Book Party: Kelcy Mae Performs & Cassie Pruyn reads from Lena @ Blood Jet Poetry Series, New Orleans [6 September]

Book Party: Kelcy Mae Performs & Cassie Pruyn reads from Lena

20:00 - 23:00

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Blood Jet Poetry Series
BJs in the Bywater @ 4301 Burgundy, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
Blood Jet returns with the celebration of the new book release from local author, Cassie Pruyn. To celebrate we will also have music from amazing local songwriter and musician, Kelcy Mae.

Come celebrate the opening of the Blood Jet 2017 fall season.

Open Mic to follow with sign up list limited to 8 spots, 5 minutes each reader.

Cassie Pruyn is a New Orleans-based writer, born and raised in Portland, Maine. Her poems have appeared in AGNI Online, The Los Angeles Review, The Common, Poet Lore, and others. She is the author of Bayou St. John: A Brief History (The History Press 2017), and of Lena, winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry (Texas Tech University Press 2017). She teaches at Bard Early College in New Orleans.

Kelcy Mae's southern poeticism, commanding vocal performances, and genre-traversing albums have landed her comparisons to a varied group of famous songstresses including Natalie Merchant, Regina Spektor, Bonnie Raitt, and Shelby Lynne. Whether digging into her Louisiana roots and tapping her boots to an original honky-tonk tune or emoting alongside wailing electric guitars in a consuming 90s-esque, alt-rock trance, Kelcy Mae undoubtedly sings from the heart, which--to the benefit of audiences--is often right on her sleeve.

The New Orleans-based songwriter has penned three full albums, Half-Light (2014), Pennies in Hand (2011), and The Times Compiled (2007). On December 1, 2015, Kelcy released a holiday single, «Christmas With You (Merry Me),» with an accompanying music video crowd-sourced from home photos and videos of LGBT couples and allies as a celebration of this year's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

She has earned a number of accolades among media in and around New Orleans, and in 2013, she was named a Pepsi «Southern Original» finalist in the first-ever national contest. In 2014, she was featured as an Emerging Artist at the SummerFest music festival in Milwaukee, WI.

Kelcy Mae was born on St. Patrick’s Day in Shreveport, LA. She currently lives and performs in New Orleans where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans.
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