Thursday, July 21, 2016

166, Peter J. Cooley

166. We interview poet Peter J. Cooley, Poet Laureate of Louisiana. Peter is an English professor at Tulane University, where he has taught for many years. Peter's nine books of poetry are The Company of Strangers, The Room Where Summer Ends, Nightseasons, The Van Gogh Notebook, The Astonished Hours, Sacred Conversations, A Place Made of Starlight, Divine Margins, and Night Bus to the Afterlife.  His poems have appeared in over seven hundred magazines including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Southern Review, and in more than one hundred anthologies.  His work is in three editions of The Best American Poetry.
  1. This week in Louisiana history. July 24, 1704 The Pelican arrived bringing 23 girls to the Louisiana Colony (Mobile).
  2. This week in New Orleans history.  July 23, 1930,  Maurice Edwin "Moon" Landrieu was born. He served as a Democratic Mayor (56th Mayor) of New Orleans from  May 2, 1970 – May 1, 1978, a judge. a representative on the New Orleans' Twelfth Ward in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1960 to 1966) and on the New Orleans City Council as a member at-large (1966 to 1970).  On September 24, 1979 he was appointed United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
  3. This week in Louisiana.
    Springhill Piggly Wiggly 8th Annual Steak Cook-Off
    July 30th, 2016
    Springhill, LA Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot
    501 S Main St,
    Springhill, LA 71075
    Springhill, LA Piggly Wiggly Parking Lot
    Steak Cook-Off — Karoke Contest — Kids' Corner — Car & Bike Show — Crafts — Vendors — Plus More
    All proceeds from OUR 10th Annual Steak Cook-Off will donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital, with a MINIMUM of $1,000.00! All sponsors will be listed as donors to this worthy cause!
  4. Postcard from New Orleans: Musician Meghan McDonald sings on Royal Street as she busks across America.
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