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Photograph: Mona Lisa Saloy, Poet Laureate of Louisiana (Courtesy of Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center.)

Poet Laureate of Louisiana Workshop & Presentation

WHAT: Teen Poetry Writing Workshop and Public Reading present by Louisiana Poet Laureate Mona Lisa Saloy

WHEN:  June 15, 2022

TIME: 10 a.m.; with Public Reading at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Opelousas Library & Opelousas Museum

CONTACT:  Patrice Melnick 337-948-2589;

Meet Mona Lisa Saloy, Poet Laureate of Louisiana.  Ms. Saloy will lead a teen writing workshop and give a poetry presentation in Opelousas on June 15.


June 15, 2022 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Opelousas Library, 212 E Grolee St, Opelousas, LA 70570

Ms. Saloy will guide students 13 to 18 years old in a writing workshop that will stimulate their imaginations and lead them to write freely as they create original poems.  Students will be invited to present their poems at the reading that evening.  There is limited space available. Preregistration required by calling (337) 948-3693


June 15, 2022 – 5p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Opelousas Museum, 315 N. Main St. – Opelousas, LA

Enjoy lyrical works of Mona Lisa Saloy as well as fresh poems by Opelousas youth, participants of Ms. Saloy’s morning workshop. The evening will include soaring poetry and conversations about Louisiana history, culture and creative expression.


Mona Lisa Saloy, Ph.D., new Louisiana Poet Laureate 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 Prize 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 & at the national Black museum. Her documentary, Bleu Orleans, is on Black Creole Culture. Mona Lisa Saloy writes for those who don’t or can’t tell Black Creole cultural stories. Tweet to @redbeansista & @MonaLisaSaloy   

This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information: Patrice Melnick 337-948-2589;