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Author, Folklorist Coming to Claflin for Lyceum Series Sept. 25

Sep 19, 2013

Author and folklorist Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy will bring Creole culture to life when she visits Claflin University as part of its Lyceum Series at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Ministers’ Hall.

Saloy, a professor of English at Dillard University in New Orleans, is author of Red Beans and Ricely Yours: Poems, which won the T.S. Eliot Prize in Poetry in 2005 and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Prize in 2006. Her second collection of verse, Second Line Home, New Orleans Poems, will be published next year by Truman State University Press. Saloy’s poems and scholarly articles have also been published in The Southern Poetry Anthology, Louisiana Folklore Miscellany, Children’s Folklore Review and others. Her completed screenplay, Rocking for a Risen Savior, is in production negotiations.

The narrative poems in Red Beans and Ricely Yours: Poems celebrate the day-to-day lives of black New Orleans and the rare magic in the culture. Saloy writes for those who don’t or can’t tell Creole cultural stories.

The Lyceum Series program is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dr. Peggy S. Ratliff at 803-535-5233 or email

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