River Writers Series to Feature Tony Medina, Kelly Harris and Jesus Avila on March 12

03/07/2013 10:57 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of English presents a poetry reading on Tuesday, March 12, as part of the River Writers Series at Boudreaux & Thibodeaux, located at 214 Third Street in Baton Rouge. The event, featuring Tony Medina, Kelly Harris and Jesus Avila, is free and open to the public.

Medina has been hailed as “one of the top 10 writers to watch in the new millennium,” and his dynamic energy on-and-off the page has garnered him international attention. New Orleans-based poet Harris and LSU MFA candidate “Chuy” Avila, will join Medina for the poetry reading.

Medina is the award-winning author and editor of more than 17 books for adults and young readers, including “I and I: Bob Marley” and “My Old Man Was Always on the Lam.” His poetry, fiction and essays are featured in more than 40 anthologies. He is a professor of creative writing at Howard University and is a two-time winner of the Paterson Prize. Medina’s latest books include “Broke on Ice,” “An Onion of Wars” and “The President Looks Like Me.”

Harris earned an MFA from Lesley University. She is a fellow of Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center and is a winner of Cleveland’s Wendy L. Moore Emerging Artists Award. Her poems have appeared in Say It Loud: Poems for James Brown, Caduceus, PMS, The Southern Women’s Review, PLUCK and DrumVoices Revue. Kelly created Poems & Pink Ribbons, a breast-cancer-themed poetry workshop and is completing her poetry manuscript, “Revival.”

For more information on the LSU Department of English, visit http://www.english.lsu.edu.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013