Monthly Archives: March 2008

GLUCK tonight!

Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Louise Gluck is reading at the Lavin-Bernick Center’s Kendall Cram Room tonight, March 31 at 7 pm. Event open and free to public. The events is sponsored by our Creative Writing Department.

No hesitation, New Orleans.

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At the Tennessee, March 29

A few snapshots:

Tulane student and volunteer Zachary Leibman, and nonprofit Just One Fund (filming improv)

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Tennessee Williams Festival

The TN Fest was in full swing today. The Tulane student force was present at the Bourbon Orleans hotel. There were mint juleps and books of tables upstairs, two crime-novelist grandmothers swanning and talking up everybody, looking for new characters. They talked to us about their swimming marathons. She thinks she’s the hottest thing in the pool,  one of snorted, thumbing at the other. Local writer Jean Smith and I directed the bumrush at the panels. New Orleans natives, pilgrims from Turkey to Canada, nonprofits like the Just One Fund (filming a comedy segment), food writers, photographers and unspecified lovers of Tennessee Williams crowded Paillard’s and packed the halls . Not only did the lectures cover  everything from “The American Novel” to “Everybody Expects Me to Write Another Streetcar,” but traditions like the Stanley and Stella shouting contest will undoubtedly bring out Streetcar fans from every quarter. 

Tulane student and poet Lyndsey Rabon not only volunteered but also stopped by for the love of Williams. “I attended Sweet Word of Youth, which featured poetry and fiction by students from Tulane, Loyola and University of New Orleans. I really enjoyed Dave Parker Jr. ‘s fiction and Laura Miller’s poetry, who are both graduate students at UNO. ”

The festival continues tomorrow; tragedy is scarce on Bourbon, but the spirit of Tennessee Williams currently haunts all of Nola’s now-functioning streetcars.

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The Nerve Center

The Nerve Center, by the way, is my office (PJKM speaking), where I’m conferring with Zac and Ada about our plans for this blog. We’re going to add new tabs, including Fame and Riches, to celebrate prizes and publications and general glory, plus the Dale Edmonds Drinking Club. Whether you’re a current student or an alum, please let us know if you have anything to boast about, or anything to admit to, or photos of salon-like events featuring Prof. Edmonds (or anyone else Tulane-related and literary). Right now I’m preoccupied with the following: our Indian food order for the Salman Rushdie bookclub next Wednesday, and whether we’ll get artwork up in the LBC for the Louise Gluck reading, so the room doesn’t look like a giant Swedish sauna.Also, it’s the Tennessee Williams Festival this weekend, and if I wasn’t so lazy I’d create a link. Ada is going to the Stella! shouting contest. Zac is “doing general box office” ie drudgery. I’m convening a panel on place and the short story on Sunday.There may be photos. 

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