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Tom Dent Festival set for Nov. 1-3

29th October 2012   ·   0 Comments

The New Orleans Public Library recently announced the schedule of guests for this year’s Tom Dent Festival, a celebration of poet, essayist, oral historian, dramatist, cultural activist and noted figure in the Black Arts movement, Tom Dent.

This year’s three-day festival will feature prominent local writers, musicians, poets, artists and filmmakers. The event, a collaboration between the New Orleans Public Library, Southern University at New Orleans and Dillard University, will run Thursday, November 1, through Saturday, Nov. 3.

“We are honored to showcase some of our city’s most talented individuals at this year’s Tom Dent Festival,” said Charles Brown, executive director, New Orleans Public Library. “In the spirit of everything Mr. Dent brought to New Orleans and to the African-American community here, we look forward to celebrating our culture and the rich contributions individuals are making to help move us into the future.”

This year’s schedule is as follows:
• Thursday, Nov. 1, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Main Library: Music, Art and Poetry in Motion, featuring a poetry reading by author Kalamu ya Salaam, smooth sounds from musician Carl LeBlanc and an exhibit curated by Southern Univ­ersity at New Orleans’ Museum Studies graduate program entitled “Storied Expressions: The visual language of African art.”
• Friday, Nov. 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at Main Library: Meet and Greet with Shelia M. Goss, featuring a meet and greet discussion with Shelia M. Goss on her YA series for young women entitled “The Lipgloss Chronicles.” Note: this program is closed to the public.
• Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 – 9 p.m. at Dillard University: Tom Dent Forum, featuring readings from writers T. Geronimo Johnson, Valentine Pierce, Chancelier “Xero” Skidmore and Olympia Vernon.

For more information on the Tom Dent Festival and to view a complete schedule of events, visit or “Like” New Orleans Public Library on Facebook.

This article originally published in the October 29, 2012 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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