Louisiana Poetry


Every two years, Louisiana's governor appoints a poet laureate. In August Governor Jindal appointed Peter Cooley. Cooley is the director of the creative writing program at Tulane University, he has authored ten full-length collections of poetry and has been published in magazines such as the New Yorker and the Atlantic. He gave his inaugural reading as Poet Laureate earlier this week.

President of the Louisiana Association of Educators Debbie Meaux talks with Jim about recent legislature at the capitol concerning education in the state. She as well talks about Common Core and the expectations that she and others like her have concerning its implementation.

The 2013 Slam Poetry World Champion Chancelier Xero Skidmore talks about his work around town with teaching students the art of poetry. He closes out his talk with Jim by performing a powerful, moving poem titled Ice Scream, about the execution of a fourteen-year-old black boy in the south.

Also, George Hincapie talks with Jim about his stunningly candid autobiography The Loyal Lieutenant: Leading Out Lance and Pushing through the Pain on the Rocky Road to Paris. In the book, Hincapie tells of riding alongside Lance Armstrong in all seven of his Tour de France Championship victories, and all the scandal that came about after-the-fact.

Poet Laureate Spreads the Word About Louisiana Poetry

Apr 29, 2014

 In honor of National Poetry Month, Ann Marie Awad sat down to talk with Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana’s Poet Laureate. She’s on a mission to change the way the rest of the world looks at the state of Louisiana through poetry.