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spacer.gif   WORDS IN MOTION

Festival of Words Open Mic


June 29, 2022

at 7 P.M.

Java Square
103 W. Landry St. Opelousas, Louisiana 70570

Writings by

Christa Cunningham

Plus Open Mic

Kristi Guillory Reid

Guests are welcome to bring their own poems, songs or stories for the open mic. Refreshments will be available. This free, community event is suitable for all ages and is sponsored by the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective in partnership with Java Square.

Java Square will be selling Great coffee, tea and bakery goods!

FMI: Martha Garner, or 337-804-2482

Christa Cunningham grew up in Natchitoches, LA (also home to meat pies and a gazillion Christmas lights). She attended Northwestern State University, graduating in 2010 with a degree in English education. After teaching English at Natchitoches Central High School for two years, her family moved to Lafayette in the summer of 2012. She was hired at Opelousas's Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts to teach Creative Writing and high school English. In the ten years she's been at MACA, she's taught many talented students and doubled the enrollment in her Creative Writing program. Every year she guides the Creative Writing students in writing, organizing, and performing MACA's poetry slam. Her students have also participated in the Festival of Words student writing contest for several years. Christa lives in Carencro with her husband and two daughters. She loves reading, binge watching TV shows, starting (and sometimes finishing) craft projects, doing puzzles, and spending time with her family.

Kristi Guillory Reid, a native of Opelousas, LA, is an attorney, public policy and health care expert, and author. Of all of these titles, she is thrilled to add "author" to her resume. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA. When she noticed a lack of children's books that featured African American families and strong African American female main characters, she used her love of writing and her experiences raising a toddler, to write her first book, Harper Counts Her Blessings. This book shows how the events of a child's ordinary day can turn out to be extraordinary when they truly reflect upon the blessings in their life. It is a story that highlights themes of reflection, gratitude, and appreciation that both parents and children will enjoy. Since the publication of her book, Kristi has conducted book readings and speaking engagements, both virtually and in person, across the country, and has advocated for increased diversity in children's literature. For her second publication, Dear Daughter: A Celebration of Love, Kristi has collaborated with other authors to pen a new children's book to inspire young girls