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Louisiana poet laureate’s 1st reading online Wednesday

September 26, 2021 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is inviting people to join the new state poet laureate’s first public reading through two online venues.

Mona Lisa Saloy will read her work at 7 p.m. Wednesday. People can watch on Facebook or register for a public meeting on Zoom, the endowment said in a news release. Either way, the reading is free.

Saloy grew up in New Orleans and has taught since 1991 at Dillard University, a historically Black private university in the city.

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Truman State University Press published two collections of her work: “Red Beans and Ricely Yours” and “Second Line Home.”

Louisiana’s poet laureate is a literary ambassador, traveling around the state for two years to encourage people to explore and engage with poetry. Saloy’s term began in August.