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Tom Dent Literary Festival

Each year the African American Resource Center celebrates the Tom Dent Literary Festival. This is a three-day festival that highlights the works of contemporary African American writers and poets. The event is named in the honor of the late New Orleans writer and historian, Thomas Covington Dent, who was a mentor to African-American writers and called attention to the African-American experience through poetry, magazines and theater. Our festival includes a Spoken Word Session, Author’s Showcase, and an afternoon forum.


The spoken word poets will include the following: Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, WordPlay NO, New Orleans Youth Slam (N.O.Y.S.), and Nik Richard "the Voice of Reason." It will be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Avenue.

Our author's showcase will include the following: Clifton Casteel author of A Lady’s Heart and Soul: My Life as a Colored-Negro-Black-African-American, and Dr. Keith Ferdinand and Dr. D'Ann Penner, authors of Overcoming Katrina: African American Voices from the Crescent City and Beyond at our Author’s Showcase. The author’s showcase will be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, November 6, 2009 at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Avenue.

Our Tom Dent forum speakers will be Carlotta Walls Lanier and Lisa Page Frazier. Carlotta Walls Lanier is the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine and author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School. Lisa Frazier Page is a Dillard University alumnae and a contributor to Mrs. Lanier's book. Our forum will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Avenue.

Please direct any inquiries to the AARC at 596-2597
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