Come Thursday, you can get grounded with some real-life and local storytelling on what it was like growing up in Grand Coteau when Pauline Edmond gives some insight on just that.

In addition, poet Jay Udall is set to do a poetry reading and, of course, there's an open mic for anyone to read some of their own work and it all gets underway at 7 p.m. at Casa Azul Gifts, Thursday.

Casa Azul is the blue wood-framed building at the only stoplight in Grand Coteau on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

Edmond has spent her whole life in Grand Coteau. She graduated from St. Peter Claver High School, and studied elementary education at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She taught school for 30 years, most of those years at Grand Coteau Elementary. After retiring, she began baking cakes and selling them out of her home. Then a decade ago, she opened P&D Cakes in town. Edmond's presentation will be filmed by documentary filmmaker Chere Breaux.

Udall is the author of five books of poetry. His latest volume, The Welcome Table (University of New Mexico Press), won the 2009 New Mexico Book Award. Udall was a Poetry Fellow of the Nevada Arts Council from 2010-11. He teaches English and Creative Writing at Nicholls State University.

The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective, in partnership with the Univeristy of Louisiana at Lafayette's Center for Louisiana Studies and the Imperial St. Landry Genealogical & Historical Society.

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