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Williams” (Tennessee Williams Annual Review 2018), and “‘The Place I Was Meant For’: Tennessee Williams in New Orleans” (New Orleans: The Literary History, 2019). Forthcoming is St. Pollution: The Strange Relationship of Tennessee Williams and St. Louis for the University of Missouri Press (2020). Elizabeth F. Schwartz served as co- counsel on the case challenging Florida’s same- sex marriage ban brought by the National Center for Lesbian Rights. This lawsuit resulted in the ordering of Miami- Dade county to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Publications include: Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise; Transgender Discrimination, Trial Magazine (American Association for Justice, Oct. 2016); Out and About: LGBT Experience in the Profession, Trailblazing Advocacy (American Bar Association, 2015) Francine Segal, as cited by Williams, belongs to that true aristocracy of passionate theatre souls. She holds an MFA in theatre, having trained in the U. K., Columbia University, and the University of New Orleans.  Years as a Theatre Professor segued to Dialogue Coaching film stars, such as Mark Wahlberg, Nicholas Cage, Alexander Skarsgard, Matthew McConaughey, and Jessica Lange. She is a Big Easy award recipient for Maria Callas in Master Class, and has played the Princess for TWNOLF, Louise Nevelson in New York, Gnadiges Fraulein in Provincetown. Film roles include Monster’s Ball, Storyville, and Cat People. Francine is directing an adaptation of A Confederacy of Dunces for the Festival. 42 Katy Simpson Smith was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. She is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835, and the novels The Story of Land and Sea and Free Men. A novel about Rome is forthcoming in March 2020. She lives in New Orleans, and is currently serving as the Eudora Welty Chair for Southern Literature at Millsaps College. Dale Stinchcomb is Assistant Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection at Houghton Library. Since 2011, he has curated exhibitions on topics ranging from Shakespeare to the artwork of actor John Lithgow. He serves on the executive board of the Theatre Library Association and the Ticknor Society and is currently at work on a photographic history of the Boston Theatre District. Anaïs St. John is an elegant and seductive Creole songstress whose daunting stage presence thrills audiences in venues both intimate and grand. A native New Orleanian and daughter of jazz alto saxophonist Marion Brown, she is a seasoned performer of jazz, opera, and musical theater. Anaïs was a Big Easy Award nominee for two of her shows, Last Dance: A Tribute to Donna Summer and A Purrfect Evening...The Songs of Eartha Kitt. She performs every Wednesday at The Little Gem Saloon in New Orleans. Sarah Tolcser is the author of the Song of the Current series. She lives and writes in a 100-year-old house in New Orleans. She is a graduate of TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL St. Lawrence University, where she double majored in writing and philosophy, two things everyone claimed would keep her unemployed forever. She enjoys video games, NBA basketball, and books about girls who blow stuff up. The C in Tolcser is silent. Poppy Tooker, food personality, teacher and author, champions the food ways of New Orleans and the world in her award winning, NPR-affiliated radio show, Louisiana Eats! Poppy provides restaurant and food news weekly on the PBS show, Steppin’ Out on WYES TV. Recognized internationally and across the U.S. as one of New Orleans’ food ambassadors, her writing reflects a deep knowledge of Louisiana’s food and its people. Tooker’s fifth book, the Pascal’s Manale Cookbook debuted in fall 2018. Teresa Toulouse, Professor Emerita, Departments of English, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Tulane University, directed the Tulane American Studies Program (1989-2006.) Publications include essays and monographs on early American religion, history, and Indian captivity, an edited volume of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s sermons (with Andrew Delbanco) and a co-edited interdisciplinary collection on the environmental humanities. She conceived and taught “New Orleans as a Cultural System” with the late Mac Heard (Tulane School of Architecture.) She is coediter (with Barbara C. Ewell) of Sweet Spots: In-Between Spaces in New Orleans. Mark VanLandingham is a demographer and sociologist currently leading projects focused on the antecedents and consequences of large scale rural-to-urban migration within Southeast Asia; and acculturation, health, and well-being among Vietnamese immigrants in the U. S. He co-leads (with Mary Waters and David Abramson) a team of researchers from Tulane, Harvard, NYU, Brown, and Michigan investigating Health and Demographic Disparities in long term Recovery from Hurricane Katrina (HDDR-HD), funded by a new Program Award (P01) from NIH. Jon Michael Varese is a historical novelist and scholar of 19th-century literature. He is currently the Director of Public Outreach for The Dickens Project, a multi-campus research consortium at the University of California. His debut novel, The Spirit Photographer, which takes place in Boston and New Orleans, arose out of his work in American History and the Reconstruction period. He lives in Kinderhook, NY. Annelies Verbeke’s 2003 debut novel Slaap! (Sleep!) was published in 22 countries and was much- lauded. Her 2015 novel Thirty Days was chosen best Dutch novel of 2015 by readers of a leading Dutch newspaper, won the F. Bordewijk Award, the Opzij Literature prize for best novel, and was nominated for the ECI Literature Prize. Her 2017 short story collection Halleluja made the shortlist of the ECI Literature Prize and won the J.M.A. Biesheuvel Prize for best short story collection of the year. She lives in Ghent, Belgium.