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Mona Lisa Saloy, Ph.D. Poet Laureate @ Bayou Crawfish Restaurant
March 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dr. Saloy is an award-winning author & folklorist, educator, and scholar of Creole culture in articles, documentaries, and poems about Black New Orleans before and after Katrina.
Currently, Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor and of English at Dillard University, Dr. Saloy documents Creole culture in sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes, and clap-hand games to discuss the importance of play. She writes on the significance of the Black Beat poets—especially Bob Kaufman, on the African American Toasting Tradition, Black talk, and on keeping Creole to today.
Her first book, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Price and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award.
Her collection of poems, Second Line Home, captures New Orleans speech, family dynamics, celebrates New Orleans, the unique culture the world loves. Saloy’s screenplay for the documentary Easter Rock premiered in Paris, the Ethnograph Film Festival and at the National Black Museum. She’s lectured on Black Creole Culture at Poets House-NYC; the Smithsonian; Purdue University; the University of Washington; and Woodland Patterns Book Center.
Most recent publications of verse include I am New Orleans, anthology. Kalamu ya Salaam, editor. University of New Orleans Press, 2021; Obsidian (2021), Chicago Quarterly Review, Vol. 33, anthology of African American Literature (2021), and forthcoming in Tribes Black Lives Matter Anthology (April 2022).
Mona Lisa Saloy writes for those who don’t or can’t tell Black Creole cultural stories.