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    Date: 2/9/98
      Contact:                           Christina Chapple  46

Editors: Photo (Darrell Bourque) accompanies release
     HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University's award-wining literary journal,
Louisiana Literature, will soon launch its first publication under the imprint of the "Louisiana
Literature Press." 
     The press's first offering will be a poetry chapbook series, designed by Joseph
Brown and edited by one of Louisiana Literature's editors, Southeastern poet and English
professor Jack Bedell. The poet chosen to inaugurate the series of poetry pamphlets is Darrell
     Bourque, a nationally-recognized poet who also is professor of English and Humanities at
the University of Southwestern Louisiana, will read from the chapbook series's inaugural issue,
The Door Between Us, at  3 p.m., Feb. 17, in the Southeastern Music Recital Hall. He will repeat
the reading at 7:30 p.m. the same day at the Hammond Regional Arts Center (formerly the
Hammond Cultural Foundation), 217 E. Thomas St., in Hammond.  The readings are part of the
Feb. 16-19 Southeastern Literary Festival. 
     Bourque's work focuses on the landscapes, habits, and experiences of south
Louisiana, particularly the experiences found in his own Acadian culture. Many of his poems
document cajun ritual and tradition. His first book, Plainsongs, is steeped in the culture of the
Marais Bouleur and the Atchafalaya basin.
     The cover for the first chapbook, which is printed by Premier Printing of Hammond, was
created by Southeastern Visual Arts Department faculty member Brian Kelly of Baton Rouge. 
The chapbook series is supported in part by funds from the Louisiana State Arts Council and the
Louisiana Division of the Arts, and by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the
Decentralized Arts Funding Program. This project is also supported in part through Clark Hall
Gallery and the Arts and Lectures Committee of Southeastern Louisiana University with funds
provided by student assessed fees.
     Louisiana Literature recently was ranked among four semifinalists in the Best Design
category of the 1997 CELJ Awards. The competition is sponsored by the Council of Editors of
Learned Journals, the nationwide organization of scholarly and literary journals. 
     In the highly competitive category, all four judges ranked LaLit among the top four
submissions, one judge remarking how "the covers of Louisiana Literature were all different and
all effective. I especially liked the cover for the "Garden and Nature Writing: issue (Spring
1997); I also liked the typefaces used and the wide margins."
     First and second place CELJ awards were presented at the 1997 conference of the
Modern Language Association, with first place in Best Design going to Gettysburg College's
Gettysburg Review and second place to the University of Hawaii's Manoa.
     The designer and production editor of Louisiana Literature is Joseph Brown, who
donates his professional design and editorial services to the journal. The cover art for the spring
1997 "Louisiana Garden and Nature Writing" issue, a silhouette of Louisiana iris, was drawn by
Lisa Hale, former director of the Hammond Cultural Foundation. The journal is sponsored
and edited by the Department of English. 
     Recent issues of the journal were printed by Corporate Express, formerly Carr Office
Environments of Hammond. The journal is supported in part by funds from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the Louisiana State Arts Council and the Louisiana Division of the
Arts, and by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge through the Decentralized Arts Funding
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