In partnership with Louisiana State University, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, EGSA, and New Delta Review, the annual Delta Mouth Literary Festival promotes literary arts in Baton Rouge by bringing together writers of national acclaim with some of Louisiana's own writers, artists and performers.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Featured Reader: Ariana Reines

Ariana Reines is a contemporary poet, playwright, and scholar whose work is on the cutting edge of poetry and theatre. She graduated suma cum laude from Barnard College and was a doctoral candidate in French from Columbia University. She is the author of The Cow (Alberta Prize, FenceBooks 2006) and Coeur de Lion (Mal-O-Mar 2007). Two volumes of translation appeared in 2009: My Heart Laid Bare by Charles Baudelaire, for Mal-O-Mar, and The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal, by Jean-Luc Hennig, for Semiotext(e). In addition to her numerous conference appearances, Ms. Reines has contributed to coconut, Action! Yes Quarterly and tema celeste. TELEPHONE,her first play, was commissioned and produced by The Foundry Theatre. TELEPHONEpremiered in February 2009; The New York Times called it 'inspired and utterly original'; it is forthcoming in 2009 in PLAY: A JOURNAL OF PLAYS.

In Spring 2009, Ms. Reines taught a class at UC Berkeley as Holloway Lecturer in Poetry. Several sources have referred to Ms. Reines as one of the “crucial voices in” our generation.

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