Friday, January 30, 2015

89. Interview with Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana's Poet Laureate, Part1

89.  Part one of our interview with Ava Leavell Haymon, Louisiana's Poet Laureate.  Ava’s most recent poetry collection is Eldest Daughter, published by Louisiana State University Press. She has written three previous collections, Why the House Is Made of GingerbreadKitchen Heat, and The Strict Economy of Fire, all also from LSU Press, and edits the Barataria Poetry Series, which will premiere Spring 2014.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. February 7, 2010. The New Orleans Saints when their very first Super Bowl and finish the year at 14-3. February 7, 2010.  The Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts by a score of 31–17, earning their first Super Bowl win. The game was played at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on February 7, 2010.  Drew Brees was named the Most Valuable Player.  And you remember the rest.
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  On February 7, 1970, while riding in the Bacchus parade, Al Hirt was struck by a hurled brick, rock, or cement chunk (sources vary) which left him bleeding profusely and the needing 12 (or 16, sources vary) stitches across the entire underside of his upper lip. He was taken from the float, rushed to Baptist Hospital, treated, and then attended the krewe's ball at the Rivergate the same evening.  He was forced to cancel two upcoming performing commitments and await the healing process to know if he would ever be able to play the trumpet again as he did in the past.  His career was seriously threatened and the public was outraged, calling for the end this sort of violence that had occured at many other parades during that Carnival season. The story made national news.  This incident was parodied in a Saturday Night Live skit from their second season Mardi Gras special, the "Let's Hit Al Hirt in the Mouth with a Brick Contest."
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Garden District Gallery
    1332 Washington Ave.
    New Orleans, LA 70130
    Through February 22
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM CST
        Group show featuring Mardi Gras-themed works in oil, watercolor, pastel, photography, bronze sculpture and mixed media, by artists such as Rolland Golden, Alan Flattmann, Sharon Weilbaecher, Kim Bernadas, Jacques Soulas, Jean Cassels, Patti Adams, Bevil Knapp, Ellis Lucia, Phil Thompson, Andy Levin and Jacques Soulas.
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