Jack B. Bedell

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Biography

Jack B. Bedell is professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University where he also edits Louisiana Literature and directs the Louisiana Literature Press. His latest collections are Elliptic from Yellow Flag Press, Revenant from Blue Horse Press, and Bone Hollow, True from Texas Review Press. Appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards, he will serve as Louisiana Poet Laureate from 2017 to 2019.

 

 

 


Schedule

10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Glass Room
Discussion
Vanishing Coast: Multi-Genre Perspectives

11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Book Talk
The Small Door of Your Death

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Glass Room
Reading
Louisiana Poets I

1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Glass Room
Reading
Louisiana Poets II


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No Brother, This Storm: Poems

Over the past few decades, the gulf coast of Louisiana has suffered its share of natural disasters. From hurricanes, to floods, to the gradual destruction caused by coastal erosion, the poems in No Brother, This Storm: Poems serve as archives of the hope and resilience found throughout the region.

For much of his career, Jack Bedell has paid tribute to the people, landscapes, and traditions of his native South Louisiana. His poems give voice to personal and cultural histories that make up the fabric of life in his home state. No Brother, This Storm: Poems continues this tradition, containing lyrics and narratives of hope and beauty in the face of storms, floods, and personal loss.

Poem by poem, No Brother, This Storm: Poems explores loss, reinvention, and rebirth on personal, natural, and regional levels. More than simple inventory, though, these poems try to recognize strength and hope with every line.

Bedell's work honors South Louisiana as it gives voice to its people, places, and ways of life. His poems do their best to find the good in the day, even in the aftermaths of storm and loss.

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