BATON ROUGE, La. (press release) – In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Louisiana Center for the Book is pleased to announce the ninth annual “Just Listen to Yourself: The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets” program. Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell will host the event on Wednesday, April 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Seminar Center of the State Library, 701 N. 4th St., Baton Rouge.

Bedell has invited six poets from across the state to participate in readings of their work. Participating poets include Mona Lisa Saloy, Genaro Ky Ly Smith and John Warner Smith as well as previous Louisiana poet laureates Darrell Bourque, Ava Leavell Haymon and Julie Kane.

“Louisiana is a state rich in culture, and poetry is no exception,” said Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser. “State Librarian Rebecca Hamilton and Poet Laureate Jack Bedell do a phenomenal job bringing together some of the best talent Louisiana has to offer.”

“Each year I look forward to the opportunity to hear the amazing Louisiana poets from all corners of the state assembled by our poet laureate,” said Rebecca Hamilton, State Librarian. “It’s an inspiring event that makes one proud to be a Louisianan.”

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch.