NEWS and EVENTS

2022

June 16, Thursday, 6:00-7:30 PM

StoryBrew Cafe, 780 Front Street, Suite 104, Natchitoches, LA: "Literary June at StoryBrew Cafe."

2021

December 8, Wednesday, 7 PM

Beausoleil Books and The Whisper Room, 302 A Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA: "Pour It & Poet," featuring poets Kathleen Balma, David Havird, and Ashley Mace Havird. In Person: register free.

November 7, Sunday, All Day

Louisiana Book Festival: "The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets": David Havird with Gina Ferrara, Rodger Kamenetz, Julie Kane, Dorie LaRue, Cleopatra Mathis, Patrice Melnick, Mona Lisa Saloy, and Martha Serpas. Streaming. Watch on YouTube.

October 2, Saturday, 2 PM Central Time

The Poetry Buffet presents David Havird, Benjamin Morris, Tiana Nobile, and Karisma Price. Online event.

April 15, Thursday, 7 PM Central Time

Texas A&M University-Texarkana: "Wild Weather: The Southern Experience with Poets Ashley Mace Havird and David Havird, reading from their new books Wild Juice and Weathering: Poems and Recollections." Zoom: register free.

2020

October 10, Saturday, 3:15-4:00 Central Time

Southern Festival of Books: "In Conversation: Charlotte Pence and David Havird." Online. Read about how to stream the video live at the festival's Website. You can now view the session, as recorded live, here on YouTube and here on Facebook..

April 30, Thursday, 12 Noon

Online: "Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate [John Warner Smith] Presents Louisiana Poets," an online prerecorded video version of this annual celebration of National Poetry Month on YouTube.

February 13, Thursday, 11 AM-12 PM, 5:30-6:30 PM

Centenary College of Louisiana: David will discuss his new book, Weathering: Poems and Recollections, at 11 AM in the Centenary Room of Bynum Commons. He will read from his new book at 5:30 PM at the Meadows Museum. Both events are free and open to the public. Details here. For a live recording of David's reading go to Facebook.

2019

December

David is awarded the City of Shreveport Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. About David's submission, drawn from Weathering, his forthcoming collection of poetry and prose memoir, the literary juror David Ulin had this to say: "What I find inspiring about this work is not only the care and depth with which it has been assembled, but also a sense of the poet reaching out, testing (or even stepping beyond altogether) the boundaries of genre and of form. I am compelled . . . by the openness of the work here, the way it moves in unexpected directions and finds unexpected shapes and juxtapositions. It really is remarkable work." Pre-order Weathering: Poems and Recollections from Amazon.

April 4, Thursday, 3 PM

Waccamaw Neck Branch Library, 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC: "Litchfield Tea & Poetry" (poetry reading with Ashley Mace Havird), hosted by The Poetry Society of South Carolina. View the reading here. View an after-reading sit-down interview with scholar Daniel Cross Turner here.

February 15, Friday, 5 PM

Meadows Museum, Centenary College of Louisiana: "Love Poems to Planet Earth" (poetry reading), hosted by Caddo Parish Poet Laureate Ashley Mace Havird. View the reading here.

2018

November 12, Monday, 5 PM

Meadows Museum, Centenary College of Louisiana: "Out with the Old, In with the New" (poetry reading with Emily Leithauser). Wine and cheese reception at 5:00, reading 5:30-6:30, book-signing to follow.

2017

August 10-18 (Travel Dates)

Centenary in Paris: At right, David teaching "Goodbye to Serpents" by James Dickey to Centenary College of Louisiana students in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France, where the poem is set. Photo by Christopher Dickey.

July 3-7, 8:30-10:30 AM

Chautauqua Writers' Center, Chautauqua, NY, Summer Poetry Workshop, "The Wonder of Travel": Poetry, writes Czeslaw Milosz, "is an expression of wondering at things," and travel "is a powerful means of inducing wonder." With examples at hand, we'll see how poets travel, how poets "do" a foreign place. Meanwhile, as aspiring poets, we'll begin by recording as in a journal the sights, sounds, smells, taste, and touch of a traveled-to, wonder-inducing place—Chautauqua, say, or somewhere else revisited in memory. By week's end, with imagination and craft, we'll have shaped a block of sensuous prose into a poem, itself a thing of wonder. No experience or advance submission necessary. Poetry reading: Sunday, July 2, 3:30 PM. Lecture, "Life amid the Ruins: Greece through Poets' Eyes": Tuesday, July 4, 12:15 PM. (For a re-cap go to Centenary instructors deliver workshops at Chautauqua Writers' Center.)

2016

October 29, Saturday

Louisiana Book Festival, Baton Rouge, LA, State Library of Louisiana, Capitol View Room, 10-10:45, Discussion: Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry; book-signing, 11-11:45, Barnes and Noble Bookselling Tent. With poets Ashley Mace Havird, Sheryl St. Germain, and Jack Bedell.

October 13, Thursday

David reading "Goodbye to Serpents" by James Dickey in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris, France, with Christopher Dickey, who explains: "A day before David's birthday, he and I met at the Jardin des Plantes and went to the James Dickey bench in front of the Vivarium (the snake house). David had brought a copy of the poems, and read 'Goodbye to Serpents' impromptu in the rain."

2015

September 20, Wednesday, 5:30 PM

Northwestern State University, Cane River Room, Friedman Student Union: poetry reading and book-signing (with Ashley Mace Havird).

January 29, Thursday, 5:30 PM

Louisiana Tech University, George T. Madison Hall Auditorium: poetry reading and book-signing (with Ashley Mace Havird).

January 15, Thursday, 12 Noon

Red River Radio Spotlight: Poet of the Ordinary: Photographs by Keith Carter (21-minute audio interview: Bill Beckett speaks with poets David Havird and Ashley Mace Havird and photographer Stan Carpenter about the exhibit Poet of the Ordinary: Photographs by Keith Carter).