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media urbex adventure, You Were Here, and the feminist romcom, Now A Major Motion Picture. They identify as an Irish-Arab American, as well as a pan demi enby. Cori is the co-author of Once & Future, a retelling of the King Arthur legend, with their partner, Amy Rose Capetta. Bernice L. McFadden is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels including The Book of Harlem (a 2016 Washington Post Notable Book), Sugar, Loving Donovan, Nowhere Is a Place, The Warmest December, Gathering of Waters (a New York Times Editors’ Choice and a 2012  Notable Books), and Glorious, which was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award. Her most recent book is Praise Song for the Butterflies. A recipient of three awards from the BCALA, McFadden lives in Brooklyn, New York. Kathy McKeon was a 19-year-old Irish immigrant newly arrived in New York City when Jacqueline Kennedy hired her as a personal assistant in 1964, nine months after JFK’s assassination. McKeon soon became a trusted employee, helping to raise young Caroline and John and witnessing life from inside the fabled apartment at 1040 Fifth Avenue. For over five decades, McKeon never spoke publicly of her experience. But now she has written a memoir, Jackie’s Girl: My Life with the Kennedy Family. Kathleen Calhoun Nettleton has worked in all facets of the publishing industry with the independent, family-owned Pelican Publishing Company, located in Gretna, LA. She now manages daily 40 operations as the Publisher and company President. Nettleton attended LSU, receiving a degree in Marketing, and has held an active role in industry organizations including Publisher’s Association of the South, the Small Press Steering Committee of AAP, and on the Board of PAS. Stuart Noel is Professor of English and Film at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  He has lectured widely, both here and abroad, as a scholar of Tennessee Williams and Truman Capote.  Dr. Noel founded and chairs the Truman Capote Literary Society. He is the recipient of the 2018 Scholar’s Award at the Tennessee Williams Tribute in Columbus, Mississippi, the birthplace of Tennessee Williams. Justin Nystrom is an Associate Professor of History and director of the Center for the Study of New Orleans at Loyola University. A specialist in nineteenth and twentieth century America, his publications include New Orleans after the Civil War: Race, Politics, and a New Birth of Freedom (2010) and Creole Italian: Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture (2018). He lives in Uptown with his wife Jess and two young sons, Virgil and Henry Francis. Daniel José Older’s most recent books are Dactyl HIll Squad (Scholastic, 2018), his first middle grade book, and Star Wars Last Shot (Del Ray, 2018)  His New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, Shadowshaper (Scholastic), was a New York Times Best Book of the Year. His other books include the Bone Street Rumba TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL novels, including Midnight Taxi Tango and Half-Resurrection Blues (Penguin). Winner of the International Latino Book Award, he’s been nominated for the Kirkus Prize, the Locus and World Fantasy Awards, and the Andre Norton Award. Malka Older’s science fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. She is also the author of the sequels, Null States (2017) and State Tectonics (2018), as well as of short fiction, poetry, and essays. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments. was instrumental in developing their African-based sound. Felice Picano, author of many books and winner of multiple awards, is perhaps best known for the novels The Lure and Like People in History (winner of the Ferro-Grumley award for Best Gay Novel, 1966), the memoir Nights at Rizzoli (Dirk Vanden Award for Best Autobiography/ Memoir, 2015), and collections of short stories, essays, plays, and poetry. He is the recipient of a Violet Quill Life Achievement Award from the Tennessee Williams Festival, and a Lifetime Achievement/ Pioneer Award from the Lambda Literary Foundation. Angel Adams Parham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Loyola University-New Orleans.  Her research addresses the ways communities and cultures of the U.S. South and the Caribbean have been mutually constituted by transnational flows of people and ideas. This interest produces work that seeks to enlarge our understanding of what it means to be “American.” Her most recent book is American Routes: Racial Palimpsests and the Transformation of Race (Oxford, 2017). Hannah Pittard is the author of the novel Visible Empire, a New York Times “New and Noteworthy” Selection, O Magazine Book of Summer, and one of Southern Living’s Best New Books of Summer. Previous novels include Listen to Me, Reunion, and The Fates Will Find Their Way. She is also consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, American Scholar, Oxford American, and McSweeney’s. She directs the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Kentucky. Wesley Phillips is a one of the leading African drumming specialists in New Orleans. His early career took him around the country playing with the Sun Ra Arkestra. In New Orleans, he has played the Desire Street Poets, Casa Samba, many African dance collectives, and the drum collective in Congo Square. For more than 20 years, he played drums with Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warriors and John Pope, a frequent Tennessee Williams Festival panelist and moderator, was a member of The Times- Picayune’s team that won two Pulitzer Prizes and a George Polk Award for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. A contributing writer to NOLA. com | The Times-Picayune, Pope is the author of Getting Off at Elysian Fields, an anthology of 123 obituaries and four