Speakers


Megan Abbott
Megan Abbott is the award-winning author of six novels, including The End ...

S.L. Alexander
S.L. Alexander, PhD, an award-winning journalist, currently serves on Loyola University’s faculty. ...

Allison Alsup

Allison Alsup's fiction has won multiple national contests, and one of

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Alicia Anstead
Alicia Anstead is editor-in-chief of the national magazines Inside Arts and The ...

David Armand
David Armand teaches at Southeastern Louisiana University, where he also serves as ...

Sally Asher
Sally Asher is the public relations photographer for Tulane University. She has ...

Jami Attenberg

Jami Attenberg is the author of four books of fiction, including

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Blake Bailey
Blake Bailey is the author of biographies of John Cheever, Richard Yates, and ...

John Bak

John Bak is professeur at the Université de Lorraine in France,

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Frederick Barton

Rick Barton is the UNO Creative Writing Workshop director and the

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Thomas Beller
Thomas Beller is the author of The Sleepover Artist: A Novel, Seduction ...

Willie Birch

Willie Birch creates politically incisive yet emotionally sensitive work that addresses

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George Bishop
George Bishop, Jr. holds degrees from Loyola University and the University of ...

Darrell Bourque
Darrell Bourque, former Louisiana poet laureate, is the author of several collections, ...

Patricia Brady

Patricia Brady is the biographer of two First Ladies—Martha Washington and

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Beau Bratcher

Beau Bratcher returns to the Festival as director of Cat on

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Robert Bray
Robert Bray is the founding director of the Tennessee Williams Scholars Conference. ...

Marie Breaux
Marie Breaux practices intellectual property law. She assists businesses and individuals with ...

Ethan Brown
Ethan Brown has written for GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and ...

Bryan Batt
Native New Orleanian Bryan Batt has won two Screen Actor’s Guild awards ...

Garnette Cadogan
Garnette Cadogan writes about arts and culture for various publications. He is ...

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

Judith Chapman
Judith Chapman is famed for playing villainess roles in daytime soaps. She ...

Bill Cheng
Bill Cheng received a B.A. in Creative Writing from Baruch College and ...

Rich Cohen
Rich Cohen, a New York Times bestselling author, grew up on the ...

Bill Cotter
Bill Cotter was born in Dallas in 1964, and has labored as ...

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

Jackie Davis
Jackie Davis, director of Gift of an Orange, is an actor, director ...

Nancy Dixon

Nancy Dixon is an English professor at Dillard University in New

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Charlene A. Donaghy
Charlene A. Donaghy, playwright for Gift of an Orange, has produced plays ...

Janet Daley Duval

Janet Daley Duval is a local attorney whose avocation is theater.

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John Freeman
John Freeman is an award-winning writer and critic. The former editor of ...

Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay’s writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best American Short ...

Jef Hall-Flavin
Jef Hall-Flavin, director of Green Eyes, is the Executive Director for the ...

Nigel Hamilton
Nigel Hamilton is the author of more than twenty works of biography. ...

Lilah Hegnauer
Lilah Hegnauer is the author, most recently, of Pantry (Hub City Press). ...

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

Foster Hirsch
Foster Hirsch is a Professor of Film at Brooklyn College and the author ...

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

Ann Hood
Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, ...

David W. Hoover

David W. Hoover is the chair of the Department of Film

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Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Joshua Jelly-Schapiro is a geographer and writer whose work has appeared in ...

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

David Kaplan
David Kaplan, director of The Traveling Companion and Mr. Paradise, is curator ...

Thomas Keith

Thomas Keith has edited over a dozen titles by Tennessee Williams

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Carolyn Kolb
Carolyn Kolb's most recent book is New Orleans Memories:  One Writer' City ...

Errol Laborde
Errol Laborde is the Editor-in-Chief of Renaissance Publishing Company. Laborde's most recent ...

Peggy Scott Laborde

Peggy Scott  Laborde is the senior producer for the New Orleans

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Diane Ladd

Diane Ladd is an actress, director, writer, author, and producer.

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Susan Larson
Susan Larson is the vice president for literary programming for the Festival. ...

Victor LaValle
Victor LaValle is the author of Slapboxing with Jesus, a collection of ...

Jeremy Lawrence

This is Jeremy Lawrence’s ninth Festival. Recent stage work includes his

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Kiese Laymon
Kiese Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a ...

Zachary Lazar
Zachary Lazar graduated from Brown University and the University of Iowa Writers ...

