Bourque was appointed to the position in November 2007 and was the first poet from Acadiana to receive the honor. (Read Mary Tutwiler's Nov. 28, 2007 cover story "Crowning Achievement.") But Bourque lost the position when Gov. Bobby Jindal's office left his name off of a list of appointments for Senate confirmation. (Read Greg Peters' Snake Oil from July July 9, 2008.)
Today, The Advocate reports that "the exclusion was unintended and one Jindal has worked to correct, said Michael Sartisky, executive director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities." However, the claim that "the exclusion was unintended" is at odds with this statement that Bourque e-mailed announcing that he had lost the post:
Michael Sartisky (Director of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities) has been in touch with James Quinn and he indicated to Michael that the governor was well aware of what he was doing.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.