Meadows Museum of Art presents poetry reading February 15

SHREVEPORT, LA — Caddo Parish Poet Laureate Ashley Mace Havird will host “Love Poems to Planet Earth,” an open mike poetry reading, at Centenary College’s Meadows Museum of Art on Friday, February 15, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and all local poets are invited to attend and participate.

“Part of the Meadows Museum of Art’s focus is to provide programming that goes beyond visual art,” explains Sean FitzGibbons, director of the Meadows Museum. “Hosting poetry readings within a visual art space creates beautiful moments. Since this event falls close to Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for authors to express their love of our planet.”

The artistic backdrop for “Love Poems” will be Rhode Island artist Joan Hall’s current Meadows exhibit, Global Contamination: A Gulf Project. The exhibit, which opened January 17 and runs through March 29, documents pollution on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.

“Joan Hall’s artwork stands as mixed-media, sculptural installation love poems to the oceans,” says FitzGibbons. “Her artistic practice is dedicated to bringing awareness of the dangers that pollution is causing our marine ecosystem.”

Poets currently confirmed to read at the event are Ashley Mace Havird, Emily Leithauser, Dorie LaRue, and David Havird.

About the Meadows Museum of Art

The Meadows Museum of Art is located on the campus of Centenary College of Louisiana at 2911 Centenary Boulevard in Shreveport, Louisiana. The Museum is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Sundays and during all school holidays. For more information or to schedule field trips, call the Museum at 318.869.5040 or visit


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