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Lisa D’Amour is an OBIE- award winning playwright and co-artistic director of PearlDamour, an interdisciplinary performance company. Her plays and performances have been performed on Broadway (Samuel J. Friedman Theater), Steppenwolf Theater, Southern Rep and in many other adventurous spaces across the country, such as the 50-acre Meadow Garden at Longwood Botanical Gardens. She is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a past winner of the Steinberg Playwright Award, and a proud resident of the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans. Katy Danos is the editor of Adore Magazine, a lifestyle publication of the New Orleans Advocate. Her work has appeared nationally in House Beautiful and the New York Times.  Her latest work is the book Pontchartrain Beach:  A Family Affair, written with Bryan Batt. Saskia de Coster, of Belgium, is a visual artist, author, playwright, and regular participant in television debates. She is manager of Andermansland, a company that brings words into action in public space. She has written seven novels, five of which are translated. Her bestseller We and Me won the Cutting Edge Award (her third win), and the Opzij Literature Prize, and was nominated for several other prestigious prizes; it sold over 40k copies in the Netherlands and Belgium alone. Her work has been translated into ten languages. Joel Dinerstein is a professor of English at Tulane University and the former Director of Tulane’s Center for the Gulf South. He is the author of a cultural history of swing music entitled Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture (2003) and more recently, The Origins of Cool in Postwar America (2017), a cultural history which features two chapters on Marlon Brando’s cool in The Fugitive Kind and A Streetcar Named Desire. Nancy Dixon is the Program Coordinator and professor of English at Dillard University. She has written several articles and two books on New Orleans literature and culture and received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to continue her research, “Defining, Documenting, and Teaching Creole Culture.” Her first book, Fortune and Misery: Sallie Rhett Roman and the Times-Picayune, won the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Book of the Year Award in 2000, and her most recent book is N.O. Lit: 200 Years of New Orleans Literature (Lavender Ink, 2013). Jessica Dorman is director of publications and student education at The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC). She earned her doctorate in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University and has taught American Literature and American Studies at Harvard, Penn State Harrisburg, and Trinity College.  At THNOC, where she has been on staff since 2004, Dr. Dorman has edited numerous award-winning books. From 2006 to 2015, she was associate editor of the Tennessee Williams Annual Review. Samantha Downing, a Bay Area native, has written a dozen novels over the past two decades despite never having formally studied writing. My Lovely Wife is the first manuscript she submitted. This domestic thriller was snapped up by Berkley and will be published on March 26, 2019. Downing lives in New Orleans and is working on her next thriller. 48 languages, performed in over 140 countries, including sold-out runs at both Off- Broadway’s Westside Theater and on London’s West End. The play ran for over 10 years in the U.K., Mexico and France. In 2011, Ensler was awarded the Isabelle Stevenson Award at the 65th Tony Awards, for her creation of the non-profit V-Day movement, which raises money and educates the public about violence against women and efforts to stop it. Jeffrey Ehrenreich is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of New Orleans. With his edited volume, Reading the Social Body, he became one of the leading scholars on the anthropology of the body. He is currently co-editor of the journal, Anthropology and Humanism. Fire in the Hole:  The Spirit Work of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors shares more than 15 years of his work in visual anthropology with the tribe as its official photographer. Barbara C. Ewell, Professor Emerita, is the former Dorothy H. Brown Distinguished Professor of English at Loyola University New Orleans, where she taught southern literature, late 19th-century American literature, Louisiana literature, and women’s studies. Her books include Kate Chopin (1985) and several coedited volumes—including Louisiana Women Writers (1992), Southern Local Color (2002) and the Anthology of Spanish American Thought and Culture (2017). Most recently, she coedited (with Teresa Toulouse) a collection of lively new essays that explore the Crescent City’s spaces, Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans. Scott Ellis, author, poet and essayist, lived in the Vieux Carre in the 1980s. For him and for New Orleans this was a special time, and it imbued Scott with a deep appreciation for the many-layered history of the city. His first book, Madame Vieux Carre, The French Quarter in the Twentieth Century was published in 2009.  His current work is The Faubourg Marigny of New Orleans: A History (Louisiana State University Press, 2018). Eve Ensler, Tony Award winning playwright, performer, and activist, is the author of The Vagina Monologues, translated into over Gina Ferrara is from New Orleans. She teaches English and writing at Delgado Community College. Her poetry collections include The Size of Sparrows (Finishing Line Press 2006) Ethereal Avalanche (Trembling Pillow Press 2009), Amber Porch Light  (CW Books 2013), Carville:  Amid Moss and Resurrection Fern (FLP 2014), and Fitting the Sixth Finger:  Poems Inspired by the Paintings of  Marc Chagall (Aldrich Press 2017). She has been published in Callaloo, Miramar, Louisiana Literature, The Poetry Ireland Review and others. MARCH 27-31, 2019 35