Sunday, June 4, 2017

Poetry reading, children's books program and more

Six Louisiana authors will read original poems as part of "Image to Word," inspired by photographs from Leo Touchet’s photography exhibition, “People Among Us,” currently on display at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The event will be 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at the downtown Lafayette art gallery. The exhibition of large black and white photographs is a retrospective collection of photographs from Touchet’s 50-year career as a photojournalist. Over the past month, selected poets have observed the photos and crafted poems. The program is free.

The authors are: former Louisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque, the founder of The Amédé Ardoin Project and author of ‘Where I Waited,” a set of poems with paintings by Bill Gingles; Patrice Melnick, executive director of the Festival of Words, a rural, literary arts organization in Grand Coteau; Psychologist Elizabeth Burk, author of the chapbooks “Learning to Love Louisiana” and “Louisiana Purchase;” Genaro Kỳ Lý Smith, creative writing professor at Louisiana Tech and author of “The Land Baron’s Son” and “The Land South of the Clouds;” Sidney Creaghan, award-winning visual artist and poet and author of “Sweet Threads of Memory;” and Sandra Sarr, who is revising her novel, “The Road to Indigo,” at the Tin House Writing Workshop this summer.

Creating Books for Children
Local children’s book writers and illustrators will be on hand for the Creating Books for Children panel discussion Monday, June 12, at the South Regional Library in Lafayette. Book sales and signings will follow the panel discussion and refreshments will be served. The discussion is sponsored by the Acadiana Group of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Authors and illustrators include: John and Phyllis Comeaux, author of “Winnie and the Mystery of the Missing Moonstones” and “Winnie and the Trouble with Trolls;” Denise Gallagher, writer/illustrator of “A Tip Tap Tale,” coming from University of Louisiana Press this fall; Barry Ancelet, author of “Jean-le-Chasseur et ses chiens,” illustrated by Gallagher; Taylor Overbey, author of “The Snit and George Franklin Whit” and “The I-Wants and the Gimmees;” Nancy Rust and Carol Stubbs, author of “What’s Watching Me? and Other Animal Stories;” Paul Schexnayder, writer/illustrator of “In the Time of Comfort and Joy,” coming from University of Louisiana Press this fall; Margaret Simon, author of “Blessen;” and Ann Trousdale, author of “Cotton Patch Rebel: The Story of Clarence Jordan.”

Book events for June 4-10, 2017
Elizabeth Schexnyder, curator of the National Hansen’s Disease Programs Museum, will share the story of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, who cared for quarantined patients from 1896-2005 at what would later become the National Leprosarium at Carville, at 1 p.m. today at Lafayette’s South Regional Library.

At Garden District Book Shop of New Orleans this week: C.D. (Cheri) Collins discusses and signs her book, “Arise and Call Her Blessed: A Daughter's Memoir” at 2 p.m. today; Laura Cayouette signs “The Hidden Hunstman: A Charlotte Reade Mystery” at 6 p.m. Tuesday; Abby Stern signs “According to a Source” at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

It’s Family Movie Day beginning at 1 p.m. Friday at the West Ouachita Branch Library. Friday’s movie is “Meet the Robinsons,” appropriate for all ages. Visit for more information.

Bring your original poetry, short stories or songs and share at Open Mic Night, beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday at CC’s Coffee House, 2350 Tower Drive in Monroe. Teens and adults welcome.

Cheré Coen is the author of “Forest Hill, Louisiana: A Bloom Town History,” “Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana” and “Exploring Cajun Country.” She writes Louisiana romances under the pen name of Cherie Claire. Write her at