2016 Speakers


Megan Abbott
Megan Abbott is the Edgar-winning author of seven novels, including ...

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

Alys Arden
Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea leaf-readers, and glittering ...

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

Cynthia Bond
Cynthia Bond is a New York Times bestselling author. Her novel Ruby is the latest Oprah’s Book ...

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

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

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

Alexander Chee
Alexander Chee won a Whiting Award for his first novel, Edinburgh, and ...

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

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

Margaret Eby
Margaret Eby has written for the New York Times, The New Yorker, the Paris Review ...

Jewelle Gomez
Jewelle Gomez is the author of seven books including the double Lambda ...

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

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

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

Andy Hunter
Andy Hunter is the publisher, COO, and co-founder of Catapult. He is also 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 ...

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

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

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

Kent Wascom
Kent Wascom has been called "one of the most exhilarating historical novelists in ...

Claire Vaye Watkins
Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Battleborn, winner of the Story ...

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