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Open Mic with Poet Laureate John Warner Smith

January 29 @ 7:00 pm

Open Mic with John Warner, Grand Coteau, Louisiana

On Wednesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. the Festival of Words hosts a reading by Poet Laureate of Louisiana, John Warner Smith. The evening includes a Q & A, a book signing, and an open mic to share your own writings.

Smith is a native of Morgan City, and grew up in Lake Charles. For much of his adult life, he worked as a public administrator; he served as Louisiana labor secretary under former Governor Kathleen Blanco. Eventually, after three degrees and successful careers he went back to school to get an MFA and develop the craft of creative writing. He has published four collections of poetry including his most recent, Muhammad’s Mountain (Lavender Ink, 2018). Forthcoming is a fifth book, Our Shut Eyes: New & Selected Poems on Race in America (MadHat Press.)

Arrive early to sign up for the open mic with your own poems, songs or stories. This free, community event is suitable for all ages and is sponsored by the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective. The venue is made available through the generosity of Chicory’s Coffee and Café.