Jennifer Reeser



Jennifer Reeser is the author of five books. Writer and former editor of The Paris Review, X.J. Kennedy, wrote that her first volume “ought to have been a candidate for a Pulitzer.” Her verse novel, The Lalaurie Horror, debuted as an Amazon bestseller in Epic Poetry. Her work has been anthologized by Random House and London’s Everyman’s Library, among many others. Reeser’s poems, non-fiction, and translations have appeared in Poetry, Rattle, The Hudson Review, and elsewhere.



1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Louisiana Poets II

2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


Indigenous: Poems

Jennifer Reeser’s Indigenous is, by turns, a celebration of her Native American heritage and a lamentation decrying the social injustice and tragedies endured. Through Reeser’s sublime craft and formal prowess, ancestral memories and spirits—both the immediate and the historical—are visited with chants, prayers, or rituals: be it imagined, culled, or translated in the backdrop of history, myth, and lore. Reeser also immerses us in her mixed-race heritage, in the “bloody war/ Inside of me, between the Red and White.” This collection is as uniquely inspirational and thought-provoking as it is fun—a collection not to be missed.


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