Delta Mouth 2018

Delta Mouth 2018 was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came out for our readings and panels.

Photo of Panel 1: Left to Right: Donney Rose, Lydia Conklin, Emily Nemens, R.O. Kwon, Brandon Hobson, Garrett Hazelwood, & M. Mack.
Left to Right: Donney Rose, Lydia Conklin, Emily Nemens, R.O. Kwon, Brandon Hobson, Garrett Hazelwood, & M. Mack.

And thanks once again to our generous sponsors: the LSU English department, English Graduate Student Association, The Southern Review, New Delta Review, Women and Gender Studies, Ogden Honors College, Radio Bar, Rice & Roux, City Pork, Trader Joe’s, and all the individuals who chipped in for the cause:

Rick Godden, Rachel Nix, Elizabeth Kolenda, Ashley Matskevich, Katie Boland, Ian Schoultz, Rachel Howatt, Eta Nurulhady, Jason Christian, Preety Sidhu, Ankita Rathour, James Butts, Philip Webb, Joseph Kronick, Femi Euba, James Butts, Emily Nemens, Eta Nurulhady, Rachel Howatt, Ian Schoultz, Ashley Matskevich, Rachel Nix, Rick Godden, Ankita Rathour, Preety Sidhu, The Greene Family,  Mari Kornhauser, James Wilcox, Ronlyn Domingue, Mary B. Sellers, Annie & Lee Thorne, Kevin McGuirk, Madora Sellers, Lara Glenum, Alicia Ortega, Suzanne Webb, Jason Buch, Josef Horacek, Alexandra Chiasson, Lindsey Gay, Elsie Michie, Ian Schoultz, Rick Blackwood, Chris Barrett, Jennifer S. Davis, and Douglas Scully.
Without them, this incredible festival couldn’t have happened.
Left to Right: Kiese Laymon, Anne Gisleson, Chen Chen, Siaara Freeman, & Monterica Sade Neil

Special thanks to our amazing readers: Chen Chen, Lydia Conklin, Siaara Freeman, Anne Gisleson, Brandon Hobson, Dylan Krieger, R.O. Kwon, Kiese Laymon, M. Mack, Emily Nemens, and Baton Rouge’s very own WordCrew. They blew our minds with their brilliant words and performances.

Dylan Krieger
Dylan Krieger
Photo of Kalvin Marquiz of WordCrew
Kalvin Marquiz of WordCrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We look forward to doing this again next year! So please join us then, and keep an eye out in the meantime for news about the latest publications and successes of the wonderful writers who came to Baton Rouge this past week to share their words with us.

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Introducing WordCrew

Photo of Elizabeth KolendaWordCrew is a spoken-word youth cohort based in Baton Rouge. In watching a number of videos of their past performances, I was struck by the sheer lyrical talent of these young poets. Hailing from the slam tradition, each of these performer’s words seemed to vibrate with raw emotion, transformed into messages that are at once politically palpable and deeply personal. It is rare to find a community that supports young poets in such powerful ways, and I am excited to be welcoming them to perform at Delta Mouth this year! Elizabeth Kolenda, Community Engagement Coordinator

The only group of its kind in Baton Rouge, the WordCrew cohort (ages 13-19) meets weekly to write, perform, engage in dialogue and discourse, and plan youth spoken word and poetry events. Members coordinate the Forward Arts’ monthly teen open mic and poetry slam, Freshhhh Heat– which is the largest youth open mic in the state, participate in writing retreats, and serve as editors for Crushed Canvas.

Word Crew will be performing at our first night of Delta Mouth 2018! Come see them on Friday April 6th at 7pm in the Art & Design Auditorium Room 103 (LSU Campus). Additionally, Donney Rose of Forward Arts will be a panelist on Saturday April 7th at 1 pm in the Women’s Center (LSU Campus). See our full schedule here.