2015 Speakers


Molly Antopol
Molly Antopol's debut story collection, The UnAmericans, was published by W.W. Norton. ...

LaShonda Katrice Barnett
LaShonda Katrice Barnett is the author of ...

Fredrick Barton
UNO writer-in-residence Fredrick Barton is the author of the book of essays ...

Natalie Baszile
Natalie Baszile is the author of the debut novel, Queen Sugar (Viking/Penguin ...

Dan Baum
Dan Baum is the author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip, Nine Lives: ...

Brian W. Boyles
Brian W. Boyles is vice president, division of content at the Louisiana ...

Lauren Cerand

Lauren Cerand advises her clients on buzz, and how to get

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Rebecca Chance
Rebecca Chance is the writer of seven UK Sunday Times best-selling glamorous thrillers, DivasBad ...

Oline H. Cogdill
Oline H. Cogdill reviews mystery fiction for Mystery Scene magazine, the Sun-Sentinel ...

Molly Crabapple
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer living in New York. She ...

Maurice Emerson Decaul
Maurice Emerson Decaul, a former Marine, is a poet, and playwright, whose ...

Amy Dickinson
Amy Dickinson is author of the syndicated advice column "Ask Amy," read ...

Keir Dullea
Keir Dullea has been a professional actor for 50 years, best known ...

Lolis Eric Elie
Lolis Eric Elie is a New Orleans-born, Los Angeles-based writer and filmmaker. Most ...

Femi Euba
Femi Euba, Ph.D., MFA., currently teaches playwriting and dramatic literature as the ...

Jim Grimsley
Jim Grimsley is the author of several award-winning novels, including Winter Birds, ...

Nigel Hamilton
Nigel Hamilton’s books include the NY Times bestselling JFK: Reckless Youth (which ...

General Russel Honoré
Prior to his command of Joint Task Force-Katrina – leading the Department ...

Jed Horne
Jed Horne’s books include Breach of Faith and Desire Street. Longtime city editor of The ...

Vanessa Hutchinson
Vanessa Hutchinson grew up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Her previous work has appeared ...

Ted Jackson
Ted Jackson has been on the staff of The New Orleans Times-Picayune since ...

Saeed Jones
Saeed Jones is the editor of BuzzFeed LGBT and a Pushcart Prize-winning poet. ...

Phil Klay

Phil Klay is a Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of

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John Lahr
John Lahr is the author of Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the ...

Laila Lalami
Laila Lalami was born and raised in Morocco. She attended Université Mohammed ...

Yiyun Li
Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in ...

Bill Loehfelm
Bill Loehfelm is the author of five novels, including The Devil in Her ...

Laura Lane McNeal
Laura Lane McNeal was born and raised in New Orleans. She received ...

Pamela Paul
Pamela Paul is the editor of The New York Times Book Review. ...

Michael Pitre
Michael Pitre is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where he was ...

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

Michael Ross
Michael A. Ross is the author of The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: ...

Adam Rothman
Adam Rothman teaches American history at Georgetown University. His latest book, Beyond Freedom’s ...

Vicki Salloum
Vicki Salloum’s novel, Faulkner & Friends, was released in 2014 by Underground ...

Vijay Seshadri
Vijay Seshadri was born in Bangalore, India. He is the author of ...

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

Michael Farris Smith
Michael Farris Smith is the recipient of the 2014 Mississippi Authors Award ...

Bryant Terry
A national leader in the movement to promote healthy eating, Byrant Terry ...

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

Cheryl Wagner
Cheryl Wagner is the author of Plenty Enough Suck to Go Around: A ...

M.O. Walsh
M.O. Walsh is a writer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His stories and ...

John Warley
John Warley is a novelist whose most recent book, A Southern Girl, ...

John Waters
John Waters is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, and visual artist best known ...