These narrative poems tell the day-to-day lives of Black New Orleans and the rare magic in the culture. Vibrant with local history and color, these poems have a Black sensibility that reaches beyond boundaries, with folk sayings turned into polished verse. From Black talk to verse forms, Mona Lisa Saloy never loses sight of the African-American cultural roots of her community. She makes music in verse.
About the Author
Mona Lisa Saloy won the 2006 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award in Poetry and the 2005 T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Dr. Saloy has a chapter in the collection of essays, "Living Blue in the Red States." She is associate professor of English and director of creative writing at Dillard University. She received her PhD in English and MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University and her MA in creative writing and English from San Francisco State University.