An Evening with Clint Smith: Local Organizations Team Up for a Night of Poetry & Charity

From a press release

The Crescent City Chapter of The Links, Inc., in conjunction with the New Orleans Public Library and One Book One New Orleans, is proud to present “An Evening with Clint Smith” on Thursday, September 28, at 6:30 pm at the Main Branch of the New Orleans Public Library (219 Loyola Avenue).

“The Links, Inc. is dedicated to the support of the arts, especially focusing on artists of color in a diversity of disciplines. Our programming includes arts integration within our chapters and partnerships with like minded organizations, sowing the seed of creativity deeper in our community,” says Natalie Barnes, Chair of the Arts Facet of The Links.

“The Crescent City Chapter is proud to present one of our own, Clint Smith, New Orleans native, accomplished writer, poet and essayist.” Smith’s first book of poetry, Counting Descent, has been described by author Elizabeth Acevedo as “a tightly-woven collection of poems whose pages act like an invitation to New Orleans, to the spades’ table, to mom’s kitchen, to the kiss on a woman’s wrist, to conversations with hydrants and cicadas.”

Most recently, Smith has received the Best Poetry Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Additionally, Counting Descent is One Book One New Orleans’ selection for 2017 and is the focus of the city-wide literacy campaign’s community events this fall. “We are so pleased to partner with The Crescent City Chapter of The Links, Inc. and One Book One New Orleans to host what is sure to be a memorable evening with such a talented and accomplished writer. This is the type of unique, informative, and entertaining programming that the Library strives to provide the community and we look forward to continuing the celebration of the 2017 One Book One New Orleans selection of Counting Descent,” says Charles Brown, Executive Director of the New Orleans Public Library.

Smith will read from his book, followed by an interview with Michael “Quess?” Moore. He will be available to sign books following the event. Local bookstore Blue Cypress Books will be on site selling copies of Counting Descent.  In addition to its focus on literature and literacy, the event will also raise awareness for a cause near to the author’s heart—organ donation. The Legacy Donor Foundation will be on site to share information about the importance of organ transplants and to give guests the opportunity to sign up as organ donors.

Complimentary food and beverages will be available. This event is free, family-friendly and open to the public.

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