October 18, 2005 Louisiana Poet Laureate Brenda Marie Osbey to Read at the Library of Congress on Nov. 3

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The poet laureate of Louisiana, Brenda Marie Osbey, will read from her work at the Library of Congress at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Montpelier Room on the sixth floor of the James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The program, presented under the auspices of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Poetry and Literature Fund, is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Osbey was artist-in-residence at Dillard University in New Orleans, where she conducted seminars and colloquia in literature, creative writing and New Orleans black culture. She is now a visiting assistant professor of English at Louisiana State University, while Dillard remains closed.

Osbey is the author of “All Saints: New and Selected Poems” (Louisiana State University Press, 1997), which received the 1998 American Book Award. Her other works include “Desperate Circumstance, Dangerous Woman” (1991), “In These Houses” (1988) and “Ceremony for Minneconjoux” (1985).

A native of New Orleans, Osbey earned her bachelor’s degree from Dillard and her master’s from the University of Kentucky. She also attended the Université Paul Valéry at Montpéllier, France.

Among her awards and honors are the Camargo Foundation Fellowship (Cassis, France, 2004); the Louisiana Division of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship (1994); the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Maxi-Grant (1993); and the National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship (1990). She has been a fellow of the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony and the Bunting Institute of Radcliff College, Harvard University.

In spring 2005, Brenda Marie Osbey was named poet laureate of the state of Louisiana.


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