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Louisiana poet laureate to present reading April 14 at Lamar

Darrell BourqueLouisiana Poet Laureate Darrell Bourque will read from his work Thursday, April 14, at Lamar University.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Science Auditorium, sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages, the estate of Eleanor Perlstein Weinbaum and Pulse, Lamar’s student literary magazine. The reading is open to the public without charge.

Bourque is professor emeritus in English and interdisciplinary humanities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He recently published “In Ordinary Light,” a collection of new and selected poems. As professor emeritus at Louisiana-Lafayette, he has served as a mentor for a generation of Louisiana writers, said R.S. “Sam” Gwynn, professor of English at Lamar.

Bourque is the author of several books of poetry: “Plainsongs” (1994, Cross-Cultural Communications, Merrick, N.Y.), “The Doors between Us” (1997, Inaugural Issue of Chapbook Series, Louisiana Literature Press, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, La.), “Burnt Water Suite” (1999, Wings Press, Austin), “The Blue Boat” (2004, Inaugural Issue of Louisiana Writers Series, Center for Louisiana Studies, University of Louisiana-Lafayette) and “Call and Response: Conversations in Verse, with Jack B. Bedell” (2009, Texas Review Press, Huntsville, a member of the Texas A&M Press Consortium).

In 2009, Bourque directed the “Imagining Lincoln: Louisiana Poetry Project” as part of the state and national observance of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. He served as Louisiana poet laureate during 2007 and 2008 and was appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal for another two-year term in 2009.

Bourque lives in rural St. Landry Parish with his wife, Karen, who is a glass artist.

Additional information about the reading is available from Gwynn at (409) 880-8575.