Mona LIsa Saloy

Mona Lisa Saloy, Ph.D, the new Louisiana Poet Laureate is an award-winning author & folkorist, educator, and scholar of Creole culture in articles, documentaries, and poems about Black New Orleans before and after Katrina. Currently, Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Professor of English at Dillard University, and Louisiana Folklife Commissioner, Dr. Saloy documents Creole culture in sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes, and clap-hand games to discuss the importance of play. She writes on the significance of the Black Beat poets--especially Bob Kaufman, on the African American Toasting Tradition, Black talk, and on keeping Creole alive today. Her first book, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Her collection of poems, Second Line Home, captures New Orleans speech, family dynamics, and celebrates New Orleans, the unique culture the world loves. Saloy's screenplay for the documentary Easter Rock premiered in Paris, the Ethnograph Film Festival & at the national Black museum. She's lectured on Black Creole Culture at Poets House-NYC; the Smithsonian; Purdue University: the University of Washington; and Woodland Patterns Book Center, most recently in U.C. Berkeley's Holloway Poetry Series. Her documentary, Bleu Orleans, is on Black Creole Culture. She is an editorial reviewer for Meridians: Feminism, race, transnationalism. Her recent publications of verse: I am New Orleans, anthology. University of New Orleans Press, 2021, in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Vol. 33, Anthology of Black American Literature (now one of the best journals of that year): Obsidian journal; Water!!! Magazine 2022, Tribe journal NYC, April 2022; and most recently in the national anthology Bluck Fire This Time!!! In April, Saloy will be featured in Persimmon, a journal about and featuring women. Her new book, Black Creole Chronicles: poems, will appear this spring 2023 from University of New Orleans Press. Mona Lisa Saloy writes for those who don't or can't tell Black Creole cultural stories. Tweet to @redbeansista

2023 Events
Writing About Illness, Recovery, Pain, and Survival
Aquarius Press Reading