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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As a queer Black woman writing my way through life, it’s going to be an absolute joy to engage with Siaara Freeman’s work off the page, up-close and personal. Siaara Freeman also moves through life as a writer. Her work gives voice to emotions I’ve yet to name, about my own coming-of-age in a life and neighborhood ravaged by the consequences of poverty, and about the loss of my seventeen-year-old brother who tried desperately to free himself from the bounds of inferiority: “What do you call a girl who has been haunted more years / than she has not?…Do you know how hard it is to protect a ghost? / Do you know how hard it is for a ghost to protect a girl?” Everyone I grew up with—dead, alive, caught somewhere in between—needs to hear Siaara read, but since I can’t bring the entire community of North Memphis to Delta Mouth, I will listen for us all. —Monterica Sade Neil, Outreach
Siaara Freeman is from Cleveland Ohio. She’s been published in Glass, Pinch, Texas Borderline Review, Black Napkin Press, and the Bettering American Poetry anthology. She has toured internationally, been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and named a finalist for the 2017 Button Poetry chapbook contest. Siaara is a four-year PinkDoor Fellow, co-coach of the 2017 BNV Detroit team, founder of Wusgood.Black, and a reader for Tinderbox.
Siaara will be performing our first night of Delta Mouth 2018! Come see her on Friday April 6th at 7pm in the Art & Design Auditorium Room 103 (LSU Campus). See our full schedule here.