The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana celebrated National Poetry Month with a virtual edition of Just Listen to Yourself: Louisiana’s Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets.Tthe program, in its tenth year, was hosted by the current Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith. Smith invited six poets from across the state to read their work: Liz Adair, Katie Bickham, Kelly Harris, David Havird, Brad Richard, and Donney Rose.
“The richness of Louisiana poetry can give us solace during these challenging days,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “I am so proud of the State Library of Louisiana for stepping up and creating this alternative way of presenting this annual program uninterrupted for a tenth year.”
“The State Library of Louisiana has worked tirelessly to continue its regular programming and support despite the challenges posed by the current pandemic. I am proud that we are able to offer this online presentation as a grand finale to Louisiana’s 2020 celebration of National Poetry Month,” said State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton. “Each year, I look forward to the opportunity to hear the varied voices of our Louisiana poets chosen by our poet laureate. This year, however, I am particularly proud to be able to provide the welcome, and to recognize these poets – each scheduled for the original live event – and all of our staff behind the scenes who have made this possible.”
Sent to State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton by her young friend Paul Eakin. She notes that "he is grandson of Dr. Sue Eakin, who is a hero of mine, along with his dad, my friend Frank Eakin, helped me put something together as a tribute to all of the librarians who are doing so much for so many in ways that the average person doesn’t even know. I hope you take the time to watch all the way to the end."