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Sundays@4 is Baton Rouge Gallery’s most diverse program, offering more than a dozen performances/readings from top-notch local authors, musicians, dance troupes, poets and more. Always free, always open to the public and always starting at 4pm, these intimate engagements give you an up close look at what local writers and performers are working on. Here’s what’s coming up next at Sundays@4: 

 

november 23   //   '1985 - 2015: 30th Anniversary Celebration of the MFA in Creative Writing'

 

Baton Rouge Gallery's Sundays@4 series welcomes LSU's Readers & Writers Series for a special celebration of LSU's decorated MFA creative writing program. The event will include readings from four accomplished writers: Lara Glenum, Mari Kornhauser, Keija Parssinen and James Wilcox.

As always, Sundays@4 presentations are free and open to the public and begin at 4 p.m.

Lara Glenum is the author of five books of poetry: The Hounds of No, Maximum Gaga, Pop Corpse, All Hopped Up On Fleshy Dumdums, and the forthcoming JUNK SHOT. She is also the co-editor of Gurlesque, an anthology of contemporary women’s poetry and visual art. She is a professor in the MFA Program at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA.

New Orleans resident, pit-bull advocate and award winning independent filmmaker, Mari Kornhauser, has made three independent features, all having box office stars and released foreign and domestically. She has written numerous assignments for producers, directors, actors, and studios. Like everyone touched by Hurricane Katrina, her life was transformed, so she started her first non-fiction videography, FINDING HOME AGAIN. A ten-minute excerpt played in the “Shooting Katrina” program of the 2006 New Orleans Film Festival and her footage has been licensed for usage in other documentaries. She has produced a reality tv pilot with for A & E network and as well as writing for the Peabody award winning HBO’s TREME, created by Eric Overmyer and David Simon. One of her episodes, “Slip Away”, was a Pen finalist in the teleplay category. Currently, she is in development on a tv pilot and micro-budget feature. She continues to teach screenwriting in the Creative Writing Program in the English Department at Louisiana State University but is debating joining the Air Force so she can become a hurricane hunter.

Keija Parssinen is the author of two novels, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis and The Ruins of Us, which received a Michener-Copernicus award and was long-listed for the Chautauqua Prize. A graduate of Princeton University, she received an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. Her work has appeared in Better Than Fiction, the Lonely Planet's anthology of travel essays by fiction writers, Marie Claire, FiveChapters.com, and elsewhere. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, she now lives in Columbia, Missouri with her husband and son.

Born in Hammond, Louisiana, James Wilcox worked at Random House and Doubleday in New York after graduating from Yale, where he studied with Robert Penn Warren. Wilcox’s short stories have appeared in The New Yorker and Avenue. In 1986 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Wilcox’s nine novels include Modern Baptists, Heavenly Days, and Hunk City. His book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, and Elle. Wilcox was a judge for the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for fiction in 1991; for the 1994 Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award; and for the Eudora Welty Prize for Fiction in 2005. He received an ATLAS in 2007-08, and in 2011 was given the Louisiana Writer Award. Currently, he is on the creative writing faculty at LSU.

 

OTHER UPCOMING SUNDAYS@4 PRESENTATIONS:

 

December 14 - Readings from 'The Louisiana Field Guide: Understanding Life in the Pelican State'

 

 

 

Baton Rouge Gallery and its Sundays@4 program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. 

For more information on this series, contact Baton Rouge Gallery at 225.383.1470.