New Orleans Poetry Festival and Small Press Fair, 2021



This year The New Orleans Poetry Festival will be a month-long event, featuring virtual and hybrid readings, roundtables, and workshops spread throughout the month of April.

The 2021 Festival is free and open to the public, thanks to the support of our generous sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation Academy of American Poets

The calendar is almost complete and can be viewed here. Shortly before events is scheduled to begin, Zoom links to each one will be posted. Events will also stream live on Facebook on the NOPF page.

Click here to view the calendar (some events still tentative.)






Thanks to everyone who has supported NOPF in the past and present. Unfortunately we had to cancel it this year due to the Coronavirus. Please read our formal announcement, here. In it's stead, we are attempting to mount a virtual festival, with videos from YOU:

2020: Year of the (Co)Video

Click here or in the menu to post your video performance in our Virtual NOPF2020.

NOPF 2020 [was to] take place April 16-19, 2020.

If you're new to NOPF and want to know how it works, we suggest you peruse last year's schedule. This year will be organized in similar fashion. View the complete 2019 schedule with detailed event descriptions, or view it as a simple list with titles and participants only

NOPF 2020 Schedule Overview (what it would have looked like): 

Thursday, April 16, 2020: 

  • Dogfish Reading Series NOPF Opening Event at Dogfish (2448 N Villere), 7PM

Friday, April 17, 2020:

Saturday, April 18, 2020:

  • Small Press Bookfair and Concurrent Events (Roundtables, Readings, Workshops) at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St Claude), 9AM-5PM (Hour by hour schedule TBA.)
  • Memorial Second Line from Healing Center to Carnaval, 6:30 PM 
  • Saturday Night Feature Event at Carnaval (2227 St. Claude), 7PM, with LA Poet Laureate John Warner Smith, Tracie Morris, Abiodun Oyewole, the Poets With Bands show, and more...

Sunday, April 19, 2020:

  • Small Press Bookfair and Concurrent Events (Roundtables, Readings, Workshops) at the New Orleans Healing Center (2372 St Claude), 9AM-5PM



Laura and IndigoNew Orleans Poetry Festival, 2019, was dedicated to one of our founding members, 2016 Coordinator, poet and NOPF supporter Laura Mattingly. Please help as we try to raise funds for her care and recovery from recently diagnosed breast cancer.

Laura, 36, mother of 8 yr old Indigo Louella, is a poet, grad student, barber, Reiki Master/Teacher, loud laugh cackler, kitchen wall muralist, and compassionate helper to many of us over the years. She has recently been diagnosed with Invasive Ductile Carcinoma (breast cancer) in her right breast and lymph nodes.

She is still in early phase of diagnosis, but test results do not show signs of the cancer spreading any further (!!!), therefore, she is scheduled for a 9 month treatment plan that begins in 2 weeks! Treatment will include: chemotherapy, surgery, radiation, & endocrine therapy. We are asking supporters to share this GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN within their networks! Two weeks from now is coming up fast, & 9 months is a LONG treatment plan! Lets make sure Laura and Indigo are set up during this time!

There will also be buckets for cash donations at all readings and events during the festival, so please give what you can.


Our main venue for NOPF20 is the same as 19, the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St Claude:

The Saturday night show will be in a new location TBA, with other events at nearby venues.

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