The 7th annual 'Festival of Words' has kicked off in Grand Coteau, and there is a plethora of activities, including meeting authors, poets, and lyricists, and participating in workshops, word crawls, and drive by poetry. A true gumbo of culture! Check out the schedule of events, and a map of the festivities, which runs through Saturday, November 8, and make plans to attend!
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6
All Day, authors teach in the St. Landry and St. Martin Public Schools.

Event: Awards Ceremony + for grades 6 – 12
Master of Ceremonies: Chelsea Ellison
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: The South St. Landry Community Library, 235 Marie Street,
Sunset, LA 70584
Plus: Open Mic & Special Performance by  LaTasha Weatherspoon
6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7
All Day, authors teach in the St. Landry and St. Martin Public Schools.

NEW!
COMMUNITY POTLUCK DINNER – Authors Welcome Celebration!

Bring your favorite dish!
Time:
  5:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Location:   KPC Hall, 252 Church St., Grand Coteau, La. 70541
(everyone invited!)

Authors: Roddie Romero + Eric Adcock & Anderson Dovilas
Event: Poetry & Musical performance and +  Q & A
Time: 7:00 — 9:30 p.m.
Location: St. Charles Chapel, 252-A Church St., Grand Coteau, LA 70541
+welcome/intros by: Rosalyn Spencer, LaVonya Malveaux, Herman Fusilier, David Cheramie

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Presenters:  Bruce Coen, James Blanchard and friends
Event: “Drive-by” Poetry”
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: MLK Dr., Grand Coteau in cafes and gift shops, and on the streets

Event: Community Stage showcasing literary and spoken word groups of Acadiana
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: The Thensted Center, 268 Church St., Grand Coteau, LA 70541

Author:  Ava Leavell Haymon
Event:    Poetry Workshop
Time:    1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Location:  St. Charles Chapel, 252-A, Church St., Grand Coteau, LA 70541

Author:  Anderson Dovilas
Event:    Poetry Writing Workshop (French/English)
Time:    1:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Location:  St. Charles Chapel, 252-A, Church St., Grand Coteau, LA 70541

Author:  Luis Alberto Urrea
Event:    Fiction Writing Workshop
Time:    3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location:  St. Charles Chapel, 252-A, Church St., Grand Coteau, LA 70541

Authors:  Luis Alberto Urrea  +  Ava Leavell Haymon
Event:  Public Reading  +  Q & A
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location:  St. Charles Chapel, 252-A Church St.
Grand Coteau, LA 70541
FMI: festivalwords@gmail.com; 337-254-9695
+welcome/intros by: Mayor Virginia Henry, Clare L. Martin