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Poet Julie Kane to Read at Cavanaugh Lecture Series

Released: 03/03/2011

Award-winning poet Julie Kane will read from her selected works at the second in a series of Cavanaugh Lectures at the Alexandria Museum of Art on March 10 at 7 p.m. The event, which is sponsored by LSU Alexandria, is free and open to the public.

Kane, who was born in Boston and has lived in Louisiana for 30 years, is best known for “Rhythm & Booze,” which came to national attention in 2003. It was Maxine Kumin’s selection for the National Poetry Series and was one of four finalists for the Poets’ Prize.

Kane, who holds a doctorate in English from LSU, has published several books of poetry. She was judge David Mason’s choice for the Donald Justice Award in Poetry for “Jazz Funeral,” and she has won the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Poetry Award, the Open Poetry Sonnet Prize, the Academy of American Poets Prize, and the Mademoiselle Magazine College Poetry Competition. She also has been a two-term New Orleans Writer-in-Residence at Tulane University and has received a Fulbright Scholarship.

Considered a member of the new Formalist Movement in American poetry, Kane is known for slant rhyme, roughened meter and sometimes-raunchy subject matter. Her work often centers on such themes as the breakdown of modern relationships or the intersection of identity and place. She was one of the poets associated with the Maple Leaf Bar literary scene in New Orleans in the late 1970s and 1980s.

The Cavanaugh Lecture Series, which is administered by the Department of Arts, English and Humanities, is named for former LSUA chancellor Robert Cavanaugh.