The Krewe of Muses has named Mary Matalin as Honorary Calliope, Muse of Epic Poetry.
The 2010 featured muse is Calliope, traditionally known as the Muse of Epic Poetry. The name Calliope translates to “beauty of voice”, and she was also known as the muse of eloquence and persuasion due to her wise counsel and guidance.
In the spirit of the season, the Muses have chosen as Honorary Muse, Mary Matalin, a woman who exemplifies the art of straightforward discussion and persuasive speech.
Matalin has served as political advisor and strategist for several past presidential administrations, and is a frequent commentator on various network television programs. She currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Threshold Editions, a conservative publishing imprint at Simon & Schuster, and has written several books and articles for various periodicals including Newsweek and The Los Angeles Times.
Mary and her husband, political consultant James Carville, moved to New Orleans with their two daughters in 2008 and quickly became involved in the City’s community affairs and rebuilding efforts. Strong supporters of New Orleans and its promising future, Matalin and Carville were chosen as co-chairpersons of the 2013 Super Bowl Host Committee.
The Honorary Muse recognition project is a community-focused activity that honors local women who have made a contribution to the New Orleans community.
Each year, the Krewe of Muses chooses one of the nine muses to be represented in that year’s parade. The Krewe honors the local woman who best embodies the attributes of the chosen muse and who has made significant contributions associated with the featured Muse for that year.