Archive for December, 2012

Sat., December 15th: Lester E. Tisdale IV

Wordlab News | Posted by Jonathan
Dec 13 2012

Lester Tisdale is a graduate of the English program at University of Louisiana–Lafayette, achieving a Bachelor’s degree in what might as well have been creative writing (had it been offered as an official major) and the humanities (also not an official major). He believes that creativity can be extracted, condensed, molded and processed into art; through limitation, he attempts to prove that writing poetry does not require talent, but simply dedication and experimentation.

Sat., December 8th: Patrice Melnick

Wordlab News | Posted by Jonathan
Dec 05 2012

Patrice Melnick is a writer, arts administrator, educator and business owner.

Patrice taught English and creative writing at Xavier University in New Orleans for 13 years where she founded one of the first creative writing programs at a Historically Black University. She has also taught a Literary Nonfiction Workshop in the low-residency MFA program at the University of New Orleans.

Turning Up the Volume (Xavier Press), a memoir, was published in 2005. Patrice has a new memoir, Contraband Po-boy, from Diagnosis Back to Life (Catalyst Book Press.) Her essays and poems have appeared in Grain, The Xavier Review, Buffalo Bones, Prism International and other journals.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Patrice moved from New Orleans to Grand Coteau, Louisiana, where she opened up a gift shop and started a literary reading and open mic series. In 2010 she established the nonprofit organization the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective which promotes the literary arts in the surrounding rural communities.

Patrice holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. More information is available at

Check out her reading at the Acadiana Center for the Arts as part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, in Lafayette, Louisiana, September 29th, 2011: