On Friday, August 3rd, the First Friday Reading Series presents a poetry reading by Patrice Melnick at 7 p.m. at the Porch Coffee House. The Porch partnered with the Arts & Humanities Council to present this reading series which features poets and writers on the first Friday of each month, and the public is invited to attend. The Porch will also host an Open Mic session following the Reading.
Writer, arts administrator, educator, and business owner Patrice Melnick is a veritable jack of all trades in the Louisiana writing community. Melnick taught English and Creative writing at Xavier University in New Orleans for 13 years, until relocating to Grand Coteau after Hurricane Katrina. Melnick‘s essays and poems have appeared in Grain, The Xavier Review, and Prism International among other literary journals. Melnick also established the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective in 2010, a nonprofit organization which promotes the literary arts in her area. Patrice Melnick holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
The Porch is located at 4710 Common Street in Lake Charles, and live music follows each reading. For more information about the reading series, contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787 or visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org.