New Orleans Public Library
African American Resource Center

Tom Dent Literary Festival
November 4-6, 2004
Poetry Night, featuring Jarvis DeBerry
and the Winners of the Langston Hughes Poetry Contest

Thursday, November 4

The first evening of the Tom Dent Literary Festival highlighted African American poetry. Following light refreshments and the music of Ray Charles, Valencia Hawkins, head of the African American Resource Center introduced the evening's speaker, poet, writer and columnist Jarvis DeBerry.

Jarvis DeBerry read excerpts and provided critiques of numerous contemporary poets, giving the audience biographical information on select African American poets as well.

Writer Kalamu ya Salaam and attorney Lolis Elie, long time supporters of the Tom Dent Literary Festival and friends of the late writer, look on as DeBerry makes his presentation.

Following DeBerry's presentation, Dr. Jerry Ward of Dillard University and Anitra Brown, editor of The New Orleans Tribune newspaper, announced the winners of the Langston Hughes poetry contest.

Thirty seven entries were received this year for the annual Langston Hughes poetry contest. Winners of the contest pose with Valencia Hawkins, Head of the African American Resource Center, second from left, (l-r) Lenda Faye Matthews, honorable mention, John Cantey Knight, first place winner, Arletta Pittman, honorable mention, Mary Morgan, second place winner, and Ralshella Washington, honorable mention.

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