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film, At the River I Stand, a study of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike and the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. She is the author of Framing the South: Hollywood, Television, and Race During the Civil Rights Struggle. Judy Grahn is internationally known as a foremother of Cultural Feminism and the Gay Liberation movement. Grahn’s iconic work includes A Woman Is Talking To Death, The Common Woman Poems, Another Mother Tongue, Blood, Bread, & Roses, A Simple Revolution and most recently a poetry publication, Hanging On Our Own Bones. The Judy Grahn Reader serves as a primer for classrooms and researchers. A collection of new short stories is forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.) I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music. Garth Greenwell is the author of What Belongs to You, winner of the British Book Award for Debut of the Year, longlisted for the National Book Award, and a finalist for six other awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, it was named a Best Book of 2016 by over 50 publications in nine countries and is being translated into a dozen languages. His short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and VICE, and he has written criticism for The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and the New York Times Book Review, among others. Peter Hagan is the President of Dramatists Play Service. He began his career at the William Morris Agency, and subsequently worked at Writers and Artists, The Gersh Agency (where he was head of the Theatre Department) and at Abrams Artists Agency, representing writers, directors and designers. His clients included writers Don DeLillo, Jules Feiffer, Horton Foote, and Romulus Linney, among many others. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, and lives in New York and New Orleans. Victor Harris is the Big Chief of the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors, a Mardi Gras Indian tribe he began with his best friend, Collins “Coach” Lewis, in 1984. Together with his sewing committee, he transformed Carnival into a downtown New Orleans tradition by masking as an homage to his African heritage. 2018 marked 52 years of consecutive masking, more than any other chief in the history of the tradition. Kristien Hemmerechts is author of more than 20 novels, and numerous collections of short stories and autobiographical essays; a body of work that has frequently been praised by critics and awarded prizes. Not one to shy away from controversy, Hemmerechts is known for forthright opinions on social issues. She taught English Literature at University College Brussels and now teaches Creative Writing at University College Louvain and The Drama School of Antwerp. She has been awarded the Flemish State Prize and the Frans Kellendonk Prize for her oeuvre. Greg Herren is the author of over thirty novels and editor of twenty anthologies. He has won two Lambda Literary Awards, an Anthony Award, and was short-listed for the Macavity Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. His most recent collection, Survivor’s Guilt and Other Stories, will be released by Bold Strokes Books in April 2019. Lisa Herrington is a Women’s Fiction and YA novelist, blogger and speaker. A former medical sales rep, she currently manages the largest Meet-Up writing group in the New Orleans area, The Bayou Writer’s Club. Connect with Lisa, find out about new releases, and get free books at lisaherrington. com Sign up to join the Bayou Writers and get more club information at meetup.com/ Bayou-Writers-Club Abram Shalom Himelstein is the co- founder of the Neighborhood Story Project and the editor-in-chief at the University of New Orleans Press. He has written for the Daily Racing Form, The Houston Chronicle, and Next City. He is the author of What the Hell am I Doing Here? and co-author of Tales of a Punk Rock Nothing. At UNO he teaches English teachers, a Publishing Workshop, and Multicultural Education. David W. Hoover chairs the Department of Film and Theatre at the University of New Orleans. For the Festival he has directed Alec Baldwin, Elizabeth Ashley, John Goodman, Stephanie Zimbalist, Eli Wallach, and Anne Jackson. His acting/ directing work includes Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, Tulane Summer Shakespeare Festival, Southern Rep, Tulane Summer Lyric, The Guthrie, Dallas Theatre Center, American Southwest Theatre Company, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, and The Lyceum. He has received Big Easy, Marquee, and Storer Boone Awards, among others. Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of Southernmost, along with five other novels, a book of creative nonfiction, and three plays. His work frequently appears in The New York Times and Salon. His writing has appeared in Oxford American, Narrative, Blackbird, Newsday, and several anthologies. He is on the fiction faculty at the Spalding MFA in Creative Writing and the NEH Chair at Berea College. He has won the Nautilus Award, an EB White Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Jesse Stuart Award, the Lee Smith Award, and many other honors. Suzanne Hudson is the author (with RP Saffire) of Shoe Burnin’ Season: A Womanifesto. Her short fiction has won state, national, and international literary prizes and has been widely anthologized. Her novels, In a Temple of Trees and In the Dark of the Moon, will be re-released in 2019, along with a new comic novel, The Fall of the Nixon Administration. Hudson lives near Fairhope, Alabama, at Waterhole Branch Productions, with her husband, author Joe Formichella. MARCH 27-31, 2019 37