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Festival of Words

November 2 @ 7:00 pm - November 3 @ 5:00 pm

Festival of Words in Grand Coteau, Louisiana

Acadiana’s literary festival is back this year with more talented poets and authors! The Festival of Words is a free event that celebrates the written and spoken word through several literary activities. You can participate in open mics and literary workshops or watch other public readings and performances. Featured artists work closely with students from local schools in the workshops and for “drive-by-poetry.” You can also catch student performances on the street, in local shops, and on stage for a creative writing contest on Saturday.

Last year’s guests include nationally recognized authors: Poet Laureate Jack Bedell, poet and songwriter Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic and Ladee Hubbard, author of The Talented RibkinsYou can learn more about these literary professionals and their writings at FestivalOfWords.org.

This event takes place in multiple venues in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. Other literary events hosted by The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective take place throughout the year. In fact, this group meets weekly at Chicory’s Coffee & Café for an open mic. Sometimes the collective hosts guest artists including musicians, poets, authors, and educational speakers.

Friday Kick-Off

6:30pm – Readings, performances, and book and CD sales with featured artists Jack Bedell, Ladee Hubbard, and Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic.

Chicorys Coffee & Cafe | 6:30pm-9pm

Saturday Events
Unless otherwise stated, all events on this date take place at The Thensted Center, located at 268 Church St., Grand Coteau, LA 70541

9:30am-11:20am 
– Poetry workshop “Music-inspired Poetry,” led by Cornelius Eady and Rough Magic
9:30am-3pm
 – Drive-by-poetry with area students, led by Bruce Cohen & Friends (various locations)
9:30am-3:30pm – Community writing workshops presented by featured artists
11am-12pm – Drive-by-poetry at Chicorys Coffee & Cafe with this year’s featured artists
11am-3:30pm – Rip the Mic at the community stage, led by Alex “PoeticSoul” Johnson
11am-3:30pm – The Blackpot Cook-Off
11:30am-12:15pm – Awards ceremony for Youth Creative Writing Contest
1:10pm-3pm – Novel writing workshop “Crafting Your Novel,” led by Ladee Hubbard
3pm-4:50pm – Poetry writing workshop “Memory and Place in Poetry,” led by Jack Bedell

Festival of Words is proud to be listed in the Community Foundation of Acadiana’s DONORSense database of Louisiana non-profit organizations.