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Kane to Read from "Jazz Funeral" at Cavanaugh Lecture

Released: 10/02/2008

Dr. Julie Kane will read from her award-winning book of poetry, “Jazz Funeral,” at noon Oct. 8 at LSU at Alexandria as part of the Cavanaugh Lecture series. The reading will be in Bolton Library on campus, and it is free and open to the public.

“Jazz Funeral,” which won the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, will be published next spring by Story Line Press. Kane, a native of Boston and associate professor of English at Northwestern State University, also wrote “Rhythm and Booze” and “The Bartender Poems,” both of which gained national recognition. Critics have described her poems as a mixture of “the earthy with the heavenly, and a little piece of American soil with the universal longings of the past and future,” and as an author “who bares her teeth so brightly, sashays so come-hitheringly, and is so formidably cool.”

Kane, a Fulbright Scholar to Lithuania, has won honors from “Mademoiselle” magazine, the American Academy of Poets, the National Poetry Series and the History Book Club. Additional information about the author is available at

The Cavanaugh Lecture series is coordinated by the Department of Arts, English and Humanities at LSUA. Additional information is available at 473-6581.

Diane Glancy, a prize-winning author of fiction, poetry and plays, will appear at the Cavanaugh Lecture series on Oct. 13.