2015 Speakers


Annamaria Alfieri
Annamaria Alfieri set Strange Gods in the burgeoning town of Nairobi in ...

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

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

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: ...

Claudia Baumgarten
Claudia Baumgarten is a story-teller who enjoys entertaining and engaging children at ...

John Biguenet
John Biguenet is the author of The Torturer's Apprentice: Stories and Oyster, ...

Roy Blount Jr.
Roy Blount Jr. is the author of twenty-three books. His most recent book, Alphabetter Juice: ...

Darrell Bourque
Darrell Bourque is a former Louisiana poet laureate and the recipient of ...

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

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

Rick Bragg
Rick Bragg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of The ...

Beau Bratcher
Beau Bratcher returns to the Festival after directing last year’s Cat on ...

Robert Bray
Robert Bray is the founding editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review ...

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 ...

Tom Cooper
Tom Cooper was born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and has lived all over the ...

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

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

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 ...

Mia Dillon
Mia Dillon’s Broadway credits include her Tony Award-nominated performance in Crimes of ...

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

Ronald J. Drez
Ronald J. Drez, an award-winning author and former U.S. Marine Captain, served ...

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

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

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 ...

Randy Fertel
Randy Fertel is passionate about great stories and good causes. His award-winning ...

Rien Fertel
Rien Fertel is a writer and professor of history at Tulane University ...

Jim Grimsley
Jim Grimsley is a novelist and playwright who lives in Decatur, Georgia, and ...

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

Aimée Hayes
As the artistic director of Southern Rep, Aimée Hayes has focused on ...

Ava Leavell Haymon
Ava Leavell Haymon is a poet, playwright, editor, and teacher. Her third ...

Greg Herren
Greg Herren is the award-winning author of over 30 novels. His two ...

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

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

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

Michael S. D. Hooper
Michael S. D. Hooper is the author of Sexual Politics in the ...

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

Brigid Hughes
Brigid Hughes is the Founding Editor of A Public Space and a contributing editor ...

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 ...

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

Jessica Marie Johnson
Jessica Marie Johnson is an assistant professor of history at Michigan State ...

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

Joseph Kanon
Joseph Kanon is the author of six novels, including: Los Alamos, which ...

David Kaplan
David Kaplan is co-founder and curator of the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater ...

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

Phil Klay

Phil Klay is a Marine Corps veteran and a graduate of

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Zack Kron
Zack Kron is a New Orleans-born actor living and working in New ...

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

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 ...

Bill Lavender
Bill Lavender is a poet, novelist and publisher living in New Orleans. ...

Zachary Lazar
Zachary Lazar is the author of four books, including the novel Sway, ...

Gay Leonhardt
Gay Leonhardt is editor of Shaking Up Prohibition in New Orleans: Authentic Vintage ...

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

Laura Lippman
Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan books: By a Spider's Thread, The Last Place, ...

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

Marly Rusoff
Marly Rusoff worked at Houghton Mifflin, Doubleday and William Morrow where she ...

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

Perry Martin
Perry Martin is the President of Evangeline Entertainment. He is the Producing ...

Mac McClelland
Mac McClelland is an award-winning journalist and the author of For Us Surrender ...

Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
Cristine McMurdo-Wallis has performed in theatres Off Broadway and country-wide. Highlights include: ...

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

Cecile Monteyne
Cecile Monteyne is a company member and managing director of the NOLA ...

Benjamin Morris
A native of Mississippi, Benjamin Morris is a poet, fiction writer, and ...

Emily Nemens
Emily Nemens is co-editor and prose editor of The Southern Review, a ...

Jonathan Odell
Jonathan Odell is the author of two novels, The Healing and The ...

R. Barton Palmer
R. Barton Palmer is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature and Director of ...

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

Radclyffe
Radclyffe has published over 35 novels as well as dozens of short ...

J.R. Ramakrishnan
J.R. Ramakrishnan is the Festival’s director of literary programs. Her journalism has ...

Dane Rhodes
Dane Rhodes is an actor and director in New Orleans, LA. He ...

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 ...

Maurice Carlos Ruffin
Maurice Carlos Ruffin is a graduate of the University of New Orleans ...

Annette J. Saddik
Annette J. Saddik is Professor of Theatre and English at the City ...

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

Paul Sanchez
Paul Sanchez has written songs for Darius Rucker of Hootie and The ...

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

John Patrick Shanley
John Patrick Shanley is a Bronx-born screenwriter, director, and playwright. He is ...

Martin Sherman
Martin Sherman’s plays include Passing By, Cracks, Bent, Messiah, When She Danced, ...

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 ...

Kathryn Talbot
Kathryn Talbot is excited to be working again with the Provincetown Tennessee ...

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

Goldman Thibodeaux
Goldman Thibodeaux is vocalist/accordionist for the Lawtell Playboys. The band plays Creole ...

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

Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint is an American musician, songwriter, record producer, and influential figure ...

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

Joel Vig
Joel Vig is best known for creating one of the starring roles ...

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, ...

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

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

Jason Wiese
Jason Wiese is a curator at The Historic New Orleans Collection and ...

Kit Wohl
Kit Wohl is an award-winning writer, photographer and artist. New Orleans Classic ...

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