Words and Music 2023 Schedule

Wednesday, November 15

5:45pm: Welcome reception

Location: ACC Lobby

6:30-7:45pm: The Canon of Parliament-Funkadelic

Location: ACC Lobby

  • Danny Bedrosian
  • Melissa A. Weber


Thursday, November 16

12:00–Doors open

12:15-1:45pm: Literature and Lunch: Beyond the Bars

Location: ACC Lobby

  • Kristy Laschober
  • Bree Anderson
  • Andre Aparicio
  • Syrita Steib–Moderator

2:00-3:15pm: New Orleans in Common–A Reading

Supported by Poets & Writers

Location: ACC Main Stage

  • Karin Cecile Davidson
  • Brad Richard
  • Carolyn Hembree
  • T Clark
  • Ariel Francisco
  • Rayna Nielsen–Moderator

3:30-4:45: The Play’s The Thing

Presented in partnrship with lmnl lit
Location: ACC Main Stage

  • CA Munn
  • Fernando Rivera
  • Nikki Ummel--emcee

5:15-6:45pm: Fiction Workshop with Annell Lopez

Location: ACC Lobby

7:00-8:00: Ebb & Flow Music feat.Troi Bechet & Chuck Perkins Presents  CONTROVERSY, Deconstructing the Words & Music of  Prince & James Baldwin

Location: ACC Main Stage


Friday, November 17

12:00pm–Doors open

12:15-1:45pm: Literature & Lunch: Patty Friedmann Writing Competition Reading

Presented in partnership with the Peauxdunque Review
Location: ACC Lobby

  • Tad Bartlett–Emcee
  • Emilie Rodriguez
  • Jen Hallaman
  • Elsie Michie
  • Caroline Zhang
  • Sami Helgeson
  • Megan Morrison

2:00-3:15pm: Poetry Building Bridges

Sponsored by the Historic New Orleans Collection

Location: ACC Main Stage

  • Father Amde Hamilton
  • Tiffany Guillory-Thomas

3:30-4:45pm: Translation in Life and Literature

Location: ACC Main Stage

  • Bill Lavender–Moderator
  • Kathy Rampsberger
  • Ariel Francisco
  • Christopher Louis Romaguera

5:00-6:15pm: UNO Press Showcase Featuring Sunni Patterson & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

Location: ACC Main Stage

  • Sunni Patterson
  • Raymond “Moose” Jackson
  • Chelsey K. Shannon–Emcee

8:30-til: You Better Be Good to Me: Open Mic and Poetry Tribute to Tina Turner

Location: Whiskey and Sticks

  • Kelly Harris-DeBerry–emcee
  • Kysha Brown
  • Valentine Pierce
  • Alison Pelegrin
  • Sha’Condria “icon” Sibley


Saturday, November 18

10:15am: Doors open
10:30am-11:45am: Records, Archives, and Other Rare Grooves: A Conversation with Melissa A. Weber and Bryan Wagner

Location: ACC Lobby

  • Melissa A. Weber
  • Bryan Wagner

12:15pm-1:45pm: Po’Boys & Poets

Location: ACC Lobby

  • Stacey Balkun–Emcee
  • Laura Mullen
  • Kelly Harris-DeBerry
  • Geoff Munsterman
  • Thomas Parrie

3:00-4:30pm: History, Empathy, and Comics: A Workshop for Teachers

Presented in partnership with the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies
Sponsored by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Humanities

Location: Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, Dining Room

  • Molly N. Mitchell
  • Steph Manuel

6:00-7:30pm: An Evening with Louisiana Poet Laureate Alison Pelegrin

Sponsored by Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Louisiana

Location: Community Book Center

  • Alison Pelegrin
  • Skye Jackson