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French poets of Louisiana celebrated at Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature

Loyola press release - April 2, 2007

(New Orleans)—In a special session sponsored by the Biever Guest Lecture Series, Loyola University New Orleans and the Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature present an afternoon celebrating two poets of Louisiana, David Cheramie and Martha Serpas.

This event will be moderated by the Rev. Peter S. Rogers, S.J., associate professor of French at Loyola. This event is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2007, 3:30 to 5:15 p.m., in the Audubon Room on the second floor of the Danna Center. This event is open to Loyola students, faculty, and staff.

David Cheramie is the executive director of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). He is the author of the forthcoming Julie Choufleur ou les preuves d'amour and has published Lait à mère. He was just received into the Ordre des Francophones d'Amérique for his work towards the preservation of the French language and culture, the only American to have received the honor.

Martha Serpas is the author of two collections of poetry, The Dirty Side of the Storm and Poems, Côte Blanche. She has taught at Yale Divinity School, the University of Houston, and the University of Tampa, where she is an associate professor of English. In the Tampa community, she speaks frequently about the relationship between belief and literary works.

Before the poets begin their reading and discussion, the Rev. Ernest Ferlita, S.J., professor emeritus of Loyola's drama department, will explain and present two poems by the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.

The 2007 Regional Meeting of the Southeastern Conference on Christianity and Literature theme will be, “Literary Representations of the Politics of Religion: Christian Perspectives.” The keynote speaker will be Nathan Bracher of Texas A&M University.

The Conference on Christianity and Literature (CCL) is an interdisciplinary society dedicated to exploring the relationships between Christianity and literature. CCL is dedicated to both scholarly excellence and collegial exchange and includes hundreds of members from a variety of academic institutions and religious traditions from the United States, Canada, and more than a dozen other countries. CCL is organized into seven regional conferences and holds regular sessions examining a variety of authors and themes.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.