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Poets Jack Bedell and Darrell Bourque to Read at Cavanaugh Lecture

Released: 03/16/2010

Louisiana poets Jack Bedell and Darrell Bourque will read from their newest book and first-time collaboration, “Call and Response,” at the Alexandria Museum of Art at 7 p.m. March 30. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Cavanaugh Lecture Series presented by LSU Alexandria.

Bedell, a professor of creative writing at Southeastern Louisiana University, has been nominated for four Pushcart Awards in the last 11 years, and served as editor of “Louisiana Literature.” He has participated in the Kenyon Review Writer’s Worship and been a finalist for the Paterson Book Award and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference Fellowship. Bedell is a former Artist of the Year in Louisiana.

Bourque, professor emeritus at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, was Louisiana poet laureate in 2007-08. He has served on the Advisory Council for International Quarterly and was a member of the editorial board and editor for the Cajun Writers Series for Cross-Cultural Communications. Bourque earned a National Endowment for the Arts grant for the Black Writers Reading Series and was editor of the National Association for Humanities Education Newsletter.

Bedell and Bourque have written more than 10 books of poetry between them.

The Cavanaugh Lecture Series is named for former LSUA chancellor Dr. Robert Cavanaugh. It is administered through the university’s Department of Arts, English and Humanities. The poetry reading is supported by the LSUA Foundation.