Julie Kane, PhD, professor of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches , will be recognized as Louisiana’s new Poet Laureate June 23 during a special ceremony by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, or LEH, to dedicate the Gustaf W. McIlhenny Family Foundation board room, located within the state-of-the-art Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St., New Orleans.


Julie Kane, PhD, professor of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches , will be recognized as Louisiana’s new Poet Laureate June 23 during a special ceremony by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, or LEH, to dedicate the Gustaf W. McIlhenny Family Foundation board room, located within the state-of-the-art Louisiana Humanities Center, 938 Lafayette St., New Orleans.
The McIlhenny dedication, during the LEH’s 2006-2009 capital campaign, donated $100,000 for capital improvements in the Humanities Center.
“The ultimate result of this support was much larger,” said LEH President and Executive Director Michael Sartisky. “The McIlhenny Foundation’s leadership gift spurred additional major gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations, and also leveraged significant matching gifts from the Kresge Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
Representing the McIlhenny Foundation at the naming ceremony will be Edwin R. Rodriguez, Jr., the Foundation’s President.
Following the recognition, Kan will give her first reading in her new position. The LEH will host the reading at the Humanities Center. Both events, which begin at 6 p.m., will be free and open to the public.
Dr. Kane's poetry collections - Jazz Funeral, Rhythm & Booze and Body and Soul - celebrate the culture of New Orleans. She is also the co-author of the Vietnam memoir Counterpart: A South Vietnamese Naval Officer's War and an editor of the anthologies Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Responses to Everette Maddox and Voices of the American South.