LETTERS READ

LETTERS READ

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Now in its fourth consecutive season, LETTERS READ is the series of usually live events in which local artists interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and Louisiana communities and is an ongoing series presented by stationer Nancy Sharon Collins and Antenna. Due to COVID-19, all 2020 events are podcast.


READ: The Letters of Skip Ward
Aug 20 • 48 min
Thursday, August 20, 2020: Blanchard, “Skip” Ward was a gay activist in rural Louisiana during the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and into the beginning of the 21st century. His home was in Pineville. Skip became increasingly involved in LGBTQIA activism in the…
READ: The Letters of Stewart Butler
Apr 26 • 31 min
The 14th Letters Read event and first produced entirely as a podcast. The usual, live reading was scheduled for March 26, 2020 at Frenchman Art & Books on Frenchmen Street in New Orleans. It was preempted by the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Listen…
READ INCUBATOR I: A Preliminary Reading of Personal Letters to Stewart Butler
Jan 10 • 17 min
As an experiment with potential material for LETTERS READ, this was the first in a series of live recordings for the 2020 programming season. A work in progress, this set of letters developed into the April, 2020 podcast of Stewart Butler letters. The…
READ: A Narrative of Baroness de Pontalba
Oct 15, 2019 • 59 min
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 The Cabildo Louisiana State Museum The Louisiana Museum Foundation, Louisiana State Museum, Letters Read, Antenna, and stationer Nancy Sharon Collins bring an intimate, performative evening celebrating our love for history…
READ: Codex II
Aug 17, 2019 • 4 min
Saturday, July 20, 2019 6:00 to 7:30 pm Crescent City Books 124 Baronne Street, New Orleans, across from the Roosevelt Hotel. Thanks to Susan Larson and George Ingmire for this recording and including it on their show, Thinking Outside the Book on New…
READ: The Nature of Property Ownership, and the Origins of Felicity Redevelopment
May 5, 2019 • 39 min
Sunday November 25, 2018
 3:30 to 5:00pm 
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church 
1139 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 
New Orleans, LA. Twenty years ago, a Northshore, LA developer worked with New Orleans Mayor Morial, two City Council members and two Central…
READ: The Desegregation of New Orleans Public Libraries
Feb 19, 2019 • 36 min
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 6:00 to 7:30 pm Nora Navra Library, 1902 St. Bernard Avenue Free and open to the public. Mack Guillory III, Emcee. Julie Dietz, Reader. The historic fight for civil rights in New Orleans is more complicated than most movements…
READ: Janet Mary Riley
Jun 29, 2018 • 44 min
Though Janet Mary Riley did not define herself as a second wave feminist, by today’s standards, she was a quiet but fierce civil rights advocate and tireless women’s rights activist. Throughout her life, she fought for equal pay in the workplace. This…
READ: Veterans Day
Jun 22, 2018 • 47 min
Through live readings of letters written during War I and World War II, LETTERS READ: Veterans Day presented little moments where lives of military service members and civilians intersected. The November 11, 2017 reading focused on love letters from The…
Dorian Bennett Talks About His Friend Tennessee Williams
Jun 2, 2018 • 1 min
As part of researching the life of Tennessee Williams and his later life living part-time in New Orleans French Quarter, Letters Read producer Nancy Sharon Collins interviewed Dorian Bennett. Williams befriended Bennett in the 1980s, this is an edited…
READ: The Luck of Friendship
Mar 30, 2018 • 59 min
Welcome to LETTERS READ, sixth in the series of live events in which local artists interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and New Orleans communities presented by stationer Nancy Sharon Collins and Antenna.…
READ: Text Dating Part II
Mar 30, 2018 • 25 min
Welcome to PART II of LETTERS READ: Text Dating. This is sixth in the ongoing series of live events in which local artists interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and New Orleans communities presented by me,…
READ: Text Dating Part I
Mar 30, 2018 • 49 min
Welcome to PART I in the fifth installment of LETTERS READ. The ongoing series of live events in which local artists interpret personal letters written by culturally vital individuals from various times and New Orleans communities presented by me, Nancy…
Peter Rogers meets Tennessee Williams & Vivien Leigh
Feb 23, 2018 • 3 min
When Peter Rogers was a young man, he moved from Hattiesburg, MS, to Manhattan. He was so poor he took in a roommate to help share the rent. Introduced by fellow Hattiesburg-ites back home, Peter’s roommate was non other than Jim Adams, Tennessee…