Sat., August 23: Chelsea Ellison

Wordlab News | Posted by Clare
Aug 19 2014

Acadiana Wordlab will next meet
Saturday, August 23rd, at 2pm
in the Conference Room of the
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St.,
Lafayette, Louisiana

And will be presented by Chelsea Ellison!Chelsea

Chelsea Ellison was born in Iowa and spent her childhood and adolescence between her mother’s backyard creativity and her father’s Peterbilt truck, traveling coast to coast mastering the art of the gallon jug shower. To support herself, Chelsea has detasseled corn, landscaped, moved furniture, managed a collegiate women’s volleyball team, delivered mail, waited tables, worked as a ranch hand, as a fashion stylist, painted houses, and is currently a paralegal. In between she managed a brief spell of studying poetry in the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate program with James Galvin. The beautiful mix of cultures drew her to South Louisiana and she finished her B.A. in anthropology at UL. She writes and sings and shakes her tail feather in good company and especially to some James Brown.

Sat., August 16th: Rob Perillo at Acadiana Wordlab!

Wordlab News | Posted by Clare
Aug 10 2014

Acadiana Wordlab will next meet 
Saturday, August 16th, at 2pm
in the Conference Room of the
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion St.,
Lafayette, Louisiana

And will be presented by Rob Perillo Chief Meteorologist KATC-TV!Rob

It was a dark and stormy night…

Why have a meteorologist as a presenter for Acadiana Wordlab?

Because as writers we are often inspired by natural weather occurrences which inform our imagery, metaphors, and settings for creative works. The forces of nature are catalysts for life stories and filter into fiction, non-fiction and poetic works.

Rob will give us a presentation that focuses on Louisiana weather, its uniqueness and the way it affects people’s daily lives. He will give us some scientific info that will help us to better understand the whys of our weather experiences. He will also offer some unusual Louisiana stories that are weather-related that happened in real life. It is hurricane season, which is such a major influence on the lives of Louisiana residents, and surely we will explore that topic.

If you have never been to a session of Acadiana Wordlab, our format is simple: our presenter gives us a presentation, we write and then we share what we have just written. Bring your sense of wonder and play, and something to write with and on. We are safe, fun and supportive. We hope you will join us for a very unique and exciting Acadiana Wordlab that is sure to get us writing!

WRITE NEW WITH US!

Rob Perillo is the Chief Meteorologist for KATC-TV3’s Acadiana’s NewsChannel. He has 27 years of experience in forecasting Gulf Coast weather and has tracked hundreds of tropical storms and hurricanes during his career including major Louisiana storms such as Andrew, Lili, Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.

Rob is the most honored meteorologist in the state and the recipient of 20 Associated Press awards, including 14 first place awards and consecutive honors for “Best Weathercast” and “Breaking Weather” categories in Louisiana.

In addition to anchoring local weathercasts since the late 1980s Rob was an Aviation Forecaster for Air Routing International, and a Marine and Industrial Meteorologist for Wilkens Weather Technologies, in Houston, Texas. He began his career at the State University of New York Research Foundation, while also serving as an Emergency Planning Meteorologist for several nuclear power plants in Upstate New York.

Over the years, Rob has appeared on numerous hurricane and weather specials that have aired on the Learning, Discovery, National Geographic and Weather Channels. Rob also video-taped and broadcast live coverage nationally to CBS and CNN during the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Rob most recently was interviewed by the Weather Channel for “Cantore Stories – Life on the Bayou”, and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on the state of global climate change and positions TV meteorologists have on the subject.

Rob was awarded the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for Television Weathercasting in 1992.

Rob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology (and was “two courses shy of a math degree!”) from the State University of New York at Oswego in 1983. He and his wife and two children make Lafayette their home.

Sat., August 9th: Gina Ferrara and Jonathan Kline

Wordlab News | Posted by Clare
Aug 05 2014

Acadiana Wordlab will next meet
Saturday, August 9th, at 2pm
in the Conference Room of the
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W. Vermilion Street
Lafayette, Louisiana

And will be co-presented by New Orleans poets Gina Ferrara Jonathan Kline!GINA JONATHAN

Gina Ferrara lives in New Orleans and has several collections of poems that include: The Size of Sparrows (Finishing Line Press 2006) Ethereal Avalanche (Trembling Pillow Press 2009) Amber Porch Light (CW Books 2013) and her latest collection Carville: Amid Moss and Resurrection Fern (FLP 2014). She is a guest artist at the Low Residency MFA Program at the University of New Orleans. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, anderbo, Valley Voices and others. She has won grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and The Elizabeth George Foundation for her work in poetry. Since 2007 she has been directing The Poetry Buffet, a monthly reading series presented by the New Orleans Public Library.

Jonathan Kline grew up in northern Michigan. After receiving his MFA in Time Art from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, he moved to NYC and then New Orleans. His poems have been published in Tribes Magazine, The Cooper Point Journal, Yawp, Cocktail, and The Maple St. Rag. In 2013, The Wisdom of Ashes was published by Lavender Ink. He was recently awarded a residency by the Santa Fe Art Institute and currently teaches visual art and creative a charter school in New Orleans.