Awards and books!

We’re excited to announce that founding (Founding Founding) Peauxdunqian Amy Serrano‘s poetry collection, Of Fiery Places and Sacred Spaces, was officially released on April 15, and you can purchase a copy right here, on Amy’s website. While there, you can also read more about her exciting new multi-media arts initiative focused on city self-definition (beginning in Miami), This Is Who We Are. Look for Amy soon at a curated reading in Chicago. More information as the details come in.

We’re also very excited that globe-trotting Peauxdunquian Janis Turk‘s essay, “Feeling Up the Map,” won second place for travel writing from the New York Travel Festival. Also, Janis’s photography is featured in the cookbook Come In We’re Closed, which has been nominated for a James Beard Award.

We’re grateful to count both Amy and Janis among the citizens of Peauxdunque!

Don’t forget, Peauxdunquian Tad Bartlett will be among tonight’s readers at the UNO Gold Room reading.

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Gold Room reading coming up!

Peauxdunquian Tad Bartlett will be reading from his fiction at the next Gold Room reading on April 18, part of the UNO MFA program’s Creative Writing Workshop. Also reading will be Neil Ranu (fiction), Alex Reisner (non-fiction), and Nordette Adams (poetry). The Gold Room happens at Handsome Willie’s, 218 South Robertson Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Free admission.

Upcoming literary events, featuring Maurice!

Peauxdunquian Maurice Carlos Ruffin will be featured with others at three readings in the next two weeks.

First up, this Thursday, March 21, Maurice will be reading fiction at the UNO Gold Room at Handsome Willie’s, 218 South Robertson Street, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Also reading at the Gold Room will be Stephanie Doyle (fiction), Laura McKnight (non-fiction), and Ben Sines (poetry). Free admission.

Maurice will next be reading on Friday, March 22, at the Melanated Writers Collective’s Literary Jook Joint, at the M. Francis Gallery, 604 Julia Street, beginning at 8 p.m. Maurice will be part of a stellar line-up, including Yeah You Write alums Kelly Harris DeBerry and Gian Smith, and fellow Melanated Writers Dr. Gee Love and Mary Webb. $15 admission for a great night of words, food and drinks included ($10 with student ID), in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Festival.

Finally, Maurice will be reading at the next installment of the 17 Poets! series on Thursday, March 28, with Katarina Boudreaux. The series occurs weekly at the Gold Mine Saloon, at 701 Dauphine Street, with readings beginning at 8 p.m.