Johnette Downing

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Recipient of the 2017 Louisiana Writer Award, Johnette Downing is an author, musician, illustrator, and haiku poet. The cofounder of the former New Orleans Haiku Society, Downing's poems have been widely published in journals such as bottle rockets, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Mayfly, and World Haiku, among others. Her poem "ripples in the pond" received a Haiku International Association Honorable Mention Award in Japan. With over 30 books and 11 recordings, she is dedicated to sharing her Louisiana roots music and books with children.




Noon to 12:30 p.m.
In Front of the State Library, Children’s Author Tent 1
Book Talk
Five Little Possums

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 pm
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
Book Signing

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Louisiana Poets with a Special Guest
with David Armand, Felice Belle, Destiny O. Birdsong, Johnette Downing, Dean Thomas Ellis, Ashley Mace Havird, Sunni Patterson, and moderator Mona Lisa Saloy

3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cavalier House Booksellers Tent
Book Signing

Singing Waters: A Selection of Haiku, Senryu, and Haibun 

Singing Waters is a selection of over 100 of Johnette Downing's previously published haiku, senryu, and haibun in one volume.

"These are healing poems, menders of the broken bones we have made of East and West, body and spirit, craft and art, song and prayer. In these poems, Insight is everything." -- Darrell Bourque, Louisiana Poet Laureate, 2007-2011



Five Little Possums

Five little possums swing from a tree, teasing Mr. Alligator, "You can't catch me." Pre-readers can count down as the possums are scared away one by one in this engaging counting book from award-winning author and musician Johnette Downing. Her felt collage illustrations jump off the page in this adorable board book for little ones.


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