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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tough talk with 2tender4house, a new New Orleans independent poetry festival

Posted By on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house
  • Left to right: Laura Theobald, Prairie M. Faul, Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf, Jo Gehringer, El Pearson — organizers of 2tender4house

A new independent poetry festival will take place across town on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-26. 2tender4house (or just "fest," as its founders refer to it) is a collaboration between two poetry ventures, the online journal tenderness, yea and the publisher/journal 2fast4house. I spoke with some of the festival's organizers about the festival, its components, and its underlying aims, which are to showcase local queer, trans, and POC poets and to foster a more inclusive New Orleans poetry community.

Gambit: Hi! Can you introduce yourselves to the readers?

ZOË BLAIR-SCHLAGENHAUF: I'm an artist and designer in New Orleans and the cofounder of tenderness, yea.

PRAIRIE M. FAUL:
I'm a trans poet and Cajun native of Louisiana.

JO GEHRINGER:
I'm also a confounder of tenderness, yea, and still alive somehow.

EL PEARSON:
I cofounded 2Fast2House and just moved to New Orleans like two weeks ago.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Y@ Speak: driving out the snakes

Posted By on Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM

If someone didn't crawl through your bedroom window and ask to use the bathroom or pass out in front of your door wearing a green plastic hat, did St. Patrick's Day even really happen? After five million years of frat-level-wasted tourist amateur hour, we get to everyone's favorite time of year: caterpillar season. But first, let's look back at a week of some local internet stuff:

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Y@ Speak: #RexComus 2017

Posted By on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 6:55 PM


Only 305 days until Carnival 2018 begins. You will probably start making your costume in 343 days. We're now in that rare pre-festival season no man's land. Enjoy it while it lasts. Here are some #RexComus highlights (and a drinking game), plus a few other things people managed to write online after Tuesday.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Y@ Speak: peak Chad

Posted By on Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 6:22 PM

See that fading star in the night sky? Twinkling its last twinkle before sunrise? That's Chad. Every year it crashes down to earth, occupies too much public space and gets indignant when you enter it, passes out on your porch and listens to Journey before it ascends to the skies, only to return again the next year, and the next. So long, Chad. We fare thee well.

Happy Mardi Gras. Here's some stuff that happened online.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Y@ Speak: Krewe du Chad

Posted By on Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Krewe du Vieux and krewedelusion roll downtown and Krewe of Chad rolls out a welcome mat for itself in Mid-City. Meanwhile: Captain America takes a dump on David Duke and "military training exercises" start on time.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Nationwide "general strike" spreads to New Orleans Feb. 17

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 2:42 PM

An activist holds a sign at Jan. 29 rally against the president's immigration policies. - KAT STROMQUIST
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  • An activist holds a sign at Jan. 29 rally against the president's immigration policies.

The national Women's March organization, which spearheaded the inauguration-weekend protests attended by millions of Americans, sent ripples through the Twitterverse Monday with a tweet announcing an upcoming "women's strike." Though they've yet to confirm a date, other progressive activists are rallying around Strike4Democracy, a general strike scheduled for Feb. 17. A local event is being promoted by Our Revolution, the progressive group which organized a concurrent march to the Women's March in New Orleans.

Strike4Democracy event organizers call for a strike in support of "democracy, human rights, environmental concerns" and "ethics in public service," and to urge senators and congressional representatives to affirm their commitment to the Constitution. The subtext: opposition to what many see as the anti-democratic ideals and perceived ethical quagmire of President Donald Trump and his administration.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Y@ Speak: "undefeated"

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2017 at 6:15 PM

Incorrigible Saints fans briefly, reluctantly, put on MAGA hats for a lil' schadenfreude. Meanwhile, Drew Brees is making Campbell's Chunky Grilled Chicken & Sausage Gumbo™ great again.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Y@ Speak: banned

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM

From "sanctuary cities" to "extreme vetting," New Orleans responds to Week One in the Trump Era.

Also: a new surveillance plan and "3 a.m." rule, King Cake Baby leans into the whole "giant monster" thing, and Jazz Fest flips its "people complaining about Jazz Fest" switch.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

What you're saying about the 2017 Jazz Fest lineup

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 1:36 PM

Wilco performs at 2017's Jazz Fest. - ZORAN HIRES
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  • Wilco performs at 2017's Jazz Fest.

It's all about that Jazz Fest, 'bout that Jazz Fest, 'bout that Jazz Fest this morning.

And reaction to the 2017 lineup (which is a very Jazzfestian lineup indeed) is a Rorschach test of one's musical tastes. (This year's "What is he/she doing here?!?!?" slot seems to be filled by poor Meghan Trainor.)

Here's what people are saying on Twitter about the event that's described both as "the GOAT" and "a hot, hairy human car wash."

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Y@ Speak: sign of the times

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 7:20 PM

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How was your weekend?

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