GRAND COTEAU — The Festival of Words is set for Nov. 6-8 in Grand Coteau.
The festival features literary readings by authors; creative writing workshops in public schools and community centers; and a community stage for open mics. Festival authors include Luis Alberta Urrea, Louisiana poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, Latasha Weatherspoon, Roddie Romero and Anderson Dovila.
Students from around Acadiana will participate in drive-by poetry, where poetry will be read impromptu in places such as grocery stores, boutiques and restaurants.
Urrea is a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and member of the Latino Literature Hall of Fame. He is author of “Across the Wire;” his memoir “Nobody’s Son: Notes From an American Life” and other works.
He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
Haymon’s most recent poetry collection is “Eldest Daughter,” published by LSU Press. Previous collections are “Why the House is Made of Gingerbread,” “Kitchen Heat” and “The Strict Economy of Fire.” She’s won numerous prizes, including the Louisiana Literature Prize, the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award in Poetry.
Romero is a songwriter who performs with Roddie Romero & the Hub City All Stars, a Grammy-nominated band that performs worldwide.
Weatherspoon, a native of Ville Platte, is a mentor, educator and poet. She serves as a mentor writer for WordPlay and as a mentor for Project Rise. She was on the Baton Rouge slam teams, 2005-2009, and is a speech therapist who lives in Houston.
Dovilas is Haitian who has published in France, the U.S. and Canada.
Call Patrice Melnick at (337) 254-9695 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.