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april, 2018

fri20apr7:00 pm10:00 pmPoet Laureate Jack Bedell, Baton Rouge Slam team & Kelcy MaeCafe Istanbul NOLA7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CST Cafe Istanbul NOLA, 2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

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Opening Night for the 2018 New Orleans Poetry Festival with national and internationally recognized featured poets.

Please join us to check in for the festival, get your lanyard and meet your weekend co-poetry adventurers at Cafe Instanbul in the Healing Center.

Cost for this event only at the door is $10.00.

Featured Poets:

Jack B. Bedell is Professor of English and Coordinator of Creative Writing at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic (Yellow Flag Press, 2016), Revenant (Blue Horse Press, 2016), and Bone-Hollow, True: New & Selected Poems (Texas Review Press, 2013). He has recently been appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards to serve as Louisiana Poet Laureate 2017-2019.

Baton Rouge 2018 Slam Team forthcoming as team is made.

Kelcy Mae’s southern poeticism, commanding vocal performances, and genre-traversing albums have landed her comparisons to a varied group of famous songstresses including Natalie Merchant, Regina Spektor, Bonnie Raitt, and Shelby Lynne. Whether digging into her Louisiana roots and tapping her boots to an original honky-tonk tune or emoting alongside wailing electric guitars in a consuming 90s-esque, alt-rock trance, Kelcy Mae undoubtedly sings from the heart, which–to the benefit of audiences–is often right on her sleeve. Kelcy Mae is a graduate of the UNO Creative Writing Workshop with an MFA in Poetry. She has been published in a number of journals including Waccamaw, Hobart, and Big Lucks.

For more info or to register: nolapoetry,com or email:


(Friday) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm CST


Cafe Istanbul NOLA

2372 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

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