Southeastern Louisiana University poet and editor Jack Bedell has been nominated as one of three candidates to serve as Louisiana’s next poet laureate.
A professor of English and author of seven collections of poetry, Bedell is also the editor of the Southeastern-based journal Louisiana Literature. This is the second time he has been nominated to serve as the state’s poet laureate. Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to make the final selection later this year.
A winner of the Governor’s Art Awards in 2007, he has also received the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ special Humanities Award and Southeastern’s President’s Award for Artistic Excellence. Among his works are “Come Rain, Come Shine,” “What Passes for Love,” “Greatest Hits” and “At the Bonehouse.”
Bedell is a Houma native and a Hammond resident. His work generally focuses on his native Louisiana and the Acadian culture.