Louisiana’s Poet Laureate to hold reading, workshop at Nicholls

THIBODAUX, La. — Louisiana’s Poet Laureate, Peter Cooley, will speak and hold a workshop at Nicholls State University on Thursday, Oct. 13.

A native of Detroit, Cooley is a professor of English and the director of the creative writing program at Tulane University and has published nine different collections since 1975. He was named the Robert Frost Fellow of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference in 1981, received the Inspirational Professor Award in 2001, the Newcomb Professor of the Year Award in 2003 and was named Louisiana’s Poet Laureate last year.

Cooley will read from his most recent work “A Night Bus to the Afterlife” at 10 a.m. on the first floor of the Ellender Memorial Library and will hold a writing workshop at noon in 131 Peltier Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“Ellender Memorial Library was very happy to collaborate with the Department of Languages and Literature to bring our current Louisiana Poet Laureate to campus for a reading and workshop,” said Helen Thomas, Nicholls assistant archivist. “This will be an opportunity for our students interested in poetry and possibly a career in creative writing to receive feedback on their work from a poet with a long and distinguished career in the field. We are grateful to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities for making this visit possible.”

The program is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.


CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@nicholls.edu