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Allumer Natchez presents “Cause & Effect” illuminated original poetry by Catherine Pierce



Allumer Natchez

Allumer Natchez Co-Founders Stacy Conde and Lindsay Glatz are delighted to announce the project “Cause & Effect” by Catherine Pierce, Mississippi’s Poet Laureate. Pierce has written a beautifully introspective work based on the curatorial theme of Allumer Natchez this year, “Rebirth” – inspired by the dramatic renewal currently underway in Natchez. Each of the seven lines of “Cause & Effect” will be projected across the grounds at Dunleith.

“I’m so thrilled to be part of Allumer Natchez, and to have the chance to work with poetry through the lens of projection. Art rewards us when we take our time—something much of our day-to-day life doesn’t allow us to do. The piece I’ve written for this exhibition is intended to be read slowly, bit by bit, in any order. My hope is that visitors will have the experience of discovering and carrying words with them as they explore the magic of the festival”, Pierce shared.

Allumer Natchez, Mississippi’s first annual light based art exhibition and festival, lights up the grounds of Dunleith Historic Inn Nov. 19-21, from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly. The event is free and open to the public.

 Allumer Natchez provides a path, through art, for the community to come together, outdoors, post pandemic, while helping establish Natchez as a center of innovation in the state of Mississippi and the Southeast.

“Lindsay and I knew we wanted to incorporate the written word into a projected installation, we also felt strongly about working with a Mississippi based author as the state has such a profound literary tradition”, explained Conde, “I reached out to the Mississippi Arts Commission and they connected us with Catherine Pierce, “We are beyond delighted with her acceptance to participate in the exhibition and with the sublime nature of what she’s produced.”

Catherine Pierce is the author of four books of poems: Danger Days (2020);The Tornado Is the World (2016), The Girls of Peculiar (2012), and Famous Last Words (2008), all from Saturnalia Books. Each of her most recent three books won the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry, the New York Times, American Poetry Review, The Nation, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, and elsewhere, and has received two Pushcart Prizes. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment or the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Council, Pierce lives in Starkville, MS, where she co-directs the creative writing program at Mississippi State University.


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