Archive for February, 2013

Saturday, Mar. 2: Clare L. Martin

Wordlab News | Posted by Jonathan
Feb 26 2013

Acadiana Wordlab will next meet at:

Saturday, March 2, 2pm
Cité des Arts
109 Vine St., Lafayette Louisiana

And will be hosted and presented by Clare L. Martin!

Clare’s debut poetry collection, Eating the Heart First,  (Press 53) is a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection. Her poetry has appeared in Avatar Review, Poets and Artists, Blue Fifth Review, and A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, among others.  Poems of hershave been included in the anthologies: The Red Room: Writings from Press 1, Best of Farmhouse Magazine Vol. 1, 2011 Press 53 Spotlight ,and Beyond Katrina.  Her poems have been nominated for Dzanc Books’ Best of the Web (2011) for Best New Poets and Sundress Publication’s Best of the Net.

She is the founder of the “Voices Seasonal Reading Series” held at Carpe Diem! Gelato – Espresso Bar in Lafayette, LA, a member of the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective, Inc. and a Teaching Artist through the Acadiana Center for the Arts. This is her second time presenting at Acadiana Wordlab.

Check out this video of her reading at Cité in November of 2011!

Saturday, Feb. 23: Diane M. Moore

Wordlab News | Posted by Jonathan
Feb 20 2013

Diane M. Moore, a native of Franklinton, Louisiana, has lived in New Iberia, Louisiana for almost fifty years and calls herself a transplanted Cajun; however, she now spends part of the year in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she has a cottage on the campus of the University of the South.

Diane is a writer of books, short stories, articles, and poetry. Her latest published book is a book of poetry, Everything Is Blue. It’s her 32nd book, including a middle grade work of fiction about the Spanish settlement of New Iberia entitled Flood on the Rio Teche. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the Southwestern Review at University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Interdisciplinary Humanities, American Weave, Xavier Review, Trace, The Pinyon Review, and other literary journals. She’s a member of the Fortnightly Literary Club in New Iberia (the oldest literary club in New Iberia) and studied with the author Ernest P. Gaines and Darrell Bourque, former Poet Laureate of Louisiana, at ULL. Her young adult book entitled Martin’s Quest was awarded a grant that placed it on the supplementary reading list for Social Studies in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes and was listed on the Louisiana Library Association’s reading list for accelerated students. Martin’s Quest was also a finalist in the Heekins Foundation Award Contest for an outstanding young adult book. Diane has been involved in poetry readings with both former Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque and the present Poet Laureate, Julie Kane.

Diane was cited by the Lafayette Advertiser as one of 31 women who were changing the history of Acadiana in 2007. Diane has worked as Public Relations Director for Iberia Parish Library, as Associate Editor of Acadiana Lifestyle magazine, and as a feature writer and columnist for the Daily Iberian. She contributed to the English version of The Tehran Journal and was a feature writer for the Yaddasht Haftegy, National Iranian Oil Company Journal in Ahwaz, Iran, while living in Iran during the reign of the Shahanshah during the early 70’s. In 2007, the Times of Acadiana cited her as a face to watch among the movers and shakers in Acadiana. She moved to Sewanee, Tennessee that year.

Diane is a retired archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, a former deacon at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, and former director of the outreach mission, Solomon House, in New Iberia. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas for seven years and was a member of the Commission on Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana. In May, 2007 Diane received the St. George Episcopal Award, a national award given by the Episcopal Church of the USA for distinguished service to youth, including service to Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other youth. She preaches at St. Mary’s Convent and is an Associate of the Order of St. Mary’s in Sewanee, Tennessee, as well as serves and preaches sporadically at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany when she is sojourning in New Iberia. Diane also authors a blog entitled ‘A Words Worth.’

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Saturday, Feb. 16: Jonathan Penton

Wordlab News | Posted by Jonathan
Feb 12 2013

Jonathan Penton founded Unlikely Stories in 1998 and has helmed it through its incarnations of Unlikely 2.0, the current Unlikely Stories: Episode IV, and the 2010 multimedia physical anthology Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind, along with the rest of its print subsidiary, Unlikely Books. He served as Assistant Editor for three Big Bridge annuals, served on the editorial board of Mezcla: Art and Writing from the Tumblewords Project and Banned in El Paso, and currently serves as Associate Editor for MadHat Press. His own poetry chapbooks are Last Chap (Vergin’ Press, 2004), Blood and Salsa and Painting Rust (Unlikely Books, 2006) and Prosthetic Gods (New Sins Press, 2008).

Over the past ten years, he has lived primarily in El Paso, Texas; Guerneville, California; Toledo, Ohio; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Atlanta, Georgia; and now resides in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he still enjoys making the crawdaddies hiss at him. His cat is an undocumented alien.