Spoken Word event in DeRidder this Saturday

Champion fiddlers Ron Yule and Emily Young at a recent book event
Champion fiddlers Ron Yule and Emily Young at a recent book event

Please join us as we celebrate the art of language during RAD’s first
spoken word event. “Coming Home @ RAD” will feature the authors Curt
Iles, Rachel Reischling, Tommie Townsley, Anita Machek, Gordon Rottman
and Chris Pascale …musical lagniappe will be provided by the
powerful fiddling of Ron Yule. Saturday, January 9, noon-3pm.

Well-known children’s author, Tommie Townsley will speak first, at
noon.  Children accompanied by parents are welcome to join us at the
beginning of the program.

My hero and uncle, Bill Iles, with one of his RealArt Gallery paintings
My hero and uncle, Bill Iles, with one of his RealArt Gallery paintings

“Coming Home @ RAD”
Saturday, January 9, 2010, noon-3pm
(RAD) RealArt DeRidder Arts Cooperative
108 West First Street
DeRidder, Louisiana

Curt Iles
Curt Iles writes from his hometown of Dry Creek.   An eighth
generation resident of Beauregard Parish, he tells stories of the
piney woods and the people who make it a special place to live.  The
author of seven books including his latest novel, A Good Place, Curt
can be reached at http://www.creekbank.net

Anita Machek
Anita Machek writes mainstream and historical fiction as well as
creative non-fiction.   Her non-fiction articles and flash fiction has
appeared in several local publications, including the Beauregard Daily
News, The Rosepine Register, the Hometown Shopper, and the Jasper
Peddler. Some of her published short stories include, Red Sneakers and
Pink Flamingos, Ella’s Baskets, and Best Wishes. Pelican Publishing
included her submission to the Louisiana in Words project, an
anthology of short pieces relating one minute in Louisiana.  Her
creative non-fiction Come for Tea appears in Chicken Soup for the Tea
Lovers Soul.  A short story  Planting Memories is included in The
Ultimate Gardener a collection of gardening stories and photos.

Tommie Townsley
Tommie Townsley, is well known for her “Cajun Tales” that continue to
inspire and bring children joy. Mrs. Townsley was born and reared in
Sulphur, Louisiana, where she currently resides.  Presently, she has
published four children’s books, Adolpheaux The Adventurous Dolphin,
Clyde The Cajun Calf, Amos The Artistic Alligator, and Dixie The Ole
Dawg. Mrs. Townsley received The Children’s Museum of Lake Charles
Imagination Award 2008. You may visit her website at
www.kidscajuntales.com.   Mrs. Townsley believes that every child has
the potential to do great things. She always says, “ My goal is to
inspire children to read by making it FUN TO READ!”

Rachel Reischling
Rachel Reischling, of Anacoco, studied English literature and poetry
at Centenary College of Louisiana before pursuing a Master of Fine
Arts in poetry at the Ohio State University. She has recently
graduated and returned to her homeland, where she now works at the
Beauregard Daily News. In her spare time, she longs to be an opera
singer and to live in England during the summer months.

Gordon Rottman
Gordon Rottman published his first military history book in 1984 and
has since written almost 100 books.  In 2002 he began writing
full-time and is now working on a series of young adult adventure
novels.  Gordon and his family now live in Cypress, Texas, but they
lived in DeRidder for 11 years where he was instrumental in starting
the DeRidder Inkblots Writer’s Guild.

Chris Pascale
Chris Pascale was born in Flushing, New York, raised on Long Island
and is a former Marine.  In 1999, he received an award in poetry from
Alephi University, and is also the owner of his own business.  He
currently lives at Fort Polk, Louisiana with his growing family.

Ron Yule
Ron Yule is a well-known fiddler and prolific writer of books about
the history of the fiddle in Louisiana.  His books and more
information about his music can be found online at:  www.ronyule.com

more information is available from:
David Labby
(337) 202-1089

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