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2019 Festival Participants Constance Adler is the author of the memoir My Bayou: New Orleans Through the Eyes of a Lover. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications that include Oxford American, Utne Reader, Spy Magazine, and Blackbird. Her profile of Mardi Gras float designer Henri Schindler in Gambit Weekly was honored by the Louisiana Press Association with a first place award in feature writing. She lives near Bayou Saint John in New Orleans. Tom Andes’ writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2012, Witness, Atticus Review, Guernica, Great Jones Street, Xavier Review, and numerous other publications. His book reviews and interviews with writers and musicians have appeared widely. He lives in New Orleans, where he works as a freelance writer and editor, teaches for the New Orleans Writers Workshop, which he co-founded, and moonlights as a country singer. Dorothy Allison is the author of Bastard Out of Carolina, a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award, and Cavedweller, a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as well as a collection of short fiction, Trash. Her short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Best of the South. A novel, She Who, is forthcoming from Viking Penguin. Jami Attenberg has written about sex, technology, design, books and urban life for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian and others. She is the The New York Times bestselling author of The Middlesteins, and five other novels, including her latest, All Grown Up, which was published in fourteen countries. Her next novel, All This Could Be Yours, is set in New Orleans, and will be published in November 2019. Allison Alsup, New Orleans Writers Workshop co-founder, teaches and coaches writers of all levels. Her short stories have won multiple awards, including those from A Room of Her Own Foundation, New Millennium Writings, Philadelphia Stories and the Dana Awards. Her short story, “Old Houses” was selected for the 2014 O’Henry Prize Stories. Her food and cocktail writing includes The French Quarter Drinking Companion: A Guide to Bars in America’s Most Eclectic Neighborhood. 32 Anne Babson’s collection of poems The White Trash Pantheon (Vox Press) and her chapbook Poems Under Surveillance (Finishing Line Press) are available at independent bookstores and at Internet booksellers. She wrote the words to a feminist opera, Lotus Lives, which has been performed in major cities in North America. Nominated four times for the Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in literary journals on five continents. She teaches writing and literature at Southeastern Louisiana University. TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL John S. Bak is Professeur at the Université de Lorraine in France and holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Ball State University, and the Sorbonne in Paris. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Univerzity Palackého in the Czech Republic and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Oxford University. He is the author of the monographs Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Queer Masculinities and Tennessee Williams: A Literary Life. Currently, he is co- authoring a book on Tennessee Williams’ paintings. Tad Bartlett received an MFA from the Creative Writing Workshop at UNO. He’s a founding member of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance and Managing Editor of the Peauxdunque Review. His creative non-fiction has been designated “notable” by Best American Essays, and has appeared in the Chautauqua Literary Journal,  Bitter Southerner, and the online Oxford American. His fiction has been published by the Baltimore Review, Carolina Quarterly, Stockholm Review of Literature, Bird’s Thumb, and others. Bryan Batt is a Broadway, film, and television actor best known for the role that won him two Screen Actors Guild awards:  Salvatore Romano in the critically acclaimed series, Mad Men. He began writing about his family in his first book, a New York Times Best Summer Reading list title, the “momoir,” She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother. His latest book is Pontchartrain Beach:  A Family Affair, written with Katy Danos. David Benedetto is Assistant Program Director at WRBH Reading Radio for the Blind and Print Impaired in New Orleans, where he hosts the weekly “Writer’s Forum” program and produces “Figure of Speech,” a literature-based program highlighting the work and reading of local writers and poets. He is also a contributor for WWNO and NolaVie on “Notes From New Orleans” series and produces a podcast for New Orleans non-profit Antenna that began in early 2019. Jason Berry is renowned for his investigative reporting on the Catholic Church crisis, in such books as Lead Us Not Into Temptation, Vows of Silence and Render unto Rome. He has produced several documentaries and written extensively on New Orleans. Up From the Cradle of Jazz is a landmark history of the city’s popular music. He received NEH and Guggenheim fellowships for his research on City of a Million Dreams: A History of New Orleans at Year 300. George Bishop, Jr., a Louisiana native, has lived and taught in Slovakia, Turkey, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, India, and Japan.  His novel Letter to my Daughter was published by Random House in 2010.  His