Louisiana NOW Podcast: Meet Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, Louisiana’s New Poet Laureate

September 28, 2021

In this episode of Louisiana NOW, we visit with Dr. Mona Lisa Saloy, Louisiana’s New Poet Laureate and a Conrad N. Hilton endowed professor of English at Dillard University in New Orleans. Saloy is an author & folklorist, educator,  and scholar.  She is an award-winning author of contemporary Creole culture in poems about Black New Orleans before and after Katrina, as a Folklorist, Saloy documents sidewalk songs, jump-rope rhymes, and clap-hand games to discuss the importance of play.  As a poet, her first book, Red Beans & Ricely Yours, won the T.S. Eliot Prize and the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and tied for a third. To learn more about her, visit her website: and you can also see her About page that Todd talked about in the show. To learn more about the Poet Laureate office in Louisiana, head to their web site:

Todd also referenced a podcast from Dillard University hosted by Eddie Francis. It’s called Conversations on the Oaks  You can listen to Eddie’s conversation with Dr. Saloy here and to listen to the episode on public health that Todd referenced, click here

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