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WORD UP: Get inspired

Local Readings Call in the Muse

Kelcy Wilburn
Kelcy Wilburn

While music may be in the air this week, there are also lots of words to share. Readings featuring local writers abound within the Crescent City. As a writer (and a reader), I know that hearing the work of others gets me inspired. Plus, as the two readings featured here are held in local New Orleans watering holes, it’s a great opportunity to live like a writer and knock back a few while waiting for the muse.

The Goldroom Reading Series allows you the chance to discover the next big thing on the literary landscape. Students of the University of New Orleans Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing gather each month to share their work. April’s session will feature upcoming grads in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

  • Kelcy Wilburn – Fiction
  • Emily Bufford – Fiction
  • Danielle Gilyot  – Non-Fiction

The series, held at downtown bar Handsome Willy’s, takes locals and visitors alike off the beaten path. Tucked within the hospital corridor, Handsome Willy’s is just what a writers bar should be: dark, smoky, and filled with characters. This month’s Goldroom will take place on April 29th at 8 PM.

Mostly a music club, the Maple Leaf on Oak Street honors and recognizes the treasure trove of great New Orleans writers at a weekly reading series. The Everette C. Maddox Memorial Prose & Poetry Reading, held every Sunday in the courtyard at The Maple Leaf, is the longest running poetry reading in North America. So inspiring is the place, and so indebted are the scribes, that the Maple Leaf has been featured in many books and stories by New Orleans writers, including Ellen Gilchrist, Nancy Harris, Julie Kane, and of course, Everette Maddox. The event has even spawned its own anthologies filled with poets who have read their work within the romantically tattered walls.

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