Here is the video I shot of Stacy Lynn Austin and Brendan Egan reading at The Porch. Information on both authors and the reading series is posted below the video.
The Porch Coffee House & Café and the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana will present April's edition of the First Friday Reading Series on Friday, April 1st, at 7 p.m. at the Porch Coffee House & Café with a fiction reading. While the previous readings have featured local poets, April's reading will showcase the work by two area fiction writers, Stacy Lynn Austin and Brendan Egan.
The First Friday Reading Series was initiated by Billy Edwards, owner of the Porch Coffee House & Café and is coordinated by Erica McCreedy, Special Projects Coordinator of the Arts Council and local poet. It began as a way to create another avenue for poets and writers to come together to share their work with the community while helping to sustain and develop the literary scene in Southwest Louisiana.
"In the last few months, Lake Charles has experienced a rise in readings and in attendance at readings," McCreedy stated. "This is an encouraging fact during a time when arts budgets are being targeted throughout Louisiana and in Washington, D.C. It's important for our community to understand that by going to these readings, it shows there is a demand for arts programming in Southwest Louisiana, which increases the Arts Council's abilities to attract the necessary funding for our community's events and arts organizations."
Stacy Lynn Austin was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and she earned her Bachelor's in English and Creative Writing from New York University. Austin is in her final semester as a Master of Fine Arts candidate in Creative Writing at McNeese State University, and writes a blog at www.lolaandzoe.blogspot.com.
Brendan Egan is a native of Connecticut and also earned his Bachelor's degree from New York University in Screenwriting and Playwriting. His writing for the stage has been performed at Downtown Manhattan theaters and at the University of Connecticut. His play, Nine Moons, was selected as a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference, and his fiction and poetry has appeared in The Diagram, The Georgetown Review, and Gargoyle. Egan is also in his final semester at McNeese for a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
The Porch Coffee House & Café is located at 4710 Common Street south of East McNeese Street. For more information on the First Friday Reading Series, contact the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787 or visit www.theporchcoffeehouse.com.