February 29 - March 3 • New Orleans Marriott • New Orleans, LA


Featured Speakers

Naomi Shihab Nye

Anthony Doerr

Natasha Trethewey

Guest Speaker

Tom Kimmel

"Tom Kimmel is a treasure. Songman, rocker, poet, seeker, troubadour...always scratching away for the greater truths like a miner for gold. In these poems, you will recognize and celebrate your own humanity—warts and all—and know it's okay to be a human being. Yeah!"
~Marshall Chapman

"Tom does with poems what Eudora Welty did with short stories...sweet (but unsentimental), understated little slices of actual human life as experienced here in the South—or anywhere, for that matter.... Like Eudora, he speaks softly, sneaks up on you—and then nails you. Wonderful stuff."
~Pierce Pettis

Tom Kimmel

Tom Kimmel

Saturday, March 3, 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. (Acadia)
Songwriting Workshop (sponsored by Sigma Kappa Delta)




Tom Kimmel's Website

Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more than their sum. Since 1980 dozens of Tom's compositions have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Shawn Colvin, and Randy Travis. They've been featured in films from Twins to Serendipity and Runaway Bride, and in television shows from Captain Kangaroo and Touched By An Angel to Dawson's Creek. An award winning artist in his own right, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems, and led songwriting workshops and classes around the country and in Europe.

Order: The Sweetest and The Meanest poems by Tom Kimmel
Price: $15.00, no shipping or handling cost.
Email: shb@calhoun.edu
Checks made to Sigma Kappa Delta
No charge cards or debit cards
These books (while supplies last) will also be available at the convention during his workshop.

Excerpt from The Sweetest and The Meanest

"I am not a Poet"
Poetry is something I cannot do;
That's why I have to try.
I can write a song—they come along
And I write them—but a poem...
I am in awe of a poem.