from Nathan C. Martin and Friends.

Jeez, the titles of these posts are getting increasingly genius, aren’t they? It’s a rough world in this local literary blogosphere, kid. Sometimes it kills the head (and the heart … and the liver? no, we don’t have no time for drinkin’).

You know who did have time for drinking? Lafcadio Hearn. His portrayal of New Orleans, at once romantic and grotesque, could not have come from a sober mind, though who knows exactly the ways in which it was intoxicated? That mind will be explored and extrapolated on Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. at the New Orleans Healing Center’s Cafe Istanbul, during a satellite event for the Tennessee Williams Festival organized by NOLA Fugees and The People Say Project. The lineup of performers is varied and lascivious, including people both reading and taking off their clothes (though not at the same time, I imagine). I’m not sure exactly how dark and dangerous one can be in a Healing Center, so it might be a bit of a letdown to those looking to invoke Hearn’s seedy essence, but the lineup of performers is decent, and The People Say Project has reliable programming.

Find out more information about the event here (note that steep cover) and read an interview by Susan Larson with Brian Boyles and Jarret Lofstead, the brains behind The People Say Project.

Performers for Literary Late Night: Lafcadio Hearn include burlesque star Trixie Minx and Chris Lane of Fleur de Tease, poet Chuck Perkins, musician Ratty Scurvis, playwright Andrew Vaught of the Cripple Creek Theater Company, the Hip-ocracy belly dancers, slam poet Kataalyst Alcindor, and writer CW Cannon.   The splendor on display includes new video work, a track by Evan Christopher and Tom McDermott, and photos by Leslie Addison and George Yerger.

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 [...]