The Poet Laureate of Louisiana is coming to Many to entertain and inform

Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, an award-winning poet, folklorist, author and educator,  will be at Bayou Crawfish Restaurant  at 1 P.M, Thursday, March 17, to document Creole culture by sharing  her poems, discussing   the importance of play and  demonstrating  sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes, and clap-hands games.

Dr. Saloy’s visit is sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Sabine Parish Library and Bayou Crawfish Restaurant. The special event is free.  Seating is limited to 50 people, so it’[s important to arrive early and get a good seat.

The Conrad Hilton Endowed Professor of English at Dillard University in New Orleans, Dr. Saloy is a scholar of Creole culture.  She writes on the significance of Black Beat poets, on the African American toasting tradition, Black talk, and the Creole culture.

Her first book, Red Beans and Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize.  Her collection of poems, Second Line Home, captures New Orleans speech, family dynamics, celebrates New Orleans and the unique culture everyone loves.

Dr. Saloy writes for those who don’t or can’t tell Creole cultural stories. 


Director of Sabine Parish Library, Debbie House Anderson, said the library is so proud to work with the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Bayou Crawfish  to make it possible to have Dr. Saloy bring her entertainment and knowledge to Many.  “Learning should be fun and Dr. Saloy is certainly going to teach us and entertain us too,” Anderson said.  

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