Meet a Poet Laureate: Ava Leavell Haymon

Meet a Poet Laureate: Ava Leavell Haymon


My poetry is dead
serious and really funny, which is kind
of the way I see life. You want a topic that
contains a lot of personal growth or emotion.
And I couldn’t think of a better effect for
a poem than to make people want to know
themselves and be absolutely honest. My first publication
was a poem in The Southern Review.
Everyone who submits poetry submits to
The Southern Review. It’s pretty high
on the list. It will be read
carefully, and it will not be in there
if it’s not really good. My first book was a
full-length collection with LSU Press.
I have the honor now of having a
series with LSU Press, a poetry series. I began to see, one,
how much The Press supports its writers,
and that it’s almost unimaginable how
important that is to a writer, even
an established writer. My husband and I
thought this is valuable enough
that we will begin to give donations to The Press. I think poets try
to wow the world The most important
thing you can achieve as a poet is for people
to read your work, and then go on to write
something themselves. LSU Press is a star
in the university’s crown.

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