Our third annual Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions! We invite all poets to submit their unpublished work online or by mail.
We’re accepting submissions of 2-4 original, unpublished poems as contest entries. Deadline (postmark) for submissions is August 15, 2012.
Read our full submission guidelines and FAQ.
The winner — to be chosen by Ava Leavell Haymon (pictured), author of poetry collections Kitchen Heat and The Strict Economy of Fire — will receive a grand prize of:
- A VIP All-Access Pass ($500 value) for the 27th annual Festival (March 20-24, 2013)
- Publication in Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine
- A public reading on a literary panel at the 2013 Festival
The top ten finalists will receive a panel pass ($75 value) to attend the 2013 Festival, and their names will be published on www.tennesseewilliams.net.
Entry fee: $20 per entry.
The contest results will be announced by January 15, 2013.
We look forward to reading your work!
Chris Hannan, the winner of this year’s poetry contest, is an attorney with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. Chris is a New Orleans native, and a 2004 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts where he received a bachelor of arts in the Classics, and a 2008 graduate of the Loyola University College of Law. That classics background shows up in his gorgeous poetry, with its rich mythic overlay and concern for form. Here he talks a bit about his background and the experience of winning the 2012 poetry competition. He lives in Mid-City with his wife, Emily, and his son, Jack William.
What does your New Orleans background contribute to your life as a poet?
The fact that I am from New Orleans does not just contribute to my life as a poet — it is the very bones, blood, and breath of my life as a poet. I come from a family that has been in New Orleans for generations; my family has stood on the same corner for Mardi Gras since before my dad was born. All my aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, fake aunts, and uncles — they all still live here. As a result, my life has always been deeply, fundamentally tied to this area, its environments, and its culture. Along the same lines, family and traditions are as much a part of the landscape of New Orleans and southeast Louisiana as bayous and marshes — whether its fishing spots handed down from father to son, recipes from mothers and grandmothers, or Saints games on Sunday. In many ways, family and place are inextricably bound in my work.
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