Native New Orleanian Tom Dent (1932-1998) was a founder of the Free Southern Theatre, and a member of Umbra Writers Workshop, which he helped found in New York and which was greatly influential in the Black Arts Movement. He wrote poetry collected in Blue Lights and River Songs and Magnolia Street, the play Ritual Murder, and others. His last work, Southern Journey: A Return to the Civil Rights Movement, chronicled his travels to sites in civil rights history. After his death in 1998, he left behind a vast amount of unpublished work. Kalamu ya Salaam, editor of the newly published New Orleans Griot: The Tom Dent Reader, discusses his friend’s legacy with poet/professor Jerry Ward, who contributed an afterword to the volume, along with Abram Himelstein, who published the work with University of New Orleans Press.

  FRI 3/23 11:30 AM

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  Tickets for a single Literary Discussions can be purchased for $10 in the box office (Orleans Room on the mezzanine level of the Hotel Monteleone) on site during the Festival.

Best value is a LITERARY DISCUSSION PASS, which covers all literary discussions Friday-Sunday.

  Hotel Monteleone Queen Anne Ballroom