American Conversations: Celebrating Poems in Rural Communities


Partnering Organizations

The Louisiana Center for the Book was established in the State Library of Louisiana in 1994 for the purpose of stimulating public interest in reading, books and libraries. It is affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The LCFTB works to accomplish its mission in three ways: by developing, sponsoring and coordinating statewide reading and writing enrichment programs for children; by identifying and nurturing the objectives of Louisiana’s writers, publishers and others involved in the creation and promotion of books; and by encouraging Louisianans to read by presenting or sponsoring public presentations by accomplished authors, thus enabling the public to interact with living authors.


The mission of the South Lafourche Public Library, created in 1935, is to provide the residents of Lafourche Parish access to books and other resources that will inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge and strengthen communities while embracing the rich heritage and vibrant future of the parish. 

Located on the banks of Bayou Lafourche in Thibodaux, the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center offers students a look at Louisiana life in the swamps and on the bayous.

Stay tuned for photos, audio recordings, interviews, poetry commentary, reflections and more after U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s visit to Louisiana.

Public Events

  • Friday, December 14, 6 p.m.
    Thibodaux, LA

    Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center
  • Saturday, December 15, 10 a.m.
    Cut Off, LA

    South Lafourche Public Library