Through a new arts and cultural exchange, New Orleans-based poet Bill Lavender is conducting a series of readings in Rochester to expand understanding of the region’s style and culture, as well as to advance scholarly and creative collaborations between the Rochester and New Orleans arts communities. The project is a component of a planned partnership to promote additional tours and exchanges with cities across the United States over the next year.
Lavender’s visit is being sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology’s department of English and follows a tour of New Orleans universities by RIT and Rochester area poets and authors in March. The project has been made possible through funding from RIT, Poets and Writers Inc., the New York State Council on the Arts, and Just Poets of Rochester.
Lavender is the director of the Low Residency Creative Writing program at the University of New Orleans and managing editor of UNO Press. He is the author of four books of poetry and his fifth, transfixion, will be released later this year.
WHAT: Poetry reading and book signing
WHO: Bill Lavender
WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16
WHERE: Boulder Coffee House, 100 Alexander St., Rochester, NY
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public