Julie’s long-out-of-print first poetry book, Body and Soul (Pirogue, 1987) is now available for download to the Kindle! (A free Kindle reading app can be downloaded to your PC or cell phone, if you don’t own a Kindle.) A. R. Ammons wrote of the collection, ”Julie Kane’s poetry is so intensely, humanly physical that it shines, a shining that attracts the feelings and attracts the mind.” For more information, see the Amazon Kindle web page:
Interview in “Louisiana Libraries” Thursday, Apr 7 2011
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Julie is interviewed by Dayne Sherman in the latest issue of Louisiana Libraries, the journal of the Louisiana Library Association (Volume 73, Number 3, Winter 2011). Among the topics that Julie addresses are how she became a writer, how she got to Louisiana, how Louisiana and the South differ from other places she has lived, what her writing and revision processes are like, and what writers have meant the most to her. Interviewer Dayne Sherman is an Associate Professor and Reference Librarian at Southeastern Louisiana University and the author of the novel Welcome to the Fallen Paradise (MacAdam Cage, 2004).
Poetry Month Program at LA State Library Thursday, Apr 7 2011
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Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne has announced an event to celebrate National Poetry Month: Just Listen to Yourself–The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets. The lunch hour poetry reading in downtown Baton Rouge will take place from 12 to 1:30 PM on Wednesday, April 13, at the State Library on the grounds of the State Capitol Building. Julie Kane will be joining Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque and other poets including Caroline Ancelet, Jack Bedell, Marilyn Burel, Sidney Creaghan, Charles deGravelles, Elizabeth Foos, Bonny McDonald, Alison Pelegrin, Brad Richard, and Chancelier Skidmore. The program is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch and to come and go as necessary during the reading. For more information, phone 225-342-9713.
Workshop for Middle School Students Thursday, Apr 7 2011
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On Friday, April 8, Julie will be leading poetry writing workshops for sixty 8th-grade students at the NSU Middle Lab School in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The students will be developing poems based upon their research and field trips to the Cane River region of Natchitoches Parish.
Kane and Sexton Featured Poets for Women’s History Month Friday, Mar 18 2011
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN, will be holding a lunch hour poetry reading featuring the work of Julie Kane and Anne Sexton. The reading will take place on Wednesday, March 23, from 12:30 to 1:30 in CH 217. Faculty, staff, and students will read selected poems by Kane and Sexton. For more information, contact Professor Susan McLean of SMSU.
Reading at Xavier University of New Orleans Wednesday, Mar 9 2011
Julie will be giving a poetry reading at 6:30 PM on Thursday, March 24, at Xavier University of New Orleans. The reading will be held in the Xavier University Administration Building, Room 105. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Contact Dr. Biljana Obradovic at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Reading at Alexandria Museum of Art Wednesday, Mar 9 2011
Julie will be giving a poetry reading at the Alexandria Museum of Art on Thursday, March 9, at 7 PM. Sponsored by LSU-Alexandria’s 2011 Cavanaugh Lecture Series, the reading is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 993 Main Street, Alexandria, Louisiana 71309; phone 318-443-3458 for more information.
Poems by Louisiana Poets on the Radio Tuesday, Mar 1 2011
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The current Louisiana Poet Laureate, Darrell Bourque, has launched a wonderful weekly series on Public Radio Station KRVS-FM in Lafayette, Louisiana–streamed live over the Internet on KRVS.org. Each Thursday at 3:20 PM or a few minutes later, you can hear Darrell read a poem by a Louisiana poet. He read my “Egrets” last Thursday, but coming up is wonderful work by Yusef Komunyakaa, David Kirby, and others. Here is the schedule through March 2011:
Below is the winter 2011 schedule for the Thursday poetry segments on KRVS:
Jan 5 William Wright “Sweet Gums” and “Winter Oaks”
Jan 13 Barry Jean Ancelet “City Barbershop Burns”
Caroline Ancelet “My Brother in the Water”
Jan 20 Caroline Ancelet “Picture This”
Randy Bates “Meteors”
Jan 27 Jack B. Bedell “Elvin Jones at Midnight” and Come Rain, Come Shine”
Feb 3 John Biguenet “Scrimshaw”
Feb 10 Elizabeth Burke “Learning to Have Louisiana” and “My Husband’s Visit”
Feb 17 Ava Leavell Haymon “How One Became Two” and “All the Men in My Family Hunt”
Feb 24 Julie Kane “Egrets”
Mar 3 David Kirby “Psychodynamic Electrohelmet”
Mar 10 Yusef Komunyakaa “The Leopard” and “Ode to Saxophone”
Mar 17 Keagan Lejeune “Bliss in Our Ten Acres of Pine” and “Inheritance”
Mar 24 Kevin Meaux “My Grandfather’s Trees”
AWP Activities Tuesday, Feb 1 2011
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If you are headed to the AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) Conference in Washington, DC, Feb. 2-5:
- Come by the West Chester Poetry Center table in the book fair on Thursday, Feb. 3, from 11-12, where Julie will be signing copies of Jazz Funeral.
- Come hear the “Post-Katrina Poetry: Five Years Later” panel with Julie, Robin Kemp, Peter Cooley, and Kalamu ya Salaam. It’s at 4:30 PM on Saturday, Feb. 5, in Virginia Room A of the Marriott.
Southern Women’s Review Tuesday, Feb 1 2011
Julie has two poems, “Men Who Love Redheads” and “Birch Thoughts in Louisiana,” in the new issue of Southern Women’s Review–an online journal with an attitude!