from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.
Mark Yakich and Carolyn Hembree (photos by Akasha Rabut and Lynda Woolard, respectively)
Mark Yakich and Carolyn Hembree (photos by Akasha Rabut and Lynda Woolard, respectively)

The Black Widow Salon continues its docket of literary events next month with presentations by Mark Yakich from 7 – 9 p.m. on Oct. 1 and Carolyn Hembree from 2 – 4 p.m. on  Oct. 6. Both events will take place at Crescent City Books (230 Chartres St.) and the latter will also celebrate the store’s 20th anniversary with discounts and giveaways.

Mark Yakich is an acclaimed poet, fiction writer, essayist, Loyola professor, and the new editor of the New Orleans Review. His collection of poems Unrelated Individuals Forming a Group Waiting to Cross was selected for the 2004 Penguin National Poetry Series, and he has published several other works, including the novel A Meaning for Wife and the nonfiction book Checking In/Checking Out, which he wrote with Christopher Schaberg. Room 220 hosted Yakich for a reading last year for the launch of A Meaning For Wife. You can read an interview with him about that book by Taylor Murrow and an interview with him and Schaberg about Checking In/Checking Out by Nathan C. Martin at Room 220.

Carolyn Hembree is a beloved assistant professor at the University of New Orleans and the author of the recently released collection of poems Skinny, whose launch Room 220 hosted in September at Lipstick Lingerie and Boutique. Read an essay on Hembree and Skinny by Taylor Murrow at Room 220 and an interview with her about the book by Room 220 contributor Erik Vande Stouwe at NolaVie.

Crescent City Books is a French Quarter used bookstore in the classic sense, replete with tall stacks of obscure volumes, antique maps, dust, and a cat. Under the stewardship of author Michael Zell, the store’s manager, its collection has also been fleshed out by new titles by some of today’s best publishers, including Dalkey Archive, New Directions, and City Lights Books. Zell’s Black Widow Salon hosts emerging and accomplished authors from New Orleans and beyond.


Hand-in-Glove Conference Guide

Hand in Glove Conference Guide
Essay by Amy Mackie, edited by Bob Snead, designed by Erik Keisewetter

This beautiful book, designed and printed by Erik Kiesewetter of Constance for the Hand-in-Glove Conference, includes a guide to all of the conference happenings Oct 17-20, 2013, an informative map of the artist run spaces on and around St. Claude Ave, and an extensive essay by Amy Mackie about the history of self organized contemporary art [...]

Photo by Sophie Lvoff in WE'RE PREGNANT

We’re Pregnant
Words by Nathan Martin. Photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano.

We’re Pregnant is a chapbook of short fiction by Room 220 editor Nathan C. Martin along with photography by Akasha Rabut, Sophie T. Lvoff, and Grissel Giuliano. The book contains three of Martin’s short stories—which explore in morbid fashion anxieties related to sex, disease, marriage, and childbirth—with images inspired by the stories from each of the photographers.

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The People Is Singular
Poems by Andy Young and Photographs by Salwa Rashad

The People Is Singular, by local poet Andy Young and Egyptian photographer Salwa Rashad, is a personal response to the Egyptian Revolution. Rashad’s vision includes everyday people—Muslims and Christians, young and old, the foregrounded and the peripheral. Her perspective is from inside the events as they unfolded. Andy Young, a New Orleans poet married to [...]

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Curtain Optional
by Brad and Jim Richard

In both poetry and prose, Brad Richard explores the influence of his father’s work on his own, as well as the experience of growing up as the son of an artist while becoming an artist himself. Jim Richard is a professor of painting at the University of New Orleans and has exhibited at the Solomon [...]


How to Rebuild a City
Edited by Anne Gisleson & Tristan Thompson w/ design and artistic direction by Catherine Burke

Beautifully designed, sometimes fun, always informative, How to Rebuild a City: Field Guide from a work in Progress, is a reflection of the many ways that New Orleanians have realized our way towards recovery, actively and creatively engaging with our communities.


Bitter Ink
by Brian Zeigler & Raymond “Moose” Jackson

BBoth originally from Detroit, cousins Brian Zeigler and Raymond “Moose” Jackson began collaborating while Brian was harboring Moose in Vermont during Katrina evacuation. While their doodling proclivities may have made them rustbelt exiles from the rest of their autoworker family, together they produce seductive aphorisms of wit and weirdness that provoke, confound and celebrate a [...]