2015 Speakers


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

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

Lauren Cerand

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

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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 ...

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

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

Phil Klay

Phil Klay is a Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of

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

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: ...

Vicki Salloum
Vicki Salloum’s novel, FAULKNER & FRIENDS, was released in 2014 by Underground Voices.  Her ...

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 ...