The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective hosts an evening of oral history, songs and poetry on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

The event, scheduled at 7 p.m.,will feature poet/songstress Angie Joelle and Donald Milton, who will share personal stories. The program takes place at Chicory’s Coffee & Café, 219 E. Martin Luther King Drive in Grand Coteau.

Joelle sings rap-sing, neo-jazz and R&B. Milton is a native of Grand Coteau, where he graduated from St. Peter Claver High School. He has worked construction jobs in Houston, has done a stint in the Navy that brought him all over the world, but eventually returned to settle in Grand Coteau. The oral history presentation will be videotaped and placed in the Cajun and Creole Archives at the Center for Louisiana Studies in the “Grand Coteau Voices” collection.

This free community event is suitable for all ages and is sponsored by The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective with support from the Center for Louisiana Studies at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. For more information, call Patrice Melnick at (337) 254-9695 or email

The Festival of Words will take place Nov. 5-7 in Grand Coteau and surrounding areas.

The festival features literary readings by nationally recognized authors, creative writing workshops in the public schools and community centers, a community stage for open mics, drive-by poetry and many opportunities for people to interact with featured authors.

This year’s festival authors include Jericho Brown, Kirby Jambon, Fabienne Kanor, Corey Ledet and Kevin Waltman. Students from throughout Acadiana will participate in the annual “Drive-by Poetry” readings, where poetry will be read impromptu in places, such as grocery stores, boutiques and restaurants.

To learn more about featured authors and the Festival of Words events, visit or contact Patrice Melnick at (337) 254-9695 or