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