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Sept. 29: Inaugural Reading for New Louisiana Poet Laureate

In August Gov. Bobby Jindal selected Dr. Peter Cooley of New Orleans as Louisiana’s poet laureate for the 2015-2017 term.

On Tuesday, September 29 at 6:30pm, the LHC hosts Dr. Cooley’s inaugural reading. The event begins with a reception and Dr. Cooley will read from his work.

Cooley is Professor of English and Director of the Creative Writing program at Tulane University. He is the author of ten full-length collections, eight through Carnegie Mellon University Press, most recently in 2014, and three chapbooks. His individual poems have appeared in over seven hundred magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and in over one hundred anthologies.

The LEH oversees the nomination process for Louisiana’s poet laureate. Louisiana organizations interested in hosting Dr. Cooley can click here for more information on LEH grants to support readings and workshops.

Doors open at 6:30pm for a reception, and Dr. Cooley will read from his work at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public.

The LHC is located at 938 Lafayette Street in New Orleans. For more information, call 504.620.2476.