Jonathan Lee

Jonathan Lee is a British writer. His two novels, Who Is

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Laura Lippman
Laura Lippman was a reporter for 20 years, including 12 years at ...

Bill Loehfelm
Bill Loehfelm is the author of four novels, most recently, The Devil ...

Richard Louth

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

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Mary H. Manhein

Mary H. Manhein, a forensic anthropologist is Director of LSU Forensic

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Bev Marshall

Bev Marshall is the critically-acclaimed author of Walking Through Shadows, Right

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Brett Martin
Brett Martin is a correspondent for GQ. His work has appeared in ...

Valerie Martin
Valerie Martin is the author of nine novels, including Trespass, Italian Fever, ...

Mary McCay
Mary McCay is the Landrieu Distinguished teaching professor at Loyola University. She ...

Ian McNulty
Ian McNulty covers food culture and dining as a staff writer for ...

Frederick Mensch
Frederick Mensch is a Chicago-based screenwriter, playwright and novelist. His screenplay Supreme ...

Mikko

Mikko got his Masters in Theatre from the National Shakespeare Conservatory

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Benjamin Morris

Benjamin Morris, a native of Mississippi, is a writer and researcher

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Brenda Murphy

Brenda Murphy is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus

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Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy has been in the book business since 1981. His

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R. Barton Palmer

R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson

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Elizabeth Pearce
Elizabeth Pearce is the founder of Drink & Learn where guests hear ...

Tom Piazza
Tom Piazza is the author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, ...

Emily Raboteau
Emily Raboteau is the author of the novel, The Professor's Daughter, and ...

J.R. Ramakrishnan
J.R. Ramakrishnan co-curates literary programs for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. ...

Douglas Ray

Douglas Ray is author of He Will Laugh (Lethe Press, 2012),

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Julia Reed
Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun and a ...

Richard Reed
Richard Read has written about film, video games, travel, and cars for ...

Dane Rhodes

Dane Rhodes is a local actor and director. He has appeared

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Gary Richards
Gary Richards is associate professor and chair of the Department of English, ...

Sara Roahen

Sara Roahen is a freelance writer and oral historian living in

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Kristina K. Robinson
Kristina K. Robinson is a native New Orleanian and graduate of Xavier ...

Veronica Russell

Veronica Russell is an award-winning actress and costume designer. She has

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Annette J. Saddik

Annette J. Saddik is professor of English and Theatre at the

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Matt Sakakeeny
Matt Sakakeeny is an ethnomusicologist, journalist, and musician in New Orleans, and ...

Tom Sancton
New Orleans native Tom Sancton worked for 22 years as a writer, ...

Ben Sandmel

Ben Sandmel is a New Orleans-based journalist, folklorist, and drummer. Author

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Michael Sartisky
For the past twenty-nine years, Michael Sartisky has been President and Executive Director of the ...

David Savran

David Savran is the author of eight books, including Communists, Cowboys

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Dani Shapiro
Dani Shapiro is the bestselling author of the memoirs Still WritingDevotion and ...

Rebecca Snedeker
Rebecca Snedeker is a documentary filmmaker, writer, and co-author of Unfathomable City: ...

Rebecca Theim

Rebecca Theim is a former reporter with the Times-Picayune. After

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Gwen Thompkins

Gwen Thompkins began her career at the Times-Picayune newspaper and in

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Shirley Thompson
Shirley Thompson lives in Austin, where she teaches American studies and black ...

Poppy Tooker
Poppy Tooker is the author of the Crescent City Farmers Market Cookbook, ...

Justin Torres
Justin Torres grew up in upstate New York. His work has appeared ...

Laura van den Berg
Laura van den Berg’s debut collection of stories, What the World Will Look ...

Kent Wascom
Kent Wascom was born in New Orleans and raised along the Gulf ...

Lila Quintero Weaver
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Lila Quintero Weaver immigrated with her family ...

Michael Patrick Welch
Michael Patrick Welch is the author of several books. His writing has ...

Dr. Michael White
Dr. Michael White is a leading figure in the traditional New Orleans ...

Michelle Wildgen
Michelle Wildgen's third novel, Bread and Butter, will be published in February ...

L. Lamar Wilson

L. Lamar Wilson's Sacrilegion was chosen by Lee Ann Brown for

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Kit Wohl

Kit Wohl is a writer, photographer, graphic designer, and artist.

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