2017 Speakers (More to be confirmed!)


Dorothy Allison
Dorothy Allison is the author of Bastard Out of Carolina, a finalist ...

Sally Asher
Sally Asher is the author of Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent ...

Bruce Sunpie Barnes
Bruce Sunpie Barnes is a veteran New Orleans musician that has traveled ...

Tad Bartlett
Tad Bartlett was born in Ankara, Turkey; grew up in Selma, Alabama; ...

Beth Bartley
Beth Bartley performed on Broadway in Fortune’s Fool (dirArthur Penn). She played Catherine ...

Fredrick Barton
UNO writer-in-residence Frederick Barton is the author or editor of ten books ...

Randy Bates
Randy Bates’s writing credits include Rings: On the Life and Family of ...

Patricia Bosworth
Patricia Bosworth is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and author of bestselling biographies ...

Ethan Brown
Ethan Brown is an investigative reporter and licensed private investigator based in ...

Jericho Brown
Jericho Brown has received the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the ...

Jason D. Buch
Jason D. Buch is an Assistant Professor in Screenwriting and New Media ...

Richard Campanella
Richard Campanella, a geographer with the Tulane School of Architecture, has authored ...

Dick Cavett
Dick Cavett has been nominated for eleven Emmy awards (most recently, for ...

Peter Cooley
Peter Cooley has published nine books of poetry, eight through Carnegie Mellon. ...

Augustin J Correro
Augustin J Correro serves as Founding Co-Artistic Director of the Tennessee Williams ...

Brenda Currin
Brenda Currin, an Obie award winner (My Sister in This House by ...

Melissa Daggett
Melissa Daggett teaches United States history at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, ...

Lisa D’Amour
Lisa D’Amour is a playwright and co-artistic director of PearlDamour, ...

John DeSantis
John DeSantis is a veteran journalist with a criminal justice background, author of ...

Nancy Dixon
Nancy Dixon is an English professor at Dillard University in New Orleans. ...

Clayton Delery-Edwards
Clayton Delery-Edwards is the author of two books about LGBT History in ...

Gina Ferrara
Gina Ferrara lives in New Orleans. Her poetry collections include: The Size ...

Kathy Finn
Kathy Finn has spent some thirty years in New Orleans, during which ...

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes
Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, Slice, Pank, The ...

John Gery
John Gery’s poetry collections include The Enemies of LeisureDavenport’s VersionA Gallery of Ghosts, and ...

Richard Goodman
Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a ...

Kia Groom
Kia Groom is an Australian writer and poet residing in New Orleans. ...

Carolyn Hembree
Carolyn Hembree’s poetry collection, Skinny, came out from Kore Press in 2012. ...

Greg Herren
Greg Herren is the award-winning author of over thirty novels and fifty ...

Kenneth Holditch
Kenneth Holditch’s work revolves around Tennessee Williams scholarship, including being editor of ...

Skip Horack
Skip Horack is the author of the novels The Other Joseph and The ...

David Johnson
David Johnson is the executive editor of Louisiana Cultural Vistas magazine and ...

Thomas Keith
Thomas Keith has edited over a dozen titles by Tennessee Williams for ...

Errol Laborde
Errol Laborde is the editor-in-chief of Renaissance Publishing Company. Laborde’s most recent ...

Peggy Scott Laborde
Peggy Scott Laborde has been the senior producer for the New Orleans PBS ...

AC Lambeth
AC Lambeth is a graduate of UNO’s Creative Writing Workshop. Since then ...

Susan Larson
Susan Larson is the host of The Reading Life on WWNO, New ...

Joanna Leake
Joanna Leake is one of the founders of The Creative Writing Workshop and ...

Alecia P. Long
Alecia P. Long is a professor history at LSU and author of The ...

Richard Louth

Richard Louth is a Professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University,

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Kristen-Paige Madonia
Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of Fingerprints of You, and her work ...

Nicholas Mainieri
Nicholas Mainieri is the author of The Infinite, a novel. His short ...

Patrick Maney
Patrick Maney is author of Bill Clinton: New Gilded Age President. He has written ...

Kerri Maniscalo
Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside New York City, ...

Jim McCormick
Jim McCormick’s songs have been recorded by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Tim ...

Cecile Monteyne
Cecile Monteyne was named New Orleans' Big Easy Awards' 2014 ...

Lara Naughton
Lara Naughton’s works include The Jaguar Man and Never Fight a Shark ...

Frank Perez
Frank Perez serves as President of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana. ...

Brenda Quant
Brenda Quant was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. She was awarded an MFA ...

Katy Simpson Smith
Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She is ...

Michael Tisserand
Michael Tisserand is a New Orleans-based author whose new book, Krazy: George Herriman, ...

Kim Vaz-Deville
Kim Vaz-Deville, Ph.D. is professor of education and ...

M.O. Walsh
M.O. Walsh is the author of the story collection The Prospect of Magic and the novel My ...

Shaolu Yu
Shaolu Yu is Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Urban Studies at Rhodes College. ...

Michael Allen Zell
Michael Allen Zell is a New Orleans-based novelist, playwright, and essayist. Kirkus ...