If you’re not already familiar with Lydia Conklin’s work, go read her immediately. Her stories are often irreverent, deeply attuned to the mundane absurdities of daily life, and awake to the painful comedy of the mistakes we can’t help but make as we navigate our relationships and the rocky landscapes of our own emotions. Her writing is funny and sad and true. It explores themes of sexuality; the abundant awkwardness of adolescence; and the transition into the equally fraught, interminable, fake-it-till-you-make it experience of becoming an adult. I couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming her to the Delta Mouth stage this year. —Garrett Hazelwood, Publicist
Oh, I love Lydia’s stories. I’m regularly amazed by how she comes up with these big-hearted characters who are making earnest attempts at figuring out the world—with deadpan hilarity every step of the way. Somehow she makes soul-searching a fun adventure for readers, self-discovery a rollicking group activity. She’s a stellar writer, a talented illustrator, a generous teacher, and The Southern Review has been fortunate to play a little part in her budding career (if you can still call a double-Pushcart winner “emerging”). I can’t wait to welcome her to Baton Rouge. —Emily Nemens, coeditor and prose editor of The Southern Review
Lydia Conklin was the 2015-2017 Creative Writing Fellow in fiction at Emory College. She has received two Pushcart prizes; fellowships from Princeton, MacDowell, and Yaddo; and has been published in Tin House, The Southern Review, Narrative Magazine, and in a compilation of the best of the last twenty-five years of the Pushcart Prize. She holds an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lydia’s visit is cosponsored by The Southern Review and we are excited to announce that Emily will be an opener at her reading on our second night of Delta Mouth 2018! Come see them both read on Saturday April 7th at 7pm in the Hans and Donna Sternberg Salon (LSU Campus). Our full schedule of events is available here.
I recently read M. Mack’s chapbook MINE, a collection made up of scraps borrowed from a cable TV shopping channel, and I was struck by hir ability to transform the most artificial of formulas into lyrical pieces that are at once estranging, funny, and intimate. As in hir previous work, Mack implodes gender and genre categories to imagine avenues for bodily and literary reconfiguration as we navigate the incessant calls for conformity that flood our mediated realities. I am thrilled to see Mack expand the limits of the possible at Delta Mouth, this time without the page or the screen in between. —Maria Anna Zazzarino, Community Engagement Coordinator
M. Mack is a genderqueer poet, editor, and fiber artist in Virginia. Ze is the author of Theater of Parts and the chapbooks Mine, Imaginary Kansas, and Traveling. Hir work has appeared in cream city review, Cloud Rodeo, Rogue Agent, Menacing Hedge, and The Queer South. Mack is a founding coeditor of Gazing Grain Press, an assistant editor for Cider Press Review, and the monster maker behind What is Reality Plushies.
M. will be reading at our first night of Delta Mouth 2018! Come see hir on Friday April 6th at 7pm in the Art & Design Auditorium Room 103 (LSU Campus). See our full schedule here.
I’ve been following Brandon’s work for years, and time and again he surprises me with his odd and lonely characters, his dark comedy, and the strangeness of his settings and situations. And yet his characters are treated without judgment. If there is anything that threads Brandon’s work together, it’s his honesty and unsentimental sincerity. We are lucky and honored to have him come and share his words. —Jason Christian, Co-Director of Delta Mouth 2018.
Brandon Hobson is the author of the novel, Where the Dead Sit Talking, as well as two previous novels, Deep Ellum and Desolation of Avenues Untold. He is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, and his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in such places as The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, Conjunctions, NOON, Post Road, Narrative Magazine, Puerto del Sol, and many other places. He holds a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and currently teaches at Northern Oklahoma College.
Brandon will be reading at our first night of Delta Mouth 2018! Come see him on Friday April 6th at 7pm in the Art & Design Auditorium Room 103 (LSU Campus). See our full schedule here.
Our Fall 2017 Scrabble Tourney Fundraiser for Delta Mouth is underway! Thank you to New Delta Review for donating a copy of their 2016-2017 Annual Chapbook Contest winner, Chinatown Sonnets by Dorothy Chan.
And a big thank you to everyone who supported our first round last Sunday and made it such a great event! We look forward to seeing you again at 5:00 on Sunday October 29th at Radio Bar in Baton Rouge.
As always, we want to thank our generous and kind supporters and our incredible guests for another amazing Delta Mouth Festival. Friends at the New Delta Review have the following to say about this year’s event.
Radio Bar has graciously allowed us to invade their space the next few Friday nights to hold SCRABBLE TOURNEYS to help support this year’s event… THANKS, RADIO BAR! Grab a booth and join the fun! Drink tickets/entry fees will benefit our readers and writers. Prizes to be won!