Michelle Verret Johnson
Michelle Verret Johnson was born and raised in the Lafayette area. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Louisiana State University, holding an MA in history and an MLIS with a specialization in Archival Studies. She is the former curator/director of the Acadian Memorial in St. Martinville, and the current project manager of the William J. Hill Texas Artisans & Artists Archive at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Ô Malheureuse: French Writings by Louisiana Women
1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Ô Malheureuse is a first of its kind collection of Louisiana women's French language writings, including song, poem, and prose. Inspired by the phrase “Ô malheureuse!” or “Oh unhappy woman," commonly found in the lyrics of traditional south Louisiana Cajun song, this collection is an intuitive and unselfconscious look at some of the women who are writing in Louisiana French now. It is produced in an effort to provide more art and dialogue in the local language, and to bring balance to a temporary imbalance in the public voice of women in Louisiana French literature for current and future generations of Louisiana French speakers.
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