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Book Launch and Birthday Bash with Carolyn Hembree at Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge

February 16 • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us Friday, February 16th at 7 pm at Zeitgeist Theatre & Lounge as we celebrate the Carolyn Hembree’s newest poetry collection, For Today.

There will be readings from Skye Jackson, Michael Tod Edgerton and Carolyn Hembree. There will be dancing. There will be cake. The fabulous Carolyn will sign her books. Celebrate with us!

Copies of For Today will be available for sale during the event.

Carolyn Hembree is the author of three poetry collections: For Today (LSU Press, 2024); Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague (Trio House Press, 2016), winner of the Trio Award and the Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award; and Skinny (Kore Press, 2012). Her poems appear in Beloit Poetry Journal, Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, Ninth Letter, Poetry Daily, The Southern Review, and other publications. She received a 2016-2017 ATLAS grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents and has also received grants and fellowships from PEN, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Southern Arts Federation. An associate professor in the University of New Orleans M.F.A. program, she was awarded the university’s 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award. Carolyn serves as poetry editor of Bayou Magazine. Read more here: https://carolynhembree.com/#about

Skye Jackson was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Southern ReviewElectric LiteratureGreen Mountains ReviewRATTLE and elsewhere. Her chapbook A Faster Grave won the 2019 Antenna Prize. Her work has been a finalist for the 2023 Iowa Review Poetry Award, the RATTLE Poetry Prize, the RHINO Founders’ Prize, and in 2021 she received the AWP Intro Journals Award. Skye’s work was also selected by Billy Collins for inclusion in the Library of Congress Poetry 180 Project. In 2022, she won the KGB Open Mic Contest in New York City, and served as the Writer-In-Residence at the Key West Literary Seminar in Florida. She currently teaches at Xavier University.

Michael Tod Edgerton (he/they) is a Queerboy poet of lyrically fluid gender and genre alike. Author of Vitreous Hide (Lavender Ink), Tod’s poems have appeared in Boston ReviewDenver Quarterly, EOAGH, Interim, New American Writing, PositSonora ReviewVOLT, and other journals. Tod holds an MFA from Brown, a PhD from UGA, and has received fellowships from Bread Loaf and MacDowell. He currently teaches at San José State University and serves on the poetry-editing teams of Conjunctions and Seneca Review. You’ll find him swishing along the streets of San Francisco and online at MTodEdge.com and WhatMostVividly.com.


February 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Zeitgeist Theater and Lounge
6621 St Claude Ave
Arabi, 70032 United States
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Blue Cypress Books