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Saturday, March 7, 2015
The city of Hammond's largest literary event, “Celebrating the Written Word” will return for its second year on Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in various downtown Hammond locations. Presented by the Hammond Regional Arts Center, this literary conference will feature over 20 well-known local authors who will discuss their genre of expertise, ranging from play writing, to true crime to food writing.

The highlight of the event will be an appearance by Louisiana Poet Laureate Ava Haymon, and will also include appearances from other acclaimed writers. Registration costs $35 per attendee and provides access to a full day of workshops, panel discussions and master classes hosted by the guest authors.

Join us at "Celebrating the Written Word" with a special reading of works by Ava Leavell Haymon. Haymon is the poet laureate of Louisiana, and holds the Louisiana Literature prize for poetry in 2003, the L.E. Phillabaum Poetry Award for 2010, and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters 2011 Award in Poetry.

Her work "Why the House Is Made of Gingerbread" was chosen by Women's Voices for Change as one of the 10 best poetry books of 2010. She teaches poetry writing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during the academic year and directs a writers retreat in New Mexico in the summer. Don't miss out on Saturday, March 7.

Photos from CWW 2014

The sound of shakers crafting cocktails will ring from the streets of downtown Hammond during the first "Famous Author's Cocktail Trail" as part of the Celebrating the Written Word literary festival.

From March 5-7 participating bars will present hand-crafted cocktails made famous by a notable figure in literary history.

Participating bars, along with their cocktail choice include:

Tope La Restaurant, William Faulkner, Mint Julep

Brady’s Restaurant, Truman Capote, Screwdriver

Red, White & Brew, Edna Vincent Millay “Between the Sheets”

Crescent Bar, Tennessee Williams, the Ramos Sazerac

Your Mom’s Bar & Grill, Ernest Hemingway, Mojito

The public event is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 beginning at the Red White & Brew in downtown Hammond. Attendees are encouraged to come out dressed as their favorite author or literary character.
Special Thank You to Our 2015 Sponsors
Ernest Hemingway Level: 
Tangi Tourism; Global Wildlife
F. Scott Fitzgerald Level
Marjorie Morrison; Caroline & Don Bankston
John Steinbeck Level
Tangi Kayaks; Katie Wainwright; Middendorf's; S.C. LeBlanc, DDS; Beryl E. Trawick; Louis & Shirley Wiginton; Dr. Sam & Dr. Katherine McClugage; Marshal Pat Farris
Edna St. Vincent Millay Level
Round Table Club, Charlie Ciolino, Gus O'krepki, Malcolm Blackwell, Ed Burns, Seale & Ross; Chris & Pam Bankston; Lee Sbisa Collins; Maria McLellan; Pat Macaluso; Rosa Dunn; Spangler Engineering; Anderson & Boutwell, LTD; Dr. Patsy M. Causey; Last Friday Book Club c/o Colleen Williams; Tim & Elsbet Hollywood; Anthon Chiropractic Care; Gainey's Concrete Products, Inc.; Olaf & Diane Ross; Joe Mier; Colleen Scarle; Cashe Coudrain & Sandage; Nick and Dana Gagliano
In Kind Donations
Bonnie Thibodaux; Hammond Chamber of Commerce; Summer Veatch; Lee Sbisa Collins/Hughes House; Lamar Advertising; Kayla Morgan; George Ibert Jewelry; William Wainwright; Tangi Tourism
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