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funeral stories he wrote for the newspaper. Cassie Pruyn is the author of Bayou St. John: A Brief History (The History Press, 2017) and the poetry collection Lena (Texas Tech University Press, 2017), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for the Audre Lorde Award. Her poems, essays, and reviews have been published in numerous publications. Born and raised in Portland, Maine, and a graduate of the Bennington Writing Seminars, she lives and teaches in New Orleans. Christina Quintana (CQ) is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her work has been produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Southern Rep, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and Prospect Theatre Company, among others. Her poetry chapbook, The Heart Wants, was published by Finishing Line Press. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie- winning playwright cohort, Youngblood, and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Armour Ratcliffe grew up in the French Quarter where she started singing professionally with the New Orleans Opera in high school. She trained at Wellesley College and with Marilyn Cotlow in Washington, DC.  She received her Master’s in Vocal Performance from the University of Denver. She performed with the Washington National Opera, and travelled extensively giving concerts in the United States, Europe, and Japan. She is now a performer and voice teacher at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Colorado College, and CSU-Pueblo. the New York Review of Books. He lives in Mid-City (New Orleans) with his wife and son. Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Garden & Gun magazine, where she writes a regular column, “The High & Low.” She also contributes to WSJ. magazine, and Veranda. She is the author of seven books, including Julia Reed’s South:  Spirited Entertaining and High Style Fun All Year Long and Queen of the Turtle Derby and Other Southern Phenomena. Her most recent book, South Toward Home, was published by St. Martin’s Press in July 2018. Gary Richards is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication at the University of Mary Washington. He is the author of Lovers and Beloveds: Sexual Otherness in Southern Fiction, 1936-1961 as well as numerous essays on southern literature and culture including, most recently, “Tennessee Williams and the Burden of Southern Sexuality Studies” and “Queering Welty’s Male Bodies in the Undergraduate Classroom.” Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency, 2018 National Book Award winner in Poetry, and A History of Flamboyance. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Obsidian, and elsewhere. A three-time high school expellee and ex-college dropout, he earned a BA in creative writing (Tusculum College) and an MFA in poetry (Washington University, St. Louis, where he served as Junior Writer-in-Residence). He received fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation, Conversation Literary Festival, and Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Reed was born and raised in South Carolina and lives in St. Louis. Anne Boyd Rioux is the author most recently of Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters, published by W. W. Norton, as well as Constance Fenimore Woolson: Portrait of a Lady Novelist, named one of the ten best books of 2016 by the Chicago Tribune. She is a professor of English at the University of New Orleans and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. Nathaniel Rich is the author of three novels: King Zeno (2018), Odds Against Tomorrow (winner of the 2013 New Orleans Library Society Award for Best Fiction), and The Mayor’s Tongue (2008). He is Writer-at-Large at the New York Times Magazine and a regular contributor to the Atlantic and Jack Robertson is the Spirit of Fi Yi Yi and the Mandingo Warrior’s Master Sewer. Since the mid 1980s, Robertson has helped create incredibly detailed beaded patches and masks that have been displayed at the Backstreet Cultural Museum and in Prospect 1 at the New Orleans Museum of Art. In addition to sewing, Robertson also plays the drums with the tribe during their annual processions and in other performances. Chris Rose, a New York Times Best-Selling writer, is best known for his writing in the Times-Picayune, where he gained attention for his chronicles of the effect of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary in recognition of his Katrina columns and was awarded a share in the Times-Picayune staff’s Pulitzer for Public Service. Sharyn Rosenblum is Vice President Senior Director of Media Relations with HarperCollins Publishers, including the HarperCollins imprints William Morrow, Dey Street Books, and Custom House. Tom Sancton, a former Paris bureau chief for Time magazine, is author of Song For My Fathers (2006), an acclaimed memoir of his jazz apprenticeship in 1960’s New Orleans. His most recent book, The Bettencourt Affair (2017), recounts the real-life story of the world’s richest woman, L’Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, and the younger man she showered with hundreds of millions— until her jealous daughter took him to court for elder abuse. The story was recently optioned as a TV mini-series. Henry I. Schvey has been professor of drama and comparative literature at Washington University in St. Louis since 1987, and is a director, playwright and memoirist as well as a scholar of modern American drama. Recent essays include “After the Fox: the influence of D.H. Lawrence upon Tennessee MARCH 27-31, 2019 41