Women’s History Poetry Reading slated

The 16th Annual Women’s History Poetry Reading will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at the Baton Rouge Gallery. The event is a part of the gallery’s “Sundays@4” series.

A wide range of Louisiana women will read original poems lasting three to four minutes about women, history or both.

“It’s a special year for us as one of our longtime readers, Ava Leavell Haymon, has been named Louisiana’s poet laureate,” said Coordinator Les Ann Kirkland, who is at the helm for her sixth year.

The annual reading was founded by Sue Owen, then poet-in-residence at LSU, and is held every year to commemorate Women’s History Month, a designation brought about largely by the efforts of The National Women’s Project, now in its 34th year.

Expected to participate in addition to Haymon are Beth Foos, Holley Galland Haymaker, Sarah W. Johnson, Sabrina King, Les Ann Kirkland, Angie Ledbetter, Clare L. Martin, Juanita H. McGregor, Robin McAndrew, Patrice Melnick, Amy Pickholtz and Cynthia Toups.