On April 1, NOPF21 kicks off with readings from a new anthology from UNO Press, I Am New Orleans. The event will be streamed live (with some virtual participants) from one of NOPF's favorite venues from the "old days," Café Istanbul, in the heart of downtown New Orleans. The reading will feature editor Kalamu Ya Salaam along with a gathering of poets from the anthology, what he calls "...a gathering of saints. Contemporary writers with an ear to the ground, digging on the sense and sound of what all is going down." Featuring appearances and readings by Kalamu Ya Salaam, Michael "Quess" Moore, Chuck Perkins, Skye Jackson and many more.