Bill Lavender // co-director
Megan Burns // co-director
The mission of the New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair is to create a space for an inclusive and diverse group of writers to collaborate, share and influence each other while also being immersed in the distinct literary culture of New Orleans. As such, our goal every year is to bring in poets and performers from across the globe to share their work and research in topics not only specific to writing but to cultural, political and activist needs relevant to the current climate. We also hope to showcase the best writers that New Orleans has to offer allowing visitors to partake in the writing spirit unique to our city. The Festival is highly participatory with events ranging from workshops where you will be generating writing to open mics where you can share your work to getting out on the dance floor to listen and dance to our poets with bands. We invite the active inspiration of saturation in four days of poetry along with the collaboration of creating a temporary autonomous zone for fostering further explorations and creations that continue beyond the time spent here in New Orleans.
Support for New Orleans Poetry Festival can be made by donating to its fiscal sponsor the National Performance Network (NPN). Click the button below and you will be directed to Network for Good’s Donate Now service. Next to “Program Designation,” click on the drop-down box and select “New Orleans Poetry Festival.”
NPN is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions support the programming of NPN and the designated programs of the New Orleans Local Network, and are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donations are acknowledged by letter. We don’t engage in phone solicitation, nor will we sell or rent your contact information to any third party.