Virtual: Second Thursday Open Mic- with Christopher Manes

Let's stay at home and still enjoy poetry! Cindy Huyser is hosting and the e-mail address for Zoom contact info is

Join us in welcoming Dallas poet and educator Chris Manes! Chris will be sharing poems from his new book, Naming the Leper.

Naming the Leper: Poems by Christopher Manes

Between 1919 and 1941, five relatives of Christopher Lee Manes were diagnosed with an illness then referred to as “leprosy” and now known as Hansen’s disease. After their diagnosis, the five Landry siblings were separated from their loved ones and sent to the National Leprosarium in Carville, Louisiana, where they remained in quarantine until their deaths. Drawing on historical documents and imaginative reconstructions, Naming the Leper tells through poetry this family’s haunting story of exile and human suffering.

Christopher Lee Manes is a Lecturer I Rhetoric instructor at the University of Texas at Dallas and teaches History at Richland College. His primary role is Response to Intervention Coordinator for Richland Collegiate High School, a charter school of Dallas County Community College District at Richland College. His work has appeared in Louisiana History, the Southwestern Review, Carville: Remembering Leprosy in America, and Think Global Health, an online publication of the Council of Foreign Relations. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

A round- robin-style Open Mic follows the featured reading. We are a diverse and supportive venue. Bring poems to share!

Event date: 
Thursday, August 13, 2020 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751
Naming the Leper: Poems (Barataria Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807171127
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: LSU Press - February 5th, 2020