Fletcher Lecture Series


This year’s Fletcher Lecture consists of two exciting events:

  • Thursday, November 5, at 10:30 AM in LeBijou Theater, a question-and-answer session for students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 PM in the Mardi Gras Room, Student Union, Fletcher Lecture.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Ava Leavell Haymon
Photo by Anna Karin-Skillen

Ava Leavell Haymon is the Poet Laureate of the State of Louisiana. Her most recent poetry collection is Eldest Daughter is published by Louisiana State University Press. She has written three previous collections, Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread; Kitchen Heat; and The Strict Economy of Fire, all also from LSU Press, and edits the Barataria Poetry Series. Her poems have appeared in journals nationwide. Prizes include the Louisiana Literature Prize for poetry in 2003, the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award for 2010, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2011 Award in Poetry. Why The House Is Made Of Gingerbread was chosen as one of the top ten poetry books of 2010 by Women’s Voices for Change. A committed teacher of poetry writing, she worked as Artist in the Schools for a number of years, teaches poetry writing during the school year in Louisiana and, during the summer, directs a retreat center for writers and artists.

Some of her poetry may be read online via the Poetry Foundation website.

Video of Ava Leavell Haymon Reading at Baton Rouge Gallery (Excerpt).

The 2015 Fletcher Lecture is sponsored by the Fletcher Lecture Committee, the Department of Languages & Literature, and the Nicholls State Student Programing Association.

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