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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.

This year includes nationally recognized authors: Novelist Yuri Hererra, Spoken Word Poet Donney Rose, and Poet Tyler Robert Sheldon.  Festival events include: creative writing workshops in community centers and public schools, a community stage for open mics, “Drive-by Poetry” in grocery stores, boutiques and restaurants–and many opportunities for people to interact with featured authors.

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 – Poetry presentation by Tyler Robert Sheldon, a spoken word performance by Donney Rose, and Yuri Herrera reads from his award-winning fiction

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

Take a peek at last year’s schedule. We will have 2019’s up near the end of August:
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.

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