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Commission a work by a favorite author during this year's Festival of Words fundraiser

Posted at 8:34 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 21:34:09-04

The Festival of Words has developed an alternative fundraiser to Word Crawl for this year.

During the difficult time, festival organizers say, creative expression is more important than ever. That's why this year's fundraiser is a commissioned poems, stories, and songs. Under the project, Festival of Words supporters have the opportunity to commission a work by a favorite author. 45 authors are participating in writing custom works - including 5 Poet Laureates.

Here's how it works:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose an author to create an original work for you
  3. Make a donation online
  4. Fill out a brief questionnaire about yourself to help the author get started
  5. The writer will receive the request and create a new work based on prompts

Note: Each author writes only one piece and is not available to be commissioned again

The fundraiser will run until August 27. A virtual performance of the new works will take place on September 10.

Volunteer authors available are: Liz Burk, Josh Capps, Gavin Chesteen, Gina Ferrera, Charles Claudel I Garrett, Martha Garner, Michelle Kreamer, Katheryn Krotzer Laborde, Clare L Martin, Hailey Menard, Mc'Kaila Miller, Micaela Mone', Denise Rogers, Donney Rose, Bessie Senette, Ken Waldman.

There is a $50 minimum donation for one original work and a $100 minimum for a poem by a current or former Poet Laureaute. To donate via check, contact Martha at or 337-804-2482 or Patrice at or 337-254-9695.

Funds raised by Words for You contribute to the 13th Annual Festival of Words, which brings established authors from all over the world to Acadiana to give public readings and writing workshops in the community during the first week of November.

This year's festival may be virtual and will feature graphic memoirist Robin Ha and Louisiana Poet Laureate John Warner Smith.

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