Beverly Matherne

Cajun French poet Beverly Matherne is visiting the Ascension Parish Library July 10 for a performance of blues poetry in Cajun French and English.

The readings, set for 6 p.m. at the library’s Gonzales branch, will be from her book and CD “Le Blues Braillant/The Blues Crying.”

She will be accompanied by percussionist Michael Tramonte.

She also will perform a reading of folktales from her recent book, “Cadillac: Sa Jeunesse en France/Cadillac: His Early Days in France.”

Matherne, born to family lines from Nova Scotia and Alsace, grew up in Grand Point in St. James Parish, an area with rich traditions of storytelling and music, a news release from the library said.

She is a tenured professor in the department of English and adjunct professor of French in the department of modern languages and literatures at Northern Michigan University.

Matherne received master’s of arts and bachelor’s of arts degrees in English from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Ph. D. in drama from St. Louis University.

Matherne’s poems and stories appear in numerous anthologies; among them, The Way North, Wayne State University Press; Louisiana in Words, Pelican Press; Resurrecting Grace, Beacon Press; Uncommonplace, LSU Press; and Two Worlds Walking, New Rivers Press.

She has won the Hackney Literary Award for Poetry at the Writing Today Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, three first-place prizes at Deep South Writers Conference at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the Best of Submission award in Sojourn: A Journal for the Arts, from University of Texas at Dallas.

Her book, “Bayou des Acadiens/Blind River,” is scheduled to be released in November from Éditions Acadie Tropicale Collection at the Canadian publishing house, Éditions Perce-Neige.

A book signing and reception will follow the performance.

For more information or to register, call (225) 647-3955.