17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series

Featured Reading Information:
Our Featured Readings are usually by invitation and our calendar for the season is set 4-6 months in advance. We are always open to hearing from writers and guests who will be visiting New Orleans, so please email Megan Burns:
meganaburns@aol.com. We can try to accomodate you depending on our schedule. Our readings are only on Thursday evenings, so keep this in mind when emailing. We take a break during the summer (July-late August) and winter (late Dec-late Jan).

17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series

Dave Brinks

Born in ’67 and raised in New Orleans, DAVE BRINKS’ blood is Acadian French and Choctaw. Brinks is editor-in-chief of YAWP: A Journal of Poetry & Art, publisher of Trembling Pillow Press, director of 17 Poets! Literary & Performance Series, and founder of The New Orleans School for the Imagination. His works have appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, journals, and anthologies throughout the U. S., Canada, and overseas. Additionally, they have been featured by NPR, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, National Geographic Traveler, and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. Brinks has authored six books including the acclaimed The Caveat Onus (Black Widow Press, 2009). Brinks has a forthcoming Collected Poems from Black Widow Press forthcoming in fall 2012.


Megan Burns is a poet, performer, essayist, and editor. She has a MFA from Naropa University and edits the poetry magazine, Solid Quarter, which is dedicated to poets working in the tradition of the long poem. Her critical work on poet Bernadette Mayer can be found at Jacket Magazine. She has reviews of both poetry and prose at Gently Read Lit, Tarpaulin Sky, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. Her poetry has been most recently published in Exquisite Corpse Annual, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, YAWP Journal and the Big Bridge New Orleans Anthology. Her book Memorial + Sight Lines was published in 2008 by Lavender Ink. She has four chapbooks: Frida Kahlo: I am the poem (2004) and Framing a Song (2010) from Trembling Pillow Press, irrational knowledge (fell swoop press, 2012) and "a city/ bottle boned" (dancing girl press, 2012). She coordinates the weekly 17 Poets! Featured Reader Calendar and is a publisher at Trembling Pillow Press. Megan has two forthcoming books of poetry entitled Sound & Basin and Carville: Village of Forgotten Names


Jimmy Ross is a poet, playwright and fiction writer. He has been long recognized as one of New Orleans' finest satirists. Ross' collection If Bricks Were Books was published by Think Tank press in 2003. 
Jimmy Ross has been moderating the  17 Poets! Open Mic since 2007. He has a new collection of work forthcoming from Lavender Ink. 

Lance Arnold: Archivist

Lance Arnold  holds a M.A. from UNO. He currently teaches Mass Communication at Nicholls State in Louisiana. He has been documenting events at the 17 Poets! Literary and Performance Series since 2003, including the Still Standing Poetry Reading which was the first New Orleans Poetry Reading held after the federal levee failures in 2005. Portions of this video were recently viewed at the 2011 AWP as part of a panel discussing Poetry in New Orleans after Katrina moderated by Julie Kane.  

Eluard A. Burt, IIborn February 15,1937 and raised in New Orleans; died August 5, 2007 in Englewood, California—was a flautist, percussionist, key-boardist, a writer, a choreographer, a director, a producer and music historian. His life has been entrenched in the music and culture of New Orleans. From the early 1950s to the present, Eluard has been a participant and contributing member of the New Orleans music world. From the fall of 1994, when Eluard developed the Jazz and Poetry Ensemble, he has produced dozens of shows, with not only Jazz and Poetry, but also vocals, dance, Mardi Gras Indians, and occasionally visual art exhibits, around the city. In 2000, Eluard A. Burt collaborated with Lee Meitzen Grue to produce Live! On Frenchmen Street. New Orleans music and street life as seen and lived by spoken word artist, with jazz background. Poet Lee Meitzen Grue and flute player Eluard Burt were part of The Quorum Club, the legendary coffee house on edge of the French Quarter during the sixties. They began doing jazz and poetry together at that time.In 2001, Eluard & Co released a CD with Eluard & Co titled  Gumbolia.

Eluard Burt
: Artistic and Spiritual Mentor

View Eluard Burt playing with Sonia Sanchez below:



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