A Night with Cajun French Poet, Beverly Matherne

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

The Ascension Parish Library is pleased to present a special performance by Cajun French poet, Beverly Matherne on Thursday, July 10 at 6 p.m. at the Gonzales branch.   This unique and engaging performance will consist of blues poetry in Cajun French and English from her book and CD Le Blues Braillant / The Blues Crying with accompaniment by professional drummer and percussionist Michael Tramonte and a dramatic reading of folktales from her most recent book, Cadillac: Sa Jeunesse en France / Cadillac: His Early Days in France.

            Beverly Matherne, born to family lines from Nova Scotia and Alsace, grew up in Grand Point in St. James Parish, with rich storytelling and musical traditions in the area.  She is currently a tenured professor in the Department of English and adjunct professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Northern Michigan University.  A lover of literatures and languages, Ms. Matherne received M.A. and B.A. degrees in English from University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Ph. D. in Drama from St. Louis University.

            Widely published, Ms. Matherne’s poems and stories appear in numerous anthologies; among them, The Way North, Wayne State University Press; Louisiana in Words, Pelican Press; Resurrecting Grace, Beacon Press; Uncommonplace, Louisiana State University Press; and Two Worlds Walking, New Rivers Press.  Her bilingual work has received national and international attention.  She has won the Hackney Literary Award for Poetry at the Writing Today Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, three first-place prizes at Deep South Writer’s Conference at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and the Best of Submission award in Sojourn: A Journal for the Arts, from University of Texas at Dallas.  Her upcoming book, Bayou des Acadiens / Blind River, short stories and prose poems, is scheduled to be released in November 2014 from Éditions Acadie Tropicale Collection at the Canadian publishing house, Éditions Perce-Neige.

            A book signing and reception will follow this electrifying performance.  For more information or to register, please call 647-3955.