bread and Wine.
Deborah Luster is best known for her long-term documentary series, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, a photographic archive of formal portraits of prisoners from three Louisiana prisons including the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola; and Tooth for an Eye: a Chorography of Violence in Orleans Parish, a photographic archive of cityscapes documenting locations in New Orleans where homicides have been committed. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the National Gallery of American Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Smithsonian American Art Museum; New Orleans Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Pier 24, San Franciso; and the Margulies Collection, Miami. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galway, Ireland.
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.