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Tom Piazza will be featured speaker at next month's 1718

January 16, 2009

Tom Piazza, visiting faculty member in the Department of English in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans, and author of “Why New Orleans Matters” and “City of Refuge,” will be the featured speaker at 1718, a student-run literary reading series, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Columns Hotel, 3811 St. Charles Avenue.

The three-year-old reading series is directed by students from Loyola University, Tulane University and the University of New Orleans, and is a one-of-a-kind collaboration between these students, according to Mark Yakich, Loyola’s faculty adviser for the program. The name 1718 was chosen in honor of the year New Orleans was founded.

Each 1718 reading event features one established poet or writer reading selections followed by several student writers. Past guests include Christine Wiltz, Poppy Z. Brite, Bev Marshall, John Biguenet and Andrei Codrescu.

Piazza’s “Why New Orleans Matters” won the 2006 Humanities Book of the Year Award from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. His most recent book, “City of Refuge,” is the 2008 reading selection for One Book, One New Orleans, a community-wide literacy project of the Young Leadership Council.

For more information, visit the 1718 website at http://seventeeneighteen.com/.

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