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Sunday MARCH 31 1 - 2:15 PM—Literary Discussion POETS ON CRAFT AND INSPIRATION All of the poets on this panel are educators, editors, or curators. Greg Brownderville, this year’s poetry contest judge, whose most recent book is A Horse with Holes in It, is the editor of the Southwest Review. David Gewanter, whose most recent book is Fort Necessity, teaches at Georgetown University. Justin Phillip Reed, National Book award winner for Indecency, runs a community-based writing series, “Most Folks at Work,” in St. Louis. Gina Ferrara is inspired by the art of Marc Chagall in her most recent collection, Fitting the Sixth Finger. Anne Babson, whose most recent book is Polite Occasions, moderates. Sponsored by Paige Royer and Kerry Clayton. Hotel Monteleone, Royal Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass 1 - 2:15 PM—Special Event/Music BANU GIBSON: THE POETS OF TIN PAN ALLEY Palm Court Jazz Café, $10 or VIP Pass For full description, see page 24 2 - 4 PM—Walking Tour TENNESSEE WILLIAMS LITERARY WALKING TOUR CREATED BY DR. KENNETH HOLDITCH For full description, see page 10 2:30 - 3:15 PM—Special Event/Music NEW ORLEANS RAGTIME ORCHESTRA: RAGS, MARCHES, AND THE BLUES Palm Court Jazz Café, $10 or VIP Pass For full description, see page 24 2:30 - 3:45 PM—Theater TENNESSEE X THREE A STAGED READING PRESENTED BY THE NOLA PROJECT “A Perfect Analysis Given By a Parrot” Flora and Bessie are members of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Jackson Haggerty Post of the Sons of Mars in Memphis and are in town for the National Convention. Having gotten separated from “the boys,” they await them in the tavern, where they chat and gossip. Things get tearful but luckily “the boys” arrive and all ends in jubilation. “The Long Stay Cut Short, or, The Unsatisfactory Supper” This play would be the beginnings of Baby Doll. It is set in the rural South and centers on Archie Lee and his blowsy wife, Baby Doll, who play unwilling hosts to Aunt Rose, an ancient poor relation who has been passed around among all her relatives without finding a home anywhere. “The One Exception” An artist named Kyra has had a complete emotional breakdown and shows barely any signs of recovery. Now, under the care of a friendly nurse, Kyra’s greatest terror is to be sent to a mental institution. Just days before she is to be committed, Kyra is visited by Viola, an old friend from the art world who has come looking for a loan. Viola offers only “hilarious” updates and gossip about the successes of all the people who abandoned Kyra to her madness, those who left her alone and now judge her as the only one from their group to be a failure—the one exception. Hotel Monteleone, Iberville A/B, $20 or VIP Pass 2:30 - 3:45 PM—Literary Discussion MAKING AN ENTRANCE: MEET OUR DEBUT NOVELISTS One of the thrills of reading is discovering a new voice, a new sensibility. These four novelists have made great entrances onto the literary scene during the past year. Bryan Camp has added a new layer of supernatural fantasy to the New Orleans canon; Iris Martin Cohen examines New York literary life; Jon Michael Varese probes Spiritualist photography and Reconstruction for a new understanding of America’s troubled racial history; and Bryan Washington travels the streets of Houston for dazzling short stories. Moderated by novelist George Bishop, Jr. Hotel Monteleone, Queen Anne Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass 2:30 - 3:45 PM—Literary Discussion DILLARD HUMANITIES STUDENTS PRESENT: FOLKLORE IN SOUTHERN DRAMA This discussion and presentation showcases dramatic literature that emphasizes the use of folklore as a major component of performative text. In The Purification by Tennessee Williams, folklore becomes a driving force that unravels a tale of haunting revenge. Dirt Bleeds, a contemporary fable set in the Louisiana swamps by Carolyn Nur Wistrand, compliments the premise of supernatural forces seeking retaliation. Students from Dillard University will perform readings from the two texts in concert. Carolyn Nur Wistrand and Dr. Nancy Dixon, English Professor at Dillard, will lead this exciting panel. Hotel Monteleone, Royal Ballroom, $10 or Literary Discussion, Combo, or VIP Pass 26 TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL