Published on Oct 1, 2013
On September 14th, 2013, during the Third Annual Elemore Morgan, Jr. Fall Fest Art Walk, LE MOT / THE WORD was presented at the Acadiana Center for the Arts in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. LE MOT / THE WORD was a multi-lingual poetry event featuring performances by Darrell Bourque, Brenda Cary, David Cheramie, J. Bruce Fuller, Michael J. LeBlanc, Clare L. Martin, Patrice Melnick, and Gerd Wuestemann and MC’d by Jonathan Penton. It celebrated the Acadiana Center for the Arts, The Festival of Words, Embrasser Journal, and the Steampunk and Makers’ Faire, and had the organizational assistance of Elizabeth Burk, Gwendolyn Richard, Rosalyn Spencer, and Emily Thibodeaux.
As of midnight, Eating the Heart First is one year old. What a year this has been. So many new, thrilling experiences and great and grand life changes. I have met many new friends at readings and events, and have deepened existing friendships with those around me who have celebrated this achievement I dreamed of for years, perhaps since childhood, of being the author of a book. I worked hard for this and the reward has been the pleasure of knowing that my words affect people, that I have moved people with this demanding and mysterious craft of poetry. I have many people to thank for the love and support shown to me, so many that I cannot list them all without running off of the computer screen. I am saying your names out loud as I type and each name has a piece of my heart.