Wednesday, February 27, 2008

March: NYC and Boston!

Grant Bailie and I will be reading together this month and in April. March dates:

Thursday, March 6, 7 PM--McNally Robinson, 52 Prince St. (between Lafayette and Mulberry), New York, NY 10012

Also Thursday, about 10-11 PM--

National Small Press Month Reading Marathon: Thursday, March 6, 2008 @ The Bowery Poetry Club:

7 pm to Midnight / $6

Eileen Myles (Wave Books), Noelle Kocot (Wave Books), Lynne Tillman (Soft Skull), Jen Benka (Soft Skull), Brenda Coultas (Coffee House Press), Ted Mathys (Coffee House Press), Alex Rose (Akashic Books), Camelia Entekhabifard (Seven Stories Press), Veronica Liu (Seven Stories Press), Martine Bellen (Belladonna Books), Lila Zemborain (Belladonna Books), Dan Machlin (Ugly Duckling Presse), Rachel Sherman (Open City Books), Leni Zumas (Open City Books), Sharon Mesmer (Hanging Loose Press), Marie Carter (Hanging Loose Press), Melissa Buzzeo (Leon Works), Tisa Bryant (Leon Works), Bob Holeman (Bowery Books), Paul Mills (Bowery Books), Radhiyah Ayobami (Bowery Books), Rachel Levitsky (Futurepoem Books), Erica Kaufman (Big Game Books), Corrine Fitzpatrick (Sona Books), Dedra Johnson (Ig Publishing), Grant Bailie (Ig Publishing), Camilla Trinchieri (Soho Press), Anne Landsman (Soho Press), Jason Schneiderman (Four Way Books), David Lawrence (Four Way Books).

For more information visit or call 212.764.7021.

Friday, March 7, 7 PM--DIRE Reading Series, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge, MA

Monday, February 25, 2008

Needed: NO Prose, Poetry, Art

Blacklight, the journal of the Organization of Black Students at the University of Chicago, is seeking submissions for an upcoming New Orleans issue. The website has some outdated information (and a soundtrack--you have been warned) but you can contact Nabeel (current president and editor) directly at Nabeel says he is looking for submissions that "deal somehow with New Orleans, geography, or space." Contact him for more info.

The deadline is mid-March.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Dillard: Reading, Book Signing, Reception

Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Blvd.
Stern Hall Amphitheater
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
7:00 p.m.
Free & Open to the Public

Novelists Alice Wilson Fried & Dedra Johnson (me!)

Poets Valentine Pierce & Mona Lisa Saloy

Sponsored by Dillard University Lyceum, the Creative Writing program, and the Division of Humanities

picture of AWF from AWF's official website
picture of VP's book from Portal Press website
picture of MLS from

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

In Chicago? Need a Signed Copy?

Contact the NOLA in Chicago Network, a group formed after Katrina to help New Orleans expatriates and lovers support New Orleans. Your purchase through NOLA in Chicago will benefit Schools Count, a non-profit asking schools what they need and getting it for them! Check out their site at

For more information, email

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Conversations Book Club New Orleans: POSTPONED!

I had a great time in MS this week, especially at Crystal Springs High School (details and pictures at Conversations Book Club). The book club today is canceled for a couple reasons, including the expected nasty weather, but I will be at the March Conversations Book Club-New Orleans. More details soon!

Thanks Cyrus and Robin and Martin! Can't wait to see you again! And thank you, thank you to Crystal Springs High School, Mr. Bradford (pictured) and Ms. Crisley!

Monday, February 11, 2008

This Week: Mississippi!

Tuesday, February 12
Conversations Book Club will be talking live via conference call to bestselling authors Clarence Nero ("Three Sides to Every Story") and Dedra Johnson ("Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow"). This will be at the Pearl Public Library in Pearl, MS, beginning at 6 p.m. CST. Admission is free. For details, call 601.664.8805 or the library at 601.932.2562.

Wednesday, February 13, 5 PM
Off Square Books, 129 Courthouse Square, Oxford, MS
New Orleans native Dedra Johnson will be at Off Square Books to sign and read aloud from her latest book Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow.

Off Square Books is Square Books' annex store located just across the crosswalk on the southeastern side of the square at 129 Courthouse Square next to AC's Bed & Bath.

Thursday, February 14, 5 PM Signing, 5:30 PM Reading
Lemuria Books, 202 Banner Hall, 4465 I-55 North, Jackson, MS 39206

Friday, February 15
Conversations Book Club
will host author Dedra Johnson ("Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow") LIVE and in person in a series of events with its various chapters in Mississippi.

Saturday, February 16
Conversations Book Club in New Orleans will host authors Clarence Nero ("Three Sides to Every Story") and Dedra Johnson ("Sandrine's Letter to Tomorrow") at the Comfort Inn & Suites Downtown (356 Baronne St./504.524.1140) beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit or call 601.664.8805.

For more Conversations Book Club events and details, check out and/or