For some reason, I've been unable to come to terms with the fact that Pauline Edmond and Jay Udall will be at Casa Azul Gifts in Grand Coteau this Thursday (July 26), 7 p.m., and not either of the previous Thursdays as stated in earlier posts.
Getting ahead of myself, perhaps, but let's try it again with this correction and with apologies to any and all who may have been inconvenienced.
Come Thursday, you can get grounded with some real-life and local storytelling on what it was like growing up in Grand Coteau when Edmond gives some insight on just that. In addition, poet Udall is set to do a poetry reading and, of course, there's an open mic for anyone to read some of their own work and it all gets underway at 7 p.m. at Casa Azul Gifts, Thursday.
Casa Azul is the blue building at the only stoplight in Grand Coteau on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Edmond has spent her whole life in Grand Coteau. She graduated from St. Peter Claver High School, and studied elementary education at the UL Lafayette. She taught school for 30 years, most of those years at Grand Coteau Elementary. After retiring, she began baking cakes and selling them out of her home. Then a decade ago, she opened P&D Cakes in town. Edmond's presentation will be filmed by documentary filmmaker Chere Breaux.
Udall is the author of five books of poetry. His latest volume, The Welcome Table (University of New Mexico Press), won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award. Udall was a Poetry Fellow of the Nevada Arts Council from 2010-11. He teaches English and creative writing at Nicholls State University.
The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective, in partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Center for Louisiana Studies and the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society.
